Following the news that Deadshot will be played by Idris Elba after Will Smith dropped out of Suicide Squad 2, more intriguing details about the follow-up have come to light.
According to Collider, the sequel may introduce a number of characters from the DC Comics world, including Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Peacemaker.
Ratcatcher, who is one of Batman’s enemies, is a man in the comics but will be a woman in the Suicide Squad sequel, according to Collider. King Shark is just that–a hulking humanoid shark. Polka-Dot Man is another villain whose body can produce polka dots that become weapons. Peacemaker, meanwhile, is an “agent of peace.”
Sources told Collider that Suicide Squad 2 writer-director James Gunn, the Guardians of the Galaxy director who has yet to be officially announced for the project, is looking at Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista for the part of Peacemaker.
The Suicide Squad sequel, which is apparently called The Suicide Squad, comes to theatres on August 6, 2021. There is no word yet as to whether or not Margot Robbie will come back to play Harley Quinn or if Jared Leto will return to portray The Joker again. Also unknown is if Joel Kinnaman will be back as Rick Flagg or if Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller.
It’s worth mentioning that the sequel’s script remains subject to change and none of the new details that emerged today have been confirmed by Warner Bros.
The 2016 Suicide Squad received mixed reviews, but it was a massive commercial success. It made more than $746 million worldwide, and it won an Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling.
Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, was fired by Disney in 2018 over distasteful comments he made earlier in his career. Bautista was one of Gunn’s most outspoken defenders.