Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

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Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

With El Diablo and DC Comics, there are 3 renderings of him in this universe so it can get a little messy and complicated to explain. So I’m going to try my best and start in the beginning and hopefully get it right 😉

Disclaimer: I am using these photos in this post for creative purposes only and I do not own them and they are owned by the respected comic, DC Universe, and movie owners.


El Diablo, first started out in the 1970’s in the All-Star Western comic starting in issue #2, where he is an old west hero, his real name was Lazurus Lane in this rendering. He is dressed in black with a red mask and has a pure black horse. El Diablo saved multiple people in this comic, including a woman giving birth to her child and an older gentleman.

El Diablo’s powers came when he got struck by lighting and was put in a coma. A Native American shaman called the “Wise Owl” cured him with a catch of giving him the curse of raising hell, in a way, with his fire powers this was revealed in the 2007’s comic Jonah Hex Volume 2 issue #11. During this version, the Wise Owl has been made into a trickster and bad person all around and not what a shaman would be.

This was the first version of  El Diablo.

Another El Diablo named Rafael Sandoval who appeared in Secret Origins volume 2. #45, was a Texas councilmen who seeks justice as a vigilante. When he was growing his father was killed in an unjust construction accident and the man responsible got away with it. When he got older he became a lawyer and returned to his hometown to become a councilman but people keep stopping him from seeking justice. In his career as councilmen there were many arsons that he couldn’t prevent or get justice for but as El Diablo, he could.

Rafael Sandoval as “El Diablo”

Another rendering of El Diablo is Chato Santana and the newest one also, and the one I think the directors got their inspiration from for the Suicide Squad movie. In this version of El Diablo he was in the hospital paralyzed and was a gang member, next to him, was nonetheless Lazurus Lane. A while later Santana’s gang “friends” come in and shut him up and Santana is in the spirit world with El Diablo who is looking for a new host, so to cheat death Santana becomes El Diablo.

The old west El Diablo is still around, though, not seen as much even though with a different backstory and different everything then the new El Diablo that is Chato Santana which is the face of the Suicide Squad comics, which is why the directors choose him.

Chato Santana as El Diablo

The difference between Santana and the movie version of him is that he didn’t kill his wife and kid, instead he was seeking revenge on the gang members that tried to kill him by shooting him in the back and paralyzing him (which is how he became El Diablo), he is burning down a house that belongs to him but he soon realizes it has women and children. Like Suicide Squad he turns himself over to the police, he is given the death penalty, this is where Amanda Waller finds him and how he starts in Suicide Squad.

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I hope you enjoyed this insight into the many legacies of El Diablo and found it as interesting as I did researching it!


Disclaimer: I am using these photos in this post for creative purposes only and I do not own them and they are owned by the respected comic, DC Universe, and movie owners.

 

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2 Responses to Suicide Squad Analysis: El Diablo

  1. Pepi says:

    Wow… that’s a hell of a change! I didn’t know he looked like that at the beginning!

    • Jenna VanHoof says:

      There were 3 versions, it took a lot of research, I’ll tell you that. The Western El Diablo was first, then the Texas one, then the one from Suicide Squad is the newest 🙂 The western one as I said makes an appearance every now and then, I think his last appearance was in the Justice League cartoon.

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