The Suicide Squad 2 cast is really coming together. Reports on the latest addition to the team have emerged, and it’s someone that was a core component of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Michael Rooker is in talks to sign on as the Suicide Squad 2 King Shark.
The Wrap dropped the news earlier on Rooker’s potential involvement. The actor portrayed Yondu in both of the Guardians movies. Beginning the series as a villain before emerging as a fan favorite hero, Rooker showed he can easily make a bad guy sympathetic over time.
King Shark has long had history as a member of the Suicide Squad in numerous DC Comics runs. The character has all the physical characteristics of a shark, yet with a humanoid posture. He can breath and swim at great speeds in water and is resistant to cold. King Shark has superhuman strength and endurance, and utilizes his razor sharp teeth and claws as weapons.
There was actually concept art of the character that came to light back in late 2018. Designed by artist Peter Mitchell Rubin, the villain takes on the recent visage of a hammerhead shark, as he has done so lately in DC’s New 52 era. You can find images of the character’s potential look on Rubin’s webpage.
The Suicide Squad cast looks to be nearing completion with all the names currently attached. John Cena was recently added in an unnamed role. Idris Elba joined the team too. He was first thought to be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, but will instead be portraying someone new entirely. Margot Robbie is back as Harley Quinn. As is Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis as Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller.
It was also reported that The Suicide Squad 2 team will bring on David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior as Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher. Peacemaker is said to be a part of the project too, yet we don’t know who will earn the nod for that role.
It’ll be curious to see whether Gunn utilizes any of Rubin’s prior efforts to bring the Suicide Squad 2 King Shark to life. We likely won’t have answers for quite a while though. Gunn’s sequel isn’t slated to premiere until August 6, 2021.