James Gunn Assembles His New Suicide Squad

Ever since director James Gunn agreed to write and direct DC Films upcoming reboot of Suicide Squad, many wondered who would be in or out. We know Will Smith is being replaced with Idris Elba for the role of Deadshot. We recently found out Joel Kinnaman is also out as Rick Flag as well. Margot Robbie who portrays Harley Quinn is now being rumored to make a brief appearance in the film (fan can see more Harley in the upcoming ”Birds of Prey” film. The great thing about a Suicide Squad film is that the series always had a revolving door of team members. Mostly because they either died or escaped. But mostly died. 

The only thing needed as a holdover from the original team (besides Robbie’s Harley) is the Amanda Waller character. Rumor is Viola Davis is already in talks to return. As for the rest of the team, it looks like Gunn has dug deep into the DC Universe of characters and pulled some really odd balls to make up his new Suicide Squad. Check out the line-up below:

King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher, and Peacemaker. I like to think I know my DC Characters, but outside of King Shark, I have no clue who these other dudes are.

So just who are these new characters you ask? Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is a villain in Gotham City that started life as an exterminator before turning to a life of crime. The report states that the plan is to gender-swap this character for the movie. He, or she in this case, has an army of rats that obey her commands. King Shark, aka Nanaue, may be the son of a shark god, or may just be a horrible mutation. Either way, he’s a walking, talking, gigantic shark-person. Polka-Dot Man has the ability to grow polka-dots on his body that can be used as weapons and also resides in Gotham. Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, is a lover of peace that uses extreme methods, such as murder, to accomplish it.

One interesting wrinkle is that James Gunn is said to see Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, as Peacemaker. Bautista has been particularly critical of Disney’s decision to fire Gunn in the first place and previously voiced his desire to join the filmmaker’s DC project. The Suicide Squad is looking to begin production later this year and is set to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. This news was first reported by Collider.

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