Suicide Squad marks the cinematic debut of numerous Batman villains, most notably Killer Croc. While the film has received a tad bit of backlash when it comes to the size of the character, it appears as if David Ayer has decided to go back to the more traditional look of the reptilian hybrid, as opposed to his much larger size seen in the newer comics and the Batman Arkham franchise. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, The Mummy Returns) has been gifted the honor of bringing this popular Batman foe to life, and with playing a character that’s existed since 1983, comes tons of research. When asked how much of the character he’s looked into before heading to set, here’s what he had to say:
“I looked at all of it. I went back to the young Waylon Jones, the animated series, I had my own take too. I researched cannibalism. I actually went out and watched real crocodiles, too. We incorporated some of the real life fight techniques that crocodiles do when they kill their prey. The death roll.”
We saw briefly in the latest Suicide Squad trailer that Killer Croc has a specially made cell that holds a body of water. We also get to see Croc pull an unlucky victim into the water, and Adewale assures us that this won’t be the last time we’ll see Croc in his natural habitat.
“Oh, you’re going to get more than one water scene! I’m a croc after all, man, that’s my territory!”
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we were introduced to a fully realized Batman, who’s been serving as Gotham City’s caped protector for 20 years. It’s been confirmed that the Dark Knight has history with every member of the Squad, and is responsible for throwing them all in Arkham or Belle Reve Prison – where we find the team in the film. Adewale gave us a little bit of information as to where we find Croc in the movie.
“At the time you meet him in this film, he’s a fully-fledged criminal. He’s really one of the baddest criminals know to be roaming in Gotham, hence his lockup in Arkham. He’s tangled with the Batman and he he is amongst these other foes. He’s very much a formidable force at the time that you meet him.”
Like I mentioned earlier, some fans weren’t too happy with the size of Killer Croc when the first image with him alongside the team was released last year. Still, the makeup team for the film has done an amazing job capturing the look of a man who’s been infected by a vicious strain of Atavism which gave him his scaly reptilian look. The actor briefly walked us through the nearly 5 hour long process it took to turn him into the deadly Killer Croc, and how director David Ayer refused to bring the character to life using CGI.
“The head and shoulders are prosthetic that were glued onto my face and then the body down was painted. It took about five hours to do but it was something that was a challenge that I was up for because I wanted to set a new standard for what can be done with prosthetics. We could have easily CGI’d this, but David [Ayer] was insistent on there being an actor to being out the soul of the character. It gave me an opportunity to show what I could do with prosthetics.”
With so many villains popping up in the film, and the most recent rumor of there being multiple villain appearances in the upcoming Batman film, one can only hope that the cannibalistic Killer Croc survives the events of Suicide Squad.
See Task Force X assemble when Suicide Squad arrives in theaters August 5th, 2016.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?