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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of the Enchantress from the DC Extended Universe. The mainstream version can be found here: The Enchantress (DC).
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It is our time. The sun is setting and the magic rises. The Metahumans are a sign of change.
~ The Enchantress' pitch regarding her motives.
I am your destiny, June, and you are mine.
~ The Enchantress in the novelization.
Why do you serve those who cage you?
~ Enchantress to the members of Task Force X.
I saved the best for last. The Witch. I'm talking a flying, spell-casting, making-shit-disappear witch. A sorceress from another dimension. Another world. Archaeologist Dr. June Moone wandered into the wrong cave. June... She opened something she shouldn't have... releasing a metahuman more powerful than any we've encountered. The Enchantress.
Along with her brother Incubus, Enchantress hails from another dimension, who was born in 4357 BCE and found her way to Earth, where the mystical siblings were worshiped as benevolent deities. She was powerful sorceress and she possessed archaeologist Dr. June Moone, who is also the love interest for Colonel Richard "Rick" Flag Jr. Awakening in the modern world in 2016, she revived her brother and they endeavored to create a weapon of mass destruction to reclaim the world for them to rule once more. Their revolution was ultimately foiled during the climactic Battle of Midway City and her heart was crushed by Flag, eradicating the source of her mystical power forever.
Born in 4357 BCE, the Enchantress was an entity from another dimension that was once worshiped by an unspecified South American culture, along with her brother Incubus. In 1984 BCE, an undisclosed group of people betrayed them, destroyed their physical bodies, and sealed their spirits in totems, left in a temple for nearly seven thousand years.
Reawakening and conquest
My spell is complete. Once you and your armies are gone, my darkness will spread across this world. And it will be mine to rule.
~ Enchantress revealing her plan.
Originally a thrill seeking youth, Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist, is possessed by the spirit of the Enchantress whilst excavating the ruined temple and destroying her totem in 2016. Enchantress awakened and became bemused by how much Earth had changed since she was dethroned, and was currently unable to locate Incubus.
Eventually located by Amanda Waller and monitored by Colonel Rick Flag, June enters a relationship with Flag and is recruited into the 'Task Force X', after the heart of the Enchantress is discovered. With the heart, Waller is able to maintain control over Enchantress.
Following the supposed death of Superman, Waller assembles the Suicide Squad (composed of Deadshot, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Katana, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, and Slipknot). She approaches the government for approval by having the Enchantress to use her teleportation abilities to steal a highly-classified file detailing Iran's nuclear arsenal inventory. The government approve of this after receiving the file.
However, the Enchantress sets off in Midway City and finds the vial which contained the soul of her brother Incubus. She kills a businessman to use his body as a host for Incubus, who then attacked the Midway City subway, killing many people and destroying trains. When the army and police fail to stop Incubus' attacks, the Enchantress reveals her true colors by severing her ties with Waller, who then tries to kill her. However, the Enchantress is save when Incubus uses his power, which allowed her to create and raise an army of monsters. She then plans on creating a powerful weapon to eradicate humankind from the face of the Earth.
This forces the Suicide Squad to be called in to stop the Enchantress at all costs. Following Slipknot's death, the Suicide Squad learns about Waller's involvement with the Enchantress that led to the attack in the first place, so they decided to abandon the mission. However, they have a change of heart and locate the Enchantress at a flooded subway station.
Go ahead. You don't have the balls.
~ Enchantress' last words before she dies.
As El Diablo sacrifices himself to destroy Incubus, the rest of the Suicide Squad battle against the Enchantress, but they are no match for her. However, Harley manages to trick the Enchantress into letting her guard down by offering an allegiance with her, which allows Harley to cut out the Enchantress' heart; Flag then crushes it under his boot. The Enchantress dies along with her powers, and June is finally freed from her curse.
Because of her "godly" status in the world, Enchantress developed a God-complex, having been worshiped as a deity over the years in various places. Because of this, she is understandably very eager to conquer the modern world with her mystical powers, once she possesses June Moone, frees herself from Amanda Waller, and frees her brother. Her personality prior to being betrayed and imprisoned is unknown, but she was worshipped along with her brother by the global population and they clearly work well together as leaders so it can be assumed she was a benevolent and competent ruler. Like Incubus, Enchantress was vastly confident in her ability to renew and redeem humankind and this coupled with her powers made her impossible to intimidate. They also gave Enchantress extreme pride in her status as one of the oldest living metahumans, making her confidence reach the point of arrogance following her return and inducing her to take into account that people worshiped her. Much like Steppenwolf, she believed power was the only real law which made the earth her right and that humans were currently too weak to see the truth, seeing them as redeemable and genuinely desiring their love instead of their fear, sincerely pitying Task Force X for the cruelty their captors showed both them and her, and holding tyrants such as Amanda Waller in contempt (ironically despite sharing her superiority complex). Thus, she takes great pleasure in showing off her powers (such as when she treated her unwilling clash with Task Force X like it was a deadly dance before decisively ending it with a hand gesture) and firmly believes that it is the metahumans' destiny to inherit the Earth from their human oppressors, believing that the events of recent years are a sign that they are ready to rise against “those who cage [them]”.
Although she did not hesitate to do what was necessary to cleanse and renew the world and thus showed no remorse for using June as a vessel or bringing down modern constructs such as buildings or roads, Enchantress only did anything harsh or questionable to serve the greater good, being aware sacrifices would have to be made for evolution in any form, and as a result she did not exercise violence needlessly, as best shown with her ignoring Waller's taunts and her horrible memories of Waller's cruelty and simply knocking her out and throwing her aside (closing her eyes to ensure she doesn't feel any real pleasure in seeing Waller's incapacitation), and even demonstrated a more tender side to her such as when she softly held Incubus as she explained what was going on, politely encouraged Task Force X to come talk to her directly, and encouraged Harley she was a woman of her word (being unaware her loyalty to her and her sentiment towards her boyfriend were both smokescreens). Because of her empathy for the descendants of her loyal subjects, Enchantress was willing to allow certain humans, provided that they were useful or amusing, such as Deadshot or Harley Quinn to have high places in her otherwise metahuman-filled ranks and even was willing to make offers to them (such as her offer to Harley to resurrect the Joker, who was her presumed deceased lover), provided they agreed to join her and accept her as their mistress. Sadly, it is because of her mercy that she is relatively easily outsmarted by the cunning, yet far less powerful Harley Quinn, which allows Enchantress to be defeated.
Inevitably, Enchantress is highly intelligent and has a well-managed temper. Despite being around for a few weeks at best, she seemed to understand what the b-word meant when Waller used it and what Harley meant when she said she “lost her pudding”. She is also cunning in her own right, notably creating a large army of humans whom she converted into Eyes of the Adversary, the better to bring people under her control, albeit mostly those who tried to kill her and her brother such as the Police Department or US Armed Forces. She also managed to use Rick Flag's love for her host, June Moone, to keep him quiet about her vanishing (to free Incubus) by showing him a vision of June dying. Her plan to free Incubus and “bolt” during the early stages of Task Force X's deployment shows her skills as a tactician.
For all her evil, Enchantress loves her brother Incubus; they are about as close as two siblings can be and share an ambition to revolutionize society. Although she tended to be the ringleader in their revolution, they still did just about everything together, with her helping him adjust to the 'new world' and trusting him enough to risk her neck leaving Waller knowing he reciprocated her love and was strong enough to save her. After Incubus' death at the hands of Task Force X, she is devastated and, upon her posterior defeat, expresses a desire to be reunited with him in death.
Despite coming across on several occasions as being arrogant and genuinely self-centered, Enchantress, like her brother, has ultimately always had good intentions, as both of them genuinely believed that their actions were what was best for humanity as a whole, and for the sake of recreating civilization for them after destroying the one they had replaced their own with, to in their eyes cleanse an egregiously corrupt world, though their strong convictions were arguably not misplaced. She also showed an almost informal disrespect for current world leaders who had taken the earth in her absence, sexually straddling a board member, frequently giving Waller dirty looks and mockingly asking her a rhetorical question about the way her “armies” could fall (even smirking about it), and making Rick Flag hallucinate that June Moone was on her deathbed.
Apart from having a condescending and almost sassy attitude around her enemies, Enchantress is also shown to have a very mischievous side to her such as the time when she deliberately pressed the button to live explosives only seconds after Rick Flag had instructed her how to detonate them before teleporting away while laughing. As well as caressing a board member condescendingly and deliberately jump scaring Gerard Davis for seemingly no reason other than her amusement by appearing in a bathroom mirror before grabbing his head through the mirror and smashing it into the glass, all before transferring her brother's mind and soul into his body. All of this indicates that the Enchantress has a very twisted sense of humor. Somewhat ironically this makes her very similar to Harley Quinn, the one who ultimately renders her defeat possible. She even shows a childlike excitement to restore the old ways and laughs excitedly before flying into June's mouth and later looks astounded by her own physical transmutation just before the revolution began.
Curiously, Enchantress refers on two occasions to intending to “wipe out” humanity despite frequently mentioning she wants to resume her reign over them. Her reasons for such phrasing are unclear, although it is definitely possible her anger towards the people for falling so low without her may have simply manifested in this choice of words showing she was clearly still hurt by her past regarding whomever turned on her and her brother.
The Enchantress' full body shot in Empire magazine.
The Enchantress in a promo picture.
The Enchantress in a poster of the movie.
Promo art of the Enchantress.
Enchantress quieting Rick Flag.
Echantress in Rick's hotel room.
The Enchantress creating her army.
The Enchantress empowered.
The Enchantress at the apex of her mystical potency.
The Enchantress is often not well praised by viewers and critics as an antagonist due to lack of screen time and underdeveloped motivations and personality. She received formal criticism for being extremely cliched. Her outfit also received criticism, albeit most of it being volatile and immature, for revealing much of her female anatomy. In addition, Cara Delevingne only received the role due to volunteering in place of a more experienced actress being too insecure to film nude.
This is the first live-action portrayal of the character.
The Enchantress was advertised only as a member of the squad before the movie had come out. However, The Enchantress escapes Waller's confinement before she can even become a member of the Task Force and quickly becomes the main threat.
Director David Ayer revealed that the original script for Suicide Squad would have seen the Enchantress under the influence of a Mother Box with Steppenwolf as he uses a Boom Tube to commence invasion.
The Enchantress' initial beginnings and motivations are extremely similar to those of Apocalypse from the X-Men Cinematic Universe, who was the main antagonist in a film released less than three months prior. But the difference is that Enchantress was betrayed by her own royal officials and did not survive which forced her to possess an archaeologist and wanted to revolutionize and renew humans as well as their metahuman counterparts; whereas Apocalypse was overthrown by his disgruntled subjects and survived by spending millennia in hypersleep and believed non-mutates deserved only genocide.
The Enchantress' host is similar to Midnight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls- Friendship Games; they both started out as scientists who were blackmailed by corrupt officials, but then they gained super powers and turned against their employers and sought to wreak havoc on the world. In the end, they were redeemed by those that they loved.
The Enchantress' host is also similar to Edea being possessed by Sorceress Ultimecia: They both possessed the victims and the latter were set free.
Enchantress is a playable DLC character in Injustice 2.