June 9 - 11, 2023

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Suicide Squad 2: Role Call

By Lizzie Carr

The sneak peek of Suicide Squad 2 from James Gunn at DC Fandome included an explosive line up of characters with some incredible casting choices. Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller will all be back for Suicide Squad 2, but there is a plethora of new characters joining alongside. Some of these characters are making their first cinematic debut, so if you’re unfamiliar with this cast of misfits, it’s time for some introductions…

Blackguard (Pete Davidson)

Hired by The 1000, Blackguard (or Richard Hertz) is a fairly unintelligent brute who was given energy construct creation armor. His armor gives him the ability to create a mace and shield out of pure energy, thus leading his career from hired thug to somewhat of a super-criminal. After leaving (or escaping) The 1000, he later joins the Suicide Squad which unfortunately doesn’t end too well for him.

Bloodsport (Idris Elba)

While Bloodsport has been depicted as three different people throughout his comic history (Robert DuBois, Alex Trent, and an unidentified person), it will be Robert DuBois appearing in Suicide Squad. Dubois is the infamous felon obsessed with the Vietnam War after his own failure to go and fight results in his brother taking his place and becoming a quadruple amputee. His felony? He shot and injured Superman with kryptonite bullets…yeesh.

Javelin (Flula Borg)

An Olympic athlete turned criminal, Javelin’s villainous talent is, well, you guessed it…throwing pointed things! With a collection of spears at his disposal, Javelin has actually been killed off several times and a couple of those times were even at the hand of his own weapon (impalement on a spear, and an obstructed exploding javelin). However, he always resurfaces and lives to throw things another day.

King Shark (Steve Agee)

As the son of ‘The King of All Sharks’ (also known as the Shark God), King Shark (Nanaue) is a humanoid Shark who happens to be a killing machine (a shark on legs a killing machine? Go figure!) His super strength, durability, stamina, regenerative healing, and many more fantastic/terrifying abilities make him a formidable warrior. He even survives when the explosive belt attached to his waist detonates during his first adventure with the Suicide Squad! Although his appearance in ‘The New 52’ changed, introducing him as a humanoid hammerhead shark, Gunn has kept the classic and iconic look for King Shark. Cue Jaws music…

Mongal (Mayling Ng)

From the planet Debstam IV, Mongal (not to be mistaken with Mongul the Younger or Mongul the Elder) is a vicious alien warlord with incredible strength and stamina. She’s a threat to Superman after she tries to kill him, tries to destroy New York, and then becomes the Queen of Almerac but the threat doesn’t last too long. Mongal has some serious family issues – and that’s putting it lightly – and this keeps her, well, preoccupied.

Peacemaker (John Cena)

Peacemaker (or ‘douchey Captain America’, as Cena puts it) is another character that’s seen a couple of iterations throughout his comic career, but gracing the screen will be Christopher Smith, a superhero who’s so obsessed with ‘peacemaking’ that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get it (excessive violence very much included). He believes the souls of his victims are collected in his helmet and talk to him to provide guidance. Oh, and the ghost of his Nazi father haunts him too. You know, normal stuff.

Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian)

Abner Krill, who firstly went by the name Mister Polka-Dot, started out as nothing more than a criminal who just wanted to catch the eye of Batman. Donning a suit covered in Polka Dots, when the spots are removed they have a variety of uses like becoming a flying buzzsaw, a giant bubble, a fist, and (my personal favourite) a hole that teleports. (Which is pretty much straight out of Bugs Bunny’s bag o’ tricks).

Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior)

Ratcatcher 2 is a new character for DC, currently rumored to be the daughter of Ratcatcher. So, while we don’t know much about this new character specifically, we can safely assume she’ll have a similar, if not the same, ability as her predecessor: the power to communicate with rats. If she’s anything like the Ratcatcher, she’ll also wield a cyanide gas gun, and perhaps her in-depth knowledge of the sewer systems will come in handy.

Savant (Micheal Rooker)

Fans of the Birds of Prey comics will already know this character, also known as Brian Durlin, as the mentally complex genius who has a non-linear memory due to a chemical imbalance in his brain. An heir to massive wealth, Savant first moves to Gotham to become a vigilante but turns to crime using his hyper-intelligent computer skills. He eventually partners and, much later, falls in love with Creote, an ex KGB operative.

Solsoria (Alicia Braga)

A seemingly new creation for this film, there isn’t much known about Solsoria. However, there is speculation that her name is actually Sol Soria. With her last name being ‘Soria’ it could link her to Juan Soria, a criminal who begins his journey by wanting to do good but eventually ends up robbing a bank.

TDK (Nathan Fillion)

TDK is a surprise new character of James Gunn’s creation, and after the character poster was revealed fans everywhere were quick to notice something a little off about this look – his limbs aren’t attached. We’re now assuming that TDK stands for ‘The Detachable Kid’, which could actually be a reference to an obscure DC character from the 80’s…Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (yes, that’s REAL)! His super ability was that his arms could, you know, fall off…which he would then use to beat people up with.

The Thinker (Peter Capaldi)

Taking various different forms throughout the comics since 1943, including being a computer that gains consciousness, Capaldi will be playing Clifford DeVoe, a disgraced lawyer who becomes the brains behind Gotham’s small crimes before eventually joining the Injustice League. He develops numerous devices, but his most important creation is the ‘Thinking Cap’, a device designed to allow full usage of the brain. The ‘Thinking Cap’ also turns him into a meta-human with extremely enhanced intelligence after he and the Cap are exposed to the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion.

Weasel (Sean Gunn)

University professor, Jack Monroe, was a deranged person whose taunts from classmates, including nicknames like ‘weasel’, haunted him. In order to get tenure, he decides to threaten the school…by murdering three of his previous classmates who now work at the university. While stalking and murdering on campus, he dresses up as a weasel. In the new timeline from ‘The New 52’, the character of Weasel isn’t dressed in a costume but is more of…well, a human-sized weasel. This Weasel is considered a joke among villains and heroes, and we have a feeling that this slightly more comedic angle is what we’ll be seeing on the big screen from actor Sean Gunn.