MEET THE TEAM
By Lee Parham
As The Suicide Squad are set to suit up on the big screen once again, familiarize yourself with the latest ensemble of zany DC Comics characters.
DC’s morally ambiguous team of supervillains is back for another life or death mission, headlined by a set of familiar faces, and joined by new blood rounding off the eccentric ensemble.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn makes the transition over to Marvel’s rival studio with the challenge of managing another large group of characters in The Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is once again at the forefront in The Suicide Squad after her leading role in Birds of Prey. She dons a black and red costume similar to her traditional comics appearance.
Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller is pulling the strings behind the scene and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag returns as the team's field leader in a performance Kinnaman described as funnier than the last film.
An additional returning cast member is Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, the Australian dual-boomerang wielding thief who’s hijinks might be considered a liability to the team.
New members of the squad include Bloodsport played by Idris Elba, a sharpshooting mercenary who’s in prison for putting Superman in the ICU by shooting him with a kryptonite bullet.
John Cena makes an appearance as Peacemaker, a killer who’s hellbent on maintaining peace at whatever the cost. Cena is set to reprise his role in the HBO Max spinoff series Peacemaker in 2022.
Fan favorite humanoid fish character King Shark appears voiced by Rocky legend Sylvester Stallone. Gunn made the decision to give King Shark a “dad bod” so he’d appear less humanoid.
After already starring in The Dark Knight, Ant-Man, and CW’s The Flash series, David Dastmalchian’s latest comic book character this time is Polka-Dot Man, who can shoot dots from his body.
Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2, who has the ability to communicate with and train rats. She inherited the mantle of Ratcatcher from her father, played by Taika Waititi in the film.
Michael Rooker, longtime friend and collaborator of Gunn’s, best known for playing Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, appears as Savant, a vigilante computer hacker.
Former Doctor Who frontman Peter Capaldi portrays The Thinker, a highly intelligent supervillain in a new spin on the character that borrows elements from his appearance in DC’s The New 52.
Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Pete Davidson stars as Blackguard, a mercenary who consistently gets caught up in schemes and is easily manipulated.
Nathan Fillion, best known for his roles in Firefly and Castle, makes an appearance as The Detachable Kid (T.D.K. for short) whose arms can detach from his body and be used as weapons.
James Gunn’s real life brother Sean appears as two characters in the film, first doing motion capture for Weasel, an anthropomorphic weasel, and second as Calendar Man, a villain obsessed with dates.
Finishing off the team are Javelin, a former Olympic athlete and expert javelin thrower played by Fluta Borg and Mongal, a homicidal alien played by Mayling Ng.
From humanoid animals to mercenaries and classic characters, the upcoming lineup of The Suicide Squad is loaded with all the insanity one could hope for from a cast of a James Gunn film.