‘Suicide Squad’ Explained: All You Need to Know About Supervillain Team in Under 5 Minutes (Video)

Learn the origins of Amanda Waller, the Joker and Deadshot

Last Updated: July 14, 2015 @ 9:51 AM

Following the release of the Comic-Con trailer for Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” some fans were left scratching their heads, as the film contains a number of lesser-known DC Comics characters.

For those hoping to bone up on the supervillain team’s backstory, there’s a helpful video guide that walks you through each character in the David Ayer-directed film in less than five minutes.

For example, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is the squad’s handler, responsible for choosing its members, as well as detonating microexplosives implanted in them should they get out of hand.

As for Deadshot (Will Smith), he tried to kill his abusive father with a rife, but an accident resulted in him killing his revered older brother instead. Now an assassin for hire, he’s looking for a glorious death to atone for his sins.

And everybody’s favorite madman, the Joker (Jared Leto), was actually never a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics. The Clown Prince of Crime’s level of involvement in the film is yet to be determined.

Watch the video.