Concept art from David Ayer's Suicide Squad shows what King Shark could have looked like in the 2016 ensemble movie.
The images, which were designed by concept artist Peter Mitchell Rubin and shared on Twitter, depict King Shark in his redesigned hammerhead shark iteration. He also sports a Hawaiian shirt as a nod to his comic book origin.
suicide squad concepts art by Peter Mitchell Rubin pic.twitter.com/QAAUsNgzEx— Brainiac (@fictionalchaaaa) November 29, 2018
First introduced in 1994's Superboy #0 King Shark is the alias of a Nanaue — a humanoid shark who became a recurring enemy of Superboy. The character has appeared as part of the Suicide Squad in the past and became an integral part of the team after DC's New 52 reboot. King Shark has also appeared in the likes of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, The Flash live-action TV series and even the animated Batman: Assault on Arkham, which centered around the Suicide Squad.
Ayer has previously mentioned that King Shark was supposed to fulfill the team's "giant monster" quota. However, Ayer decided to pick Killer Croc over King Shark due to the latter being affected by CGI constraints. Any version of King Shark would've relied on expensive CGI that might've not done the character justice and aged quickly.
Suicide Squad was a box office hit with $750 million worldwide and even won an Academy Award. That being said, the movie premiered to mixed reviews and currently sits at just 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Whether or not King Shark joins the team in James Gunn's upcoming Suicide Squad 2 remains to be seen. As it stands, a fresh take on Task Force X could easily adapt Nanaue and bring the fan-favorite character to life in the DC Extended Universe.
There is currently no release date set for Suicide Squad 2, though reports indicate Warner Bros. may be targeting a 2020 release date.