If you don’t know much about the Suicide Squad you might be wondering, how exactly does the government get all of these supervillains to do their bidding? The answer is as simple as you might expect: blackmail and coercion. We often think of villains as soulless monsters who hurt others for the sake of hurting them, but the Suicide Squad reminds us that almost everyone has something to lose. In one of the more famous cases of coercion, Amanda Waller often tantalizes Deadshot with the idea of seeing his daughter again to motivate him to carry out an assassination.
The general promise that motivates the team and keeps them on task is the promise of a reduced sentence. With most of the team being supervillains, they have all worked up huge rap sheets. Along with these come all of the sentences for each offense. For most of them, they would spend lifetimes in prison, but this allows them to take large portions of their sentences off. Although it might not seem worth it to risk your life for the possibility of a reduced sentence, supervillains are the type of people to take that wager.
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