Ahead of Suicide Squad’s upcoming release, director David Ayer has revealed there’s one character who didn’t quite make the squad's cut. Taking to Twitter for a video Q&A, Ayer told fans that one of the character he originally wanted in the squad was the one and only King Shark.
For those unfamiliar with the DC super-villain, King Shark debuted in Superboy back in the 1990s as a humanoid shark. At first, the character was said to have acquired his appearance from his father, ‘The King of All Sharks.' Named Nanaue, the baddie’s mutation gave him very fluid superpowers which let him join the Secret Society of Super Villains. And, as you might expect, he really enjoys the 'savage animal' side of himself.
Speaking about the character, Ayer said, “So, one of the characters I was thinking about for the squad line-up was King Shark, but we realized it would take a lot of work - a lot of CG work.” Ayer went on to explain that he wasn’t totally comfortable having a completely CGI character. As such, the director revealed Killer Croc was chosen to replace King Shark, saying, “We actually ended up going with Killer Croc who turned out to be the right guy for the job.”
Of course, some fans may be surprised by Ayer’s first choice. However, when considering the practicality of adding King Shark to Suicide Squad’s renegade line-up, Killer Croc does seem like the better choice. That’s not even to mention King Shark had a recent appearance in CW’s The Flash. The villain appears throughout Season 2, and his story is altered greatly from the comics. Originally a marine biologist named Shay Lamden, King Shark is transformed into a hybrid after the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator accident and then put under Zoom’s control. It was eventually revealed the character had been captured by ARGUS following his transformation and experimented-slash-tortured by Amanda Waller in order to exploit his mutated metahuman genes.
So, how do you guys feel about this newest reveal? Do you think King Shark might’ve done swimmingly with the Suicide Squad? Or was Ayer on-point when he decided to replace the aquatic character with Killer Croc?