The Suicide Squad Wants to Add Depth to DC’s Dumbest Character

The Suicide Squad has one of the wildest comic book rosters ever assembled ranging from fan-favorite characters to the obscure and maligned. This is by design of course, and director James Gunn specifically wanted to bring in the dumbest DC character of all time, which wound up being Polka-Dot Man (played by David Dastmalchian in the film).

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“Polka-Dot Man is great, but I did think I needed a character who’s thought of as one of the dumbest ever,” Gunn told GamesRadar. “So I went and looked online, ‘Who’s the dumbest DC character of all time?’ and it was Polka-Dot Man. We’ve turned that character who’s a sad, pathetic character into a character who’s depressed because people think he’s stupid. He has a very tragic story that you learn about throughout the film – to be able to add depth to characters who are thought of as the silliest is a fun thing for me to do.”

While new additions like Polka-Dot Man are a large part of The Suicide Squad‘s cast, there are also plenty of returning stars. These include Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey), Jai Courtney (Honest Thief), Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), and Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Amanda Waller, respectively,

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New actors include Idris Elba (Avengers: Infinity War), John Cena (Peacemaker),  Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Dastmalchian (Dune), Daniela Melchior (Parque Mayer), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Alice Braga (Elysium), Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island), Joaquín Cosio (Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse), Juan Diego Botto (The Europeans), Storm Reid (Euphoria), Nathan Fillion (The Rookie), Steve Agee (Brightburn), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman), Flula Borg (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Jennifer Holland (Peacemaker), Tinashe Kajese (Valor) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo).

The film is set to release on August 6, 2021.