– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While each member of the Suicide Squad in the upcoming film of the same name has their own distinguishing quirks, perhaps the standout in the bunch of Killer Croc. Unlike the rest of them, Croc bears a striking resemblance to a man-eating reptile (hence the name). Though while Croc may be the most eye-catching, he definitely isn’t the most recognizable in name, as there has yet to be a mainstream iteration of him.

With SUICIDE SQUAD, we’ll be seeing the very first live-action adaptation of the character, and boy, does it seem chilling. Obviously, the big elephant in the room is his appearance, as the character has a skin condition that makes him look like a reptile, though that’s nothing new or super cool. What is super cool is that this version of Killer Croc is a straight-up cannibal.

In the most recent episode of Screen Rant’s Total Geekall podcast, Screen Rant editor Andrew Dyce discussed how the cannibalistic nature of the baddie was the first question actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had for director David Ayer in regards to the character. The answer was a resounding yes. Over time, the character has, in fact, acquired the taste for human flesh and that a part of the tension is whether or not the character will turn on his fellow Task Force X members and take a bite out of them. 

But don’t think the film will only focus on his monstrous aspects. Like any good movie, they look for ways to humanize the character. Harley Quinn apparently considers Croc to be a big teddy bear, regardless of his cannibalistic nature. But in addition to that, he’s still a person underneath it all. His interaction with the Suicide Squad is unique in that it’s his first interaction with beings whose first instincts are to attack him rather than recoil in fear, which is unreal for a person who’s grown up being ostracized.

“We’re not about just making this beast. We’re making a being,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje told IGN. “He’s somewhat tortured and abused from his childhood. It dictates his reactions, from him wanting to go underground. He’s always been ostracized and ridiculed for how he looks. What he’s done is embrace that. Instead of saying ‘I’m ugly’, he’s says ‘I’m beautiful’. Instead of going underground as if he’s hiding, he says ‘this is my kingdom’. He’s kind of reversed some of his childhood abuse into allowing him to become what he is, which is really the next threat to take over Gotham. That’s really what his ultimate goal is. One of the reasons is probably because obviously power, respect but people liking him. And if you don’t, you’re going to have to if he’s got power. So all of those elements play into it.”

Croc is also quite the creative one, as is evidenced by the cat sculptures and artwork in his cell:

“I think it’s pretty much how he expresses himself. He’s very primal, carnal. He’s a creature. And those felines, those are his brethren. And so, if he’s making sculptures that reflect that, it may be a pet that he may have had when he was a child. Things like that. He’s very creative. Again, another aspect that you’re going to see to him, just when you think you’ve got him pegged, he does something very surprising and makes these beautiful sculpted pieces. It’s a testament to the gentle, creative side of him. David [Ayer, the director] is very much about bringing that out and juxtaposing it with the visceral, viscous, barbaric creature that he has to be when he needs to be.”

Sounds quite compelling to me. What do you think of Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s comments? Let us know your thoughts down below!

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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SOURCE: IGN, Total Geekall

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.