Suicide Squad’s Belle Reve takes its name from a surprising source, tapping into the dark irony of the “Beautiful Dream” of Task Force X.
Belle Reve is a maximum-security prison used to house supervillains in the DC Universe, traditionally acting as Amanda Waller’s recruitment pool for the Suicide Squad. Belle Reve has largely replaced Arkham Asylum in the pages of DC Comics as the primary facility to send super-criminals, and has at times held such heavy hitters as the Joker, Lex Luthor, Enchantress, Ocean Master, and other extremely powerful DC villains. Overseen by Amanda Waller, Belle Reve is also the home of Task Force X, otherwise knows as the Suicide Squad. As most DC fans are aware, the prison is used to assemble black ops teams for near-impossible missions. These missions have a high mortality rate and are often morally dubious in nature.
Belle Reve first appeared in the pages of 1987’s Suicide Squad #1 by John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell. The prison is located in Louisiana and was at one time a plantation owned by Isaiah DuBois, which was sold after his death due to the financial hardship of his heirs. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it bears more than a passing resemblance to a major plot point in A Streetcar Named Desire.