Karen Kukuhara On Playing Katana In ‘Suicide Squad’

In less than four months, fans will be treated to the Soul Taker wielding-bad ass Katana on the big screen in Suicide Squad. The character was featured in season 3 of Arrow last year, but the film version is completely different, and looks to be taking more cues from the comics. Actress Karen Fukuhara who plays Katana, had a chance to talk about her character for the first time to the media at Warner Bros’ presentation at Cinema Con earlier this month. Check out what she had to say:

She’s very loyal to Amanda Waller and Rick Flagg. She works under them and keeps a rowdy bunch in line. She’s a protector and a fierce warrior.”

For those of you who do not know, it is confirmed that Katana will be added to the team as Rick Flagg’s bodyguard in the film thanks to a few snippets of dialogue provided by Empire Magazine.

She’s got my back. I’d advise not getting killed by her – her sword traps the souls of it’s victims.” – Rick Flagg

Speaking of Katana’s sword Soul Taker, it does exactly what it says it does: when she kills you with it, your souls gets sucked into the blade. If you were fast enough to spot it, you can actually catch a glimpse of this happening in a few of the Suicide Squad trailers.


In the comics, the blade actually contains the soul of her dead husband Maseo Yahmashiro, who’s voice can be heard echoing from the blade. Fukuhara confirms that we will see this play out in the film.

“She has her husband’s soul in her sword and I got to talk to Maseo throughout the film and yes, of course that’s in the film, but you’ll have to wait and see how much of that plays into the movie.”

Much like the other actors from the film who’ve spoken to press about their on set experiences, Karen was asked about how it was being on set filming with Jared Leto as the Joker. We’ve heard that he’s sent items like anal beads (yes you read that correctly), dead rats, and other various items to the Squad members, but Karen’s interaction with him might be the most bone chilling yet.

I’ve seen him on set, I’ve met him, I’ve introduced myself, but everything has been like, ‘Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Hi, pretty.’ I’d be like, ‘Hi, I’m Karen,’ and he’d be like, ‘Haaaa.'”


Based on what’s been said of Jared’s Joker so far and from what we’ve seen from the trailers, we’re in for a treat. Katana is a great character in the comics, and it’s awesome to have another bad-ass female in the DC Extended Universe. Here’s hoping that she stays alive long enough for a sequel!

Are you looking forward to seeing Katana on the big screen? What other DCEU movie would want her to pop up in? Let us know!

Twitter: @ComicDrops

Instagram: @DCUNews

Source: ComicBook