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The Suicide Squad: ‘The Roll Call’ Reveals All New Characters!

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016) was quite a forgettable affair despite having a massive ensemble of talented actors and a massive budget. The scattered plotline, horrible CGI, and a fairly one-dimensional supervillain made the movie quite a disaster, setting back any hopes of a sequel to the lethal group of supervillains.

But with James Gunn at the helm, fans of Task Force X will finally be able to see the upcoming The Suicide Squad (2021) on the silver screen once again. Marvel Studio’s sudden decision to remove James Gunn for his controversial past tweets was capitalized by Warner Bros. within days. Gunn’s universally acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 Vol. 2 made him one of the most sought after directors in the industry.

Slated to be released on 6th August 2021, James Gunn has been quite secretive about The Suicide Squad till now. Apart from releasing the official poster, no information has been released by Warner Bros. which has been driving the fans to their edge. Having an already massive cast from Ayer’s Suicide Squad, James Gunn has also added Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi (what?), Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Joaquin Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, and John Cena in undisclosed roles.

The latest teaser trailer of The Suicide Squad at the DC FanDome event has revealed the undisclosed roles of Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, and the main antagonist of the movie. Tighten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen!

When James Gunn was chosen to direct The Suicide Squad, Idris Elba’s casting was widely thought to be a replacement for Will Smith’s Deadshot. Soon afterward, Gunn cleared the air by confirming that Elba won’t be playing the role of Deadshot in the movie. Instead, Idris Elba is set to play the role of Bloodsport.

The alias Bloodsport has been used by three different characters in DC Comics. In The Suicide Squad, Idris Elba will most probably portray the role of Robert DuBois, an African-American man who is obsessed with the Vietnam War and suffers from a mental breakdown.

Exploiting his breakdown, an agent of Lex Luthor persuades him that Superman is the real enemy. After equipping himself with a teleporter, an arsenal of arms and ammunitions, and Kryptonite bullets, Robert DuBois goes on a rampage in Metropolis to attract the Man of Steel’s attention. As Superman comes in to fight him, DuBois severely injures him by firing Kryptonite bullets. Bloodsport made his appearance in Justice League vs The Fatal Five.

Peter Capaldi, who was a surprise addition to the cast will be portraying the supervillain The Thinker alias has also been shared by three different characters, out of which, Clifford DeVoe was chosen to be the main antagonist in CW’s The Flash‘s fourth season.

Though it’s not yet clear which version of the Thinker Peter Capaldi might play, it appears that Capaldi might also play the role of Clifford DeVoe in The Suicide Squad. A disgruntled lawyer in the year 1933, DeVoe enters the criminal society to becomes the brains behind small criminals. As a result, he often had to face Jay Garrick, the Flash of the Justice Society of America. The Thinker’s powers are derived from a Thinking Cap which enables him to project mental force to use telekinesis and mind control.

Michael Rooker, who is a long time friend of James Gunn and played Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy is in The Suicide Squad. In the movie, he plays the role of Savant, a ruthless ex-vigilante who joined Task Force X after discouraged by Batman to pursue crimefighting.

The comedian turned actor Pete Davidson is also a part of The Suicide Squad. Riding high on the success of The King of Staten Island, Davidson is set to play the role of Blackguard. A dimwitted supervillain, Blackguard possesses superstrength and uses energy-based attacks.

Alice Braga is playing the role of Sul Soria, a seemingly new character who is possibly connected to Juan Soria, a disgruntled superhuman who was denied membership in the Justice League.

Nathan Fillion is revealed to be playing the role of T.D.K. who can split his own limbs to use as weapons. In the comics, he is a supervillain from the 30th century who was denied by the Legionnaires to be a member.

David Dastmalchian is going to play the role of Polka-Dot Man. Primarily a Batman villain, Polka-Dot Man uses a variety of dots as projectiles, gliders, and teleportation devices.

Daniela Melchior is set to play the role of Ratcatcher 2. As the name suggests, Ratcatcher can communicate with rats and unleash an army of rats to wreak havoc.

Sean Gunn, the brother of director James Gunn is also set to appear as Weasel. As a man-sized weasel, Weasel possesses expert hand-to-hand combat abilities and enhanced reflexes.

Flula Borg will be appearing as the Javelin. A former German Olympian athlete, Javelin was a minor villain of Green Lantern before getting recruited by the Suicide Squad.

Mayling Ng is set to play the role of Mongal. Daughter of the supervillain Mongul, Mongal also possesses superhuman strength and durability.

The WWE superstar turned actor John Cena is also playing a major role in The Suicide Squad. Portraying the character of Peacemaker, Cena might have his big break in this movie. A mixture of the Punisher and Captain America, Peacemaker wishes to establish peace in his own twisted violent ways. According to John Cena, his Peacemaker is a “douchy Captain America” in the movie.

Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis will be reprising their original roles from Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Moreover, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be donning a new all-red costume in the movie.

The main antagonist of The Suicide Squad has also been leaked before the big reveal at DC FanDome. This time, the Task Force X will have to fight off a parasitic alien named Starro. An intelligent alien lifeform who resembles a giant starfish, Starro possesses a central eye and prehensile extremities.

Upon its arrival on Earth, Starro wreaked havoc by releasing thousands of spores to telepathically control humans, including the Flash. Belonging to a race of parasites, Starro conquers planets to dominate the entire population. Interestingly, Starro has also been a member of the Sinestro Corps, which might pave the road for a Green Lantern movie in the future.

Stay tuned for more details!

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is an India-based writer who has previously worked with Quirkybyte and Xtrascoop. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favourite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.

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