When James Gunn came on-board to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., the initial rumors indicated it would be a soft reboot with new characters. New reports reveal that it will bring in new characters, but also maintain a connection to David Ayer's first film.
According to Collider, it sounds like there will be four new villains introduced, even though Warner Bros. has not officially commented on the news yet. From the sound of it, the new villains will range from cult favorites to fairly obscure.
First, the news broke yesterday that Idris Elba is in the talks to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in The Suicide Squad. Also expected to return is Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Joel Kinnaman also might reprise his role as Rick Flagg. Outside of that, everyone else looks to be new.
Collider reports that the four new characters joining the team in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad are Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker.
Starting off with Peacemaker, he has been around since 1966. He is a "peace agent" who loves peace so much that he would kill for it. The big news here is that James Gunn reportedly wants Dave Bautista for the role. Based on his performance as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, this character seems to fit him like a glove.
The most famous name on the list is King Shark. He was actually a member of DC Comics' Suicide Squad, joining the team in 2011. This is a curious addition, as the character just appeared on The CW's The Flash.
Ratcatcher was introduced in 1985 as a Batman villain. While male in the comics, reports indicate that the character will be played by a woman in Gunn's film. Deadshot will reportedly act as a "surrogate father" for the villain.
Polka-Dot Man is also a Batman villain, originally appearing in 1962 as a man who uses polka dots as weapons. Through it all, the villains seem just bizarre enough to fit James Gunn's taste as a filmmaker.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021.