We’re three weeks from the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and as part of our new series focusing on breaking down this group of killer misfits, we’re now putting the spotlight on Adam Beach’s lethal assassin ropemaster Christopher Weiss aka Slipknot.
Originally created in 1984 by writers Joey Cavalieri and Gerry Conway, and artist Rafael Kayanan, Christopher Weiss originally worked for a chemical company where he first created his unbreakable ropes. He would later turn to crime and was an adversary of the superhero Firestorm. His proficiency was in the use of rope as a weapon, which he utilised to deadly effect as a hired assassin. Slipknot would later be forced into the Suicide Squad when the Manhunters first became a threat to earth.
Since then he has been a sort of knock-around villain within DC’s canon, making appearances in 2004’s Identity Crisis and 2005’s Infinite Crisis. His appearance within the forthcoming film is all down to David Ayer’s passion for DC’s wider characters, and should make for some interesting drama.
Ayer also really lucked out in the casting department with the presence of veteran performer Adam Beach. Known for his work in big budget films such as Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers and Joe Dirt, Beach has proven himself in every possible genre and is known for his intensity as a performer. This will fit nicely with Weiss, who in my view is possibly the biggest psycho out of all of the Squad. And yes I understand that the Squad is a perfect mismatch of psychotics and crazies, but there is just something severely unsettling about Slipknot’s appearance, and the fact that his favourite way to dispatch people is by strangulation.
The big question remains: will Slipknot make it to the end, or will be dispatched in the process? In my opinion, he’s gonna die very, very badly. The trailers have shown that he clearly has no love for authority, as he is seen assaulting a female federal marshal and having to be detained, and I’m pretty certain that he might meet his fate at the hands of Karen Fukuhara’s deadly samurai warrior Katana. Either that or Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) will dispatch him via a nanobomb as an example to the others. But whether he lives or dies, Beach will certainly make a big impression on audiences.
Suicide Squad will be released in cinemas on August 4 in New Zealand and Australia and on August 5 in the US and UK.