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Why “Suicide Squad” Replaced King Shark With Killer Croc

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Why “Suicide Squad” Replaced King Shark With Killer Croc

As unlikely as it might be, 1990s Superboy comics villain King Shark has experienced a bit of a renaissance in recent years, with appearances in the animated “Batman: Assault on Arkham,” the “LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham” video game and, more recently, on “The Flash” live-action TV series.

However, it turns out the humanoid shark just missed sinking his teeth into his biggest role yet — in Warner Bros.“Suicide Squad.”

During a Twitter Q&A on Friday, writer/director David Ayer revealed he initially wanted King Shark as a member of Task Force X.

“One of the characters I was thinking about for the Squad lineup was actually King Shark, but we realized it would take a lot of work — a lot of CG work,” he said. “I wasn’t quite comfortable with having a full-CG character. We actually ended up going with Killer Croc, who turned out to be the right guy for the job.”

Played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Killer Croc actually shares some traits with King Shark — deadly teeth and claws, super-strength, a tendency to eat people — and serves as the muscle for Task Force X. So, yeah, it’s a pretty solid trade-off.

Opening Aug. 5, “Suicide Squad” also stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez,Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.

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