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Do You Recognize the Latino Actor Who Plays El Diablo in 'Suicide Squad'?'


Do You Recognize the Latino Actor Who Plays El Diablo in ‘Suicide Squad’?’

Have you seen the official trailer for Suicide Squad?


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The movie features a band of DC Comics villains who are brought together by the government for a “special” mission.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s your chance to catch up. If you have, watch the trailer again:

Comic book geek heaven.

OK, so you probably noticed the tatted up cholo with flames coming out of his hands.


ICYMI, there’s a “Mi Vida Loca” tattoo near his right shoulder.

His name is Chato Santana, but you can call him El Diablo.

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And he’s played by Jay Hernandez. Yeah, the same Jay Hernandez from Crazy/Beautiful


As well as Hostel, Friday Night Lights and Gang Related.

El Diablo isn’t a random cholo created just for the movie. The character was established in 2011 as a part of DC’s New 52 Universe.

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In the Suicide Squad comics, Chato Santana is a criminal who meets the original El Diablo, Lazarus Lane, while being treated for gunshot wounds in a hospital. Lane, who is in a coma, transfers his powers to Santana before his death.

So what are El Diablo’s powers? He shoots flames from his hands.


Although he’s packing a flame thrower in each hand, Santana is no hero.


In the Suicide Squad comic book,  Santana attempts to collect a debt from gang members and burns down their building in retaliation. Later, Sanatana learns he has killed innocent women and children, so he turns himself in to police.

If you play video games, you may remember El Diablo from Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

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Criminals have never been cuter.

And from the looks of it, Hernandez can’t wait for people to see him in action:


“Bringing this character to life has been an amazing journey. Summer 2016, be ready. #suicidesquad #eldiablo.”

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