Creating King Shark for The Suicide Squad

In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, director James Gunn made us fall in love with a big talking tree with limited vocabulary and a bitter anthropomorphic raccoon with a penchant for bursts of rage and stealing people’s prosthetic body parts. That’s no easy feat, but it turns out the most difficult walking-talking animal character the filmmaker had to deal with came from the upcoming DC Comics movie The Suicide Squad.

Sylvester Stallone is lending his voice to a big, dumb, flesh-hungry, bipedal shark appropriately named King Shark. It turns out trying to bring the new member of Task Force X to life for the big screen proved to be much more challenging to develop than both Groot and Rocket Raccoon for Marvel Studios. Read More »

The Suicide Squad Post-Credit Scene

The most important question anyone can ask about a film right now is, “Does it have a post-credits scene?” Who cares about themes, or story, or cinematography? We only want to know if there will be a post-credits scene to set up the next movie, damn it! And then we want to know if that next movie will have a post-credits scene, too! “Engage with art”? No thanks! Give us post-credits scene info. For instance: The Suicide Squad is opening this summer, and the number one question on everyone’s mind is, “Will The Suicide Squad have a post-credit scene?”

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Polka-Dot Cat and David Dastmalchian

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition, of Superhero Bits:

  • Check out the promos for the next episodes of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman
  • Get a first look at Black Panther‘s arrival in Marvel’s Avengers video game
  • Find out why Djimon Hounsou didn’t get the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dove Cameron explains why The Powerpuff Girls pilot is being reshot
  • See which iconic comic book characters are coming to the video game Brawlhalla
  • All that and more!

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The Suicide Squad Action Figures

The Suicide Squad is coming to theaters and HBO Max at the end of the summer, and fans are eager to see what Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn does with the gang of villainous DC Comics misfits. Even though many of the characters will probably die, some of them can live forever on your shelf thanks to The Suicide Squad action figures on the way from McFarlane Toys. Easily the most coveted figure will be the beefy King Shark, but there’s bad news for fans who want the finned fiend. Read More »

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Want to turn yourself into MODOK with an Instagram filter? Will you watch DC’s Naomi when it comes to The CW? What comic book shows will be teased in Netflix’s Geeked Week? What unseen ability did Elizabeth Olsen confirm that Scarlet Witch has? Did actress Sasha Calle give us a peak at her surprising hairstyle for her new Supergirl in The Flash movie?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

James Gunn action scene

James Gunn‘s filmmaking career is full of memorable action scenes, whether they’re in movies he wrote or in projects he directed as well. The modified truck escape through a zombie horde in 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, the climactic battle in the skies of Xandar in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the epic alien battle in Guardians Vol. 2 with Baby Groot dancing in the foreground – the list goes on. But it seems like all of those will pale in comparison to a scene we’ll see in The Suicide Squad – and in a new interview, Gunn says the “biggest action scene [he’s] ever done” revolves around Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn.
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king shark in the suicide squad

We’re all in love with The Suicide Squad‘s King Shark, the dad-bod abomination that bites the heads off people and rips men in half. The character is voiced by Sylvester Stallone, and according to Suicide Squad director James Gunn, that was the plan all along. In a recent interview, Gunn revealed that he’s reached a point where he can pretty much get any actor he wants – kind of a #humblebrag there, James – and he wrote King Shark specifically with Stallone in mind.

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dave bautista army of the dead

Dave Bautista was recently faced with an enviable choice: he had to decide to be in one big movie being made by a popular director, or another big movie being made by a popular director. Bautista was offered roles in both James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead, and while the actor has a great working relationship with Gunn, he ultimately decided on Snyder’s zombie movie. Why? Simple: it was the better career move. But that doesn’t mean Bautista didn’t feel a little guilty about turning his friend Gunn down.

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The Suicide Squad Trailer Set Record

In February, the new adaptation of Mortal Kombat became the most viewed red band trailer of all time with 116 million views in a single week. But there’s already a new record holder. James Gunn‘s DC Comics sequel The Suicide Squad is now the most viewed red band trailer, delivering a crushing fatality to Mortal Kombat. Read More »

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guardians of the galaxy 3 production

James Gunn has The Suicide Squad on the way this year, but what the status of his Marvel franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy? According to Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on track to start shooting this year. We’ve more or less knew this was happening – back in December, actor Dave Bautista said he expected filming to commence in 2021. But now we have confirmation from Gunn.

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