Hot on the heels of this week’s new that Idris Elba is replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, now comes word on some of the new additions we can expect to see in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel.
Courtesy of Collider, we have news of some new villains who’ll be joining the shenanigans of Task Force X in The Suicide Squad.
The big-name attraction for most people will be that the ever-popular King Shark is joining the mix, and Nanaue will be joined by Ratcatcher, Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker.
For those unfamiliar with these characters, King Shark is a all-powerful humanoid shark that usually faces off with The Flash; Ratcatcher is a Batman rogue who was once an exterminator before turning to a poisonous-gas-driven villain; Polka-Dot Man is another Gotham-based bad guy and can turn the polka-dots on his body into fireballs; and Peacemaker is an uber-pacifist who will literally kill for peace.
In other notes, it’s reported that the Ratcatcher role is actually being gender-swapped for the movie. Comic book-wise, Ratcatcher is known as Otis Flannegan, but the take on the character seen in The Suicide Squad will be female. Elsewhere, it’s believed that James Gunn is keen to sign Dave Bautista up for the Peacemaker gig; Bautista, of course, having played Drax in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy pictures.
At present, it’s believed that the majority of Suicide Squad’s core characters will be returning for this sequel – and yes, the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad is titled The Suicide Squad – although Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn won’t be a part of this outing. Instead, Robbie’s Maid of Mischief will be front-and-centre in Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey.
Written by Gunn, and likely to be directed by him, The Suicide Squad is currently booked in for an August 2021 release.