With James Gunn set to write (and we guess?) direct the sequel to the Academy Award-winning Suicide Squad movie, the property seems headed to a relaunch of sorts. The character of Deadshot will be returning, but Will Smith will not, as being a blue genie is currently taking up his time. Instead, Idris Alba (must.not.comment.on.choice) will be playing the masked assassin. Margot Robie is also expected to take some time off from playing Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) to reprise her role in the sequel, as is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
The fate rest of the squad is unknown though. Since this is a relaunch/reboot though it is expected to be a mostly-new squad, and website Collider has “sources” though, and those sources have a rundown on the new characters currently signing up for the team:
Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is a man in the DC comics, though Collider has learned that the character will be gender-swapped and played by a woman in The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher is is a super-criminal and one of Batman’s many enemies. She started out as an exterminator in Gotham City before turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.
Nanaue, aka King Shark, is a super-villain and humanoid shark whose father is believed to be the so-called Shark God, though others dismiss him as merely a savage mutation.
Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot, is a Gotham City super-villain and like Ratcatcher, a sworn enemy of Batman. He grows multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons, even though, for the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.
Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, is an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him love peace so much he would kill for it.
Collider also says that Deadshot will play a sort of “surrogate father” to the Ratcatcher character, and Gunn is aiming for Dave Bautista (who wants to work with Gunn on the movie) to play Peacemaker.
Will things change before the August 6, 2021 debut of the movie? We’ll see…