Michael Rooker In Talks To Play King Shark For James Gunn’s Suicide Squad

Five years after the mess that was Warner Bros. first attempt to bring the Suicide Squad to life, directed by David Ayer starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and others, we will be getting a kind of “do-over” thanks to James Gunn who wrote the script and is directing the project. Although he is bringing back some of the characters that worked on the first go around, he had chosen a lot of others that are not very well known.

One exception that could be considered is King Shark, who we have actually seen here and there not only in comic books but in DC animated films like Batman: Assault on Arkham and several appearances in The CW series The Flash. It had already been said that King Shark was on the list of characters to appear in Gunn’s film, but today via The Wrap we have learned that not only that this could be true but that Michael Rooker is in talks to play King Shark.

Rooker and Gunn are definitely familiar with one another as Rooker played Yondu Udonta in the Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy films over at Marvel Studios. They previously had tried to also get Dave Bautista to join The Suicide Squad but there was scheduling conflicts that prevented that from happening. It will be interesting to see going forward if Warner Bros. has talks with any other previous actors or actresses that Gunn worked with over at Marvel Studios to join Gunn’s film.


In case you don’t know too much about King Shark, he is a DC villain that is a humanoid shark. He first appeared in DC Comics in 1994’s Superboy #0 and was created by Karl Kesel. He is the son of Chondrakha the God of all Sharks. He was a serial killer living in Hawaii before being discovered by Superboy. Being a shark is able to breath and see underwater, has superhuman strength and very powerful teeth that could cut through concrete and steel. He has been part of many groups including the Secret Six, the Secret Society and most recently The Suicide Squad.

I am very interested in seeing what Gunn’s vision is for King Shark. Is he planning on making him look like The Flash version of the character that would all be CGI or would be something with more human characteristics like Killer Croc was in Suicide Squad. Rooker just finished working on Sony’s Fantasy Island and was recently in HBO’s True Detective. Next up, Rooker will be working with Dyaln O’Brien in Monster Problems for Paramount Players. He is repped by Gersh and Link Entertainment.

Do you think Rooker would make a good King Shark? What do you think he should look like in the film? Let us know in the comment section below!

Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters August 6th, 2021.

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Source: The Wrap

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