Although James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (simultaneously a sequel and a soft reboot of the 2016 movie) isn’t set to be released until next year, DC have recently released lots of information about the upcoming feature. Namely, the huge cast of actors have finally had their characters revealed and this short fact file series is dedicated to letting you know who is who in this wacky, wonderful-looking film.
This article will be focusing on the character Javelin. Javelin is to be played by actor Flula Borg and will be the feature film debut of the character. A version of Javelin previously appeared in an episode of the televison series Arrow, and was played by Yanik Ethier.
In the Comics
Javelin originally made his debut in the DC Comics universe as an enemy of the Green Lantern. As well as this, Javelin has notoriously and frequently been a member of the Suicide Squad, which makes his appearance in Gunn’s film a logical decision.
Who is Javelin?
Before turning to a life of crime, the Javelin was a former German Olympic athlete who, you guessed it, specialised with the javelin. Using his skills with the spear-shaped weapon, Javelin employed those talents to aid him in his criminal activities.
Javelin actually managed to defeat the Green Lantern during the first encounter, despite having no superhuman powers. He achieved this by hijacking a jet-powered solar aircraft which had an arsenal of weapons and missiles that were powerful enough to take down the Green Lantern.
However, it was short lived and he was subsequently captured.
The Suicide Squad
After his defeat, Javelin agreed to join the Suicide Squad in order to wipe his criminal record clean. He went on multiple missions with the Squad and has seemingly managed to escape death a fair number of times.
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In a fight against Circe, Circe impaled and killed Javelin with his own weapon. He was also killed again in an explosion triggered by Deadshot, after the Squad were hired to take him down. A runaway Jeep run him over, supposedly killing him once more, after an encounter with the Tattooed Man.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Gunn picks up on Javelin’s abilitiy to come back from the dead multiple times. It seems a nod or two to his invulnerabilty could create a few laughs in the film, but either way, Javelin is sure to add comedy to what already seems to be a hilarious movie.