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Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

James Gunn eyes Idris Elba for ‘The Suicide Squad’ adding Ratcatcher, King Shark and Polka Dot Man

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn may be changing from Marvel to DC and THR reports that Thor star Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad sequel on the heels of the news that Smith would not return as Deadshot in the follow-up to David Ayer‘s 2016 film.

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According to the report, Elba is “the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio,” and met with the filmmaker on Friday. That meeting went well and the actor is now in talks with the studio.

Gunn’s other planned changes:

Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is male in the DC comics, but Collider reports 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, working as an exterminator in Gotham City before turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents (which she can communicate with and control), also wielding poisonous gas.

King Shark, Nanaue, is a super-villain and humanoid shark whose father is believed to be the “Shark God,” but is often dismissed 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. This is the role Gunn is rumored to be seeking GOTG star Dave Bautista for, so stay tuned on that news.

The rumors don’t matter at this point, but it’s noteworthy that new Squad script positions Deadshot as a surrogate father of sorts to Ratcatcher, though the role remains open to actresses of all nationalities and ethnicities.

The Hollywood Reporter says its sources are conflicted about whether Joel Kinnaman‘s squad leader Rick Flagg will return for the sequel. Fans can expect news soon from Gunn and DC Films chief Walter Hamada, as Warner Bros. is slated to release The Suicide Squad on Aug. 6, 2021.

The first film, Suicide Squad without the “The,” directed by Ayer, grossed $746 million worldwide, despite harsh attacks from critics to the tune of a 27% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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