The Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailer is hiding an Easter egg that hints at the series’ history.
The new Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League storey trailer, which was released as part of DC Fandome 2021, reveals a few details that show how well the Rocksteady Studios team is aware of the source of the comic book.
Several of the chosen inmates’ prison numbers are actually references to their first appearances in comic books in the opening scene of Amanda Waller recruiting the team at the Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
Captain Boomerang’s 117-12-60 refers to his first appearance in The Flash #117 in December 1960. If you go back to that classic issue, you’ll notice how different Digger Harkness looks now compared to when – he almost looks like a Steak ‘n Shake server.
Then there’s King Shark, whose uniform indicates that he’s a transfer from Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary, the DC prison from which Amanda Waller most frequently recruits in comics and film. His number is 001094 and refers to his first appearance in Superboy #0 in October 1994. In terms of fashion, he’s stayed pretty consistent – the Shark look is timeless.
Deadshot, inmate number 59-06-50. That’s a nod to his debut in Batman #59 in June 1950 where he first debuted almost 70 years back. That was a different Deadshot back then compared to now – with a tuxedo, top hat, domino mask, and pencil-thin moustache.
Finally, Harley Quinn’s inmate outfit in the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League storey trailer does not appear to have inmate numbers, which is understandable given that she did not make her comic book debut. Unlike her three other counterparts, Harley Quinn first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series years before she was introduced in comic books.