King Shark: The Unexpected Star of The Suicide Squad
As we eagerly await the release of James Gunn’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie, one character has captured the attention of fans everywhere: King Shark. Voiced by none other than Sylvester Stallone, this unusual character may not be a household name, but he’s certainly making waves. While casual comic book fans might not be familiar with King Shark, he has been closely associated with the Suicide Squad in recent years, which explains his inclusion in the film. But who is this enigmatic character, and why is he poised to become the breakout star of the movie?
Why James Gunn Chose King Shark for His Suicide Squad
Interestingly, King Shark was initially considered for David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad movie, but Ayer ultimately opted for Killer Croc instead, as he didn’t want to rely on CGI. While Killer Croc’s makeup was impressive, the character didn’t have much to do in the film. However, it seems that James Gunn has big plans for King Shark in his version of the Suicide Squad. Based on the trailers, King Shark could very well steal the show.
King Shark may not be the brightest member of the squad, but he’s certainly the biggest and possibly the baddest. This humanoid shark has a penchant for ripping people apart and eating them, but he also has a surprisingly friendly demeanor. He reads books, gets excited when meeting new people, and even offers a friendly smile. It’s clear that King Shark is a shark at heart, but there’s more to him than meets the eye.
King Shark: The Groot and Rocket Raccoon of the DC Cinematic Universe
Many fans have compared King Shark to Groot and Rocket Raccoon from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s easy to see why. James Gunn has a knack for creating lovable, unexpected mascots, and King Shark seems to fit the bill perfectly. He’s a talking animal, he’s illiterate, and he can switch from adorable and funny to a destructive force in an instant.
It’s likely that James Gunn will turn King Shark into the new mascot for the DCEU, just as he did with Rocket and Groot in the MCU. With a cast of colorful and lesser-known characters, King Shark’s presence in the Suicide Squad is a welcome addition.
The Origins of King Shark
King Shark’s history in DC Comics predates his time with the Suicide Squad. He first appeared in 1994 as a villain for Superboy. Initially, he was portrayed as a shark lurking in the ocean, preying on victims, until Superboy saved a girl from his clutches and discovered his humanoid nature. Special agent Sam Makoa revealed that King Shark, or Nanaue, was the son of an ancient shark deity known as the King of all Sharks.
Over the years, DC has played with King Shark’s origins, sometimes portraying him as a mutant and other times as the son of an ancient deity. He has fought numerous heroes, with Superboy and Aquaman being his primary adversaries. He has even had a few run-ins with Batman, as seen in the 2014 animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham.
Will James Gunn Explore King Shark’s Backstory?
In the trailers for The Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller mentions that King Shark is the son of an ancient shark deity. It remains to be seen how much of his backstory will be explored in the film, but knowing James Gunn, he’ll find a way to make it entertaining. The fact that he’s already managed to make King Shark both adorable and terrifying is a testament to his skill as a filmmaker.
Compared to the version of King Shark seen in the Flash TV series, Gunn’s take on the character is more unique and engaging. The Suicide Squad’s King Shark promises to be a memorable addition to the DCEU, and it’s hard not to think of him as the Groot of this cinematic universe. As we count down the days until the film’s release, one thing is certain: King Shark is set to make a big splash.