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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad: every new villain character, explained


We’ve known that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad would have an expansive cast for a while now, but we didn’t find out who they were all playing until today. At the The Suicide Squad panel at DC FanDome, the director finally gave us a full roll call of every washed up, third string supervillain in his movie.

The Suicide Squad are basically the Dirty Dozen of the DC Universe. Press ganged into fighting the fights of the US government, the clandestine squad of convicted super criminals that works off the radar (because the US government doesn’t want anyone to actually know they hired a bunch of super criminals to fight their fights).

Gunn’s new The Suicide Squad is building on David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad, bringing back several characters to reprise their roles, including Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the stone-faced creator of the Suicide Squad; Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag, the exhausted supervillain nanny; Jai Courtney as (Captain) Boomerang, the team’s resident firebrand; and, of course, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

But there are also a ton of new characters joining the team. After all, one of the major hallmarks of the Suicide Squad is that nobody is safe. If you’re gonna kill a lot of characters, you need a lot of cannon fodder. And that cannon fodder comes from the ranks of DC’s truly disposable villains, characters that nobody except the most obsessive comic book fans would love.

So let this obsessive comic book fan tell you who they are.


Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Idris Elba

Bloodsport has had a few variations since his creation in 1987, but basically, he uses guns to take on Superman. Otherwise, his incarnations have been very different. For example, in his first origin he was a Black man, who had a mental break after he found out that his brother took his place in the draft for Vietnam, and was manipulated by Lex Luthor into blaming Superman. In his second incarnation, he was a white supremacist.

But that version of him could teleport weapons in from other locations, so that could make it into the film, at least.


Michael Rooker as Savant in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Michael Rooker

Savant’s powers include being a certifiable genius, especially with computers and hand to hand fighting. The downside is that he struggles with short term memory, something Gunn’s comedic sensibilities could take advantage of.


Flula Borg as Javelin in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Flula Borg

I’m just going to leave the first line of Javelin’s DC Fan Wiki page here:

The man who would become the Javelin was an Olympic athlete, who for unknown reasons became a criminal.

He’s German, he tried to fight Green Lantern, what more do you need to know?

Polka-Dot Man

David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: David Dastmalchian

The Polka-Dot Man’s career is short and ignominious, but he’s a guy who developed a costume covered with dozens of polka dots. Each one transforms into a useful item when torn off his suit, like a buzz saw, a flare, a throwing projectile, or even a getaway vehicle.


Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Daniela Melchior

Ratcatcher lives in the sewers! Ratcatcher can talk to rats! Ratcatcher commands a rodent army! That’s it!

Ratcatcher is usually a guy in the comics, but is being played by a woman in The Suicide Squad. The roll call teaser revealed at DC FanDome refers to her as “Ratcatcher 2” which could imply that she was trained by the original Ratcatcher as his protégé. The idea of Ratcatcher having a legacy just like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman fills me with a genuine delight.

King Shark

King Shark in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Voiced by: Steve Agee

King Shark is a shark.

He’s had real renaissance lately, with appearances on the WB’s Flash and a supporting role in the animated Harley Quinn series.

He’s just a shark man. He likes to eat people. Sometimes it’s not that complicated.


John Cena as Peacemaker

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: John Cena

While he’s nominally a good guy, in the first behind the scenes footage from The Suicide Squad, John Cena described the Peacemaker as “a douchey Captain America.” He’s not wrong. The character’s unforgettable tagline is “A man who loves peace so much that he is willing to fight for it!”

The Peacemaker’s biggest claim to fame these days is that he was partial inspiration for the Comedian in Watchmen.


Peter Capaldi as Thinker in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Peter Capaldi

The modern version of Thinker is so intelligent that his ability to consider all variables and motivations nearly amounts to clairvoyance. The downside is that his brain needs so much energy that it’s prematurely aged him, so for all we know Peter Capaldi could be playing a 22-year-old here.


Pete Davidson as Blackguard in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Pete Davidson

Blackguard does not have an extensive history in DC Comics. He fought Booster Gold and lost, and then got kicked out of his criminal syndicate because he, you know, fought Booster Gold and lost.

Pete Davidson’s version of the character appears to be making some changes to the core concept. Blackguard can create energy constructs, but mostly used them to make a mace and shield. This guy seems to have guns.


Nathan Fillion as T.D.K. in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Nathan Fillion

I can’t find any evidence that T.D.K. is an existing DC Comics character. This could mean that he’s an original creation! It could also just mean that he’s even more obscure than usual.


Weasel in The Suicide Squad licking a door

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Sean Gunn

In his first incarnation, Weasel was a man who couldn’t hack it in academia so he dressed up as a weasel and started murdering his competition for tenure. In his modern incarnation, he’s a bloodthirsty anthropomorphic weasel.

It be like that sometimes.


Mayling Ng as Mongal in The Suicide Squad

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Played by: Mayling Ng

Mongal is the daughter of space conqueror Mongul, ruler of Warworld, a planet designed only for gladiator battles. And she’s a big get for the Suicide Squad because her dear old yellow dad regularly goes toe to toe with Superman and she’s got basically all his powers.

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