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In the Suicide Squad movie, we are introduced to the character who (according to imdb) is Slipknot. Within the movie,

He is described as having "the ability to climb anything". An ability that is seemingly so boring that he dies in the first five minutes of being introduced.

So my question is, in the comics, is Slipknot a more formidable villain? What makes him one of "the baddest of the bad" that would put him on the ranks of Deadshot and El Diablo?

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    +1 Gotta ask the tough questions that the movie can't be bothered to answer. – GGMG Aug 10 '16 at 2:00
  • @GGMG I thought it was a gap that needed filling. It seemed odd that they'd immediately wipe an actual DC character from the DCU rather than make a new one. – DeeV Aug 10 '16 at 2:24
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Slipknot.

Slipknot is a master in the use of ropes, including unbreakable ones, and a trained assassin. He created a chemical adhesive which he then applied to his ropes, making them nearly indestructible. Weiss uses the ropes to strangle, grapple, and hold down his opponents. In addition to his ropes, Slipknot is an expert assassin, able to kill swiftly and silently.

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He is one of the early members of Suicide Squad in the comics and, at least within the comics, he is a formidable assassin (albeit, like most formidable assassins in comics, he very seldom succeeds). He is also mildly famous for being Captain Boomerang's testcase in "The Final Price" / Suicide Squad 9 (January, 1988) on whether the explosive leashes (then bracelets, not cranial bombs) actually worked.

Slipknot discusses the 'arm band bombs' with Captain Boomerang. These deterrent devices are placed on the less trustworthy members and are set to explode if the person goes too far out of range.

Captain Boomerang states that he believes the bombs are fake. This is enough for Slipknot. When he discovers his talent for strangling is useless against robots he makes a run for it into the swamp. The device begins beeping and flashing an alarm, but Slipknot ignores the warning and once he gets out of range, his right arm is blown off. Boomerang, who had not been sure of the bombs' existence himself, thinks 'better you than me'.

So, in short, it's a callback to continuity and a way to show that Waller is deadly earnest about keeping them in line. As a bonus, as a relatively obscure character, his death isn't likely to affect sales.

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    More than likely it was to mix the original and the new52 cast. Also I remember there being somewhere that someone does the exact same thing Slipknot does in one of the comics or the DCA Movie so he was likely just a throw away character and an easter egg for fans of the original. – Durakken Aug 10 '16 at 4:08
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    It actually sounds like they were being faithful to the source material. – DeeV Aug 10 '16 at 13:43
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    So you're saying Boomerang... roped him in to his scheme? – Rogue Jedi Aug 11 '16 at 2:50

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