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 Mongal. Mongal is to be played by actress Mayling Ng and will be the live action debut of the character.
In the Comics
Mongal has had a fairly short-lived arc in the printed universe and first appeared, unnamed, in the DC Comics world back in 1995, with Showcase ’95 #8. Her proper debut was in Superman (vol 2) #170, six years later, in 2001. Surprisingly, Mongal was considered a supervillain of Superman’s and has currently had no association with the Suicide Squad.
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Who is Mongal?
Originally born on the planet Debstam IV, Mongal was the daughter of the tyrant, Mongul the Elder. He also had a son, Mongal’s twin brother, who was named Mongul the Younger (or Mongul II). Mongul the Elder ruled Debstam IV, until a flu he had caught accidentally wiped out the entire population (Coronavirus, this was not).
Mongal’s powers and abilities include superhuman strength, agility and speed. As well as this, she has the ability to project energy.
Mongal’s introduction to Superman came through an encounter with her brother. After a battle with the Man of Steel, Mongul the Younger nearly had his throat slit by Krypto the Superdog.
At some point after, Mongal became the ruler and Queen of Almerac. The planet Almerac is one full of technologically advanced warriors. Mongal joined the Alien Alliance – a group of survivors whose planets had been dominated by Imperiex.
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The End of Mongal
Mongal met a grisly end all thanks to her family. After an argument with her brother, Mongul the Younger, he decapitated her with a superhuman punch to the face.
He later used her corpse in one of his ramblings, mocking Mongal and explaining he would be the one who would continue their family’s legacy.
As Mongal appears to be a minor character in The Suicide Squad, it is likely most of her galactic backstory will be scrapped. It will be interesting to see in what capacity she has joined the Squad and how her abilties will aid the team.