Looks like James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad may have found its King Shark. As the “soft reboot” nears production, there are rumors that Michael Rooker is in talks to play the deep sea felon who joins the titular villain team on a dangerous mission. More on the report below.
Sources tell The Wrap that Rooker is in talks to play King Shark. Should he sign on, it wouldn’t be the first time that the actor has collaborated with Gunn. He played Yondu, the blue-skinned Ravenger, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
King Shark is a humanoid shark and the son of the Shark God or “The King Of All Sharks.” King Shark’s physiology includes razor-sharp teeth and claws, which are used as weapons. He also has gills that allow him to breathe underwater, and his augmented flesh provides protection against the pressures of the deep and physical attacks. In addition to his enhanced strength and endurance, and ability to swim at great speeds, he is also resistant to cold and can regenerate lost limbs.
The Suicide Squad will serve as a sort of soft reboot to Suicide Squad, the 2016 David Ayer film in which a ragtag group of criminals is given a chance to shorten their prison sentence as long as they participate in dangerous covert black-ops missions. Though the original film wasn’t a critical darling, it was a box office hit, grossing $746 million.
It should be fun to see what Gunn, who is writing and directing, will be doing with this new team. He’s definitely familiar with how to work with a team of misfits, having helmed two Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel Studios before he was fired then rehired by Disney to direct Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3. And he is bringing in his flair for using strange and bizarre characters for this soft reboot.
WB has scheduled The Suicide Squad for an August 6, 2021 release.