Bautista, Gunn reuniting for The Suicide Squad!?

James Gunn and Dave Bautista

Hot on the heels of news that Idris Elba will replace Will Smith on the credit block as Deadshot, Collider have further info on the other characters we can expect to see in James Gunn’s “Suicide Squad” reboot.

According to the site, the only other element of the original gang to return from the original line-up is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The new additions to the squad consist of Ratcatcher, King Shark, Mister Polka Dot and Peacemaker. Dave Baustista, one of the biggest supporters of Gunn following the “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker’s axing from the upcoming second sequel, could nab the role of Peacemaker.

Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is a man in the DC comics, though Collider has learned that the character will be gender-swapped and played by a woman in The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher is is a super-criminal and one of Batman’s many enemies. She started out as an exterminator in Gotham City before turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.

Nanaue, aka King Shark, is a super-villain and humanoid shark whose father is believed to be the so-called Shark God, though others dismiss him as merely a savage mutation.

Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot, is a Gotham City super-villain and like Ratcatcher, a sworn enemy of Batman. He grows multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons, even though, for the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.

Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, is an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him love peace so much he would kill for it.

Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg is not expected to appear.

“The Suicide Squad”, which Gunn is writing and directing for an August 6 2021 release, has been structured as somewhat of a soft reboot of the film franchise.

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