Michael Rooker May be in James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ as King Shark

This is one of those times when a rumor has just enough truth behind it that we could totally see it happening. According to a report from The Wrap, filmmaker James Gunn really wants his pal Michael Rooker to join his upcoming film for Warner Bros. Pictures, The Suicide Squad.

Michael Rooker May be in James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' as King Shark
James Gunn and Michael Rooker
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The Wrap says Rooker is apparently “in talks” to star as DC Comics character King Shark, yet another example of the WB-owned DC properties recasting a role for the films. The character appears in The CW’s Arrowverse series The Flash, and is played by Dan Payne and voiced by David Hayter.

The Flash — “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd” — Image Number: FLA515c_0001b.jpg — Pictured: King Shark — Photo: The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

King Shark is a character we were expecting to see in Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad, considering we’ll also be getting David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man.

This isn’t the first time Gunn and Rooker have worked together- Super in 2010Slither in 2006, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Vol 2.

We’re still waiting on some casting confirmations, but The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6th, 2021.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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