It looks like Killer Croc originally had some steep competition to be on the Suicide Squad. If things had been different, we would’ve gotten an entirely different monster on the team.
The Suicide Squad cast, along with director David Ayer, took to Twitter Friday for #askthesquad. We learned a couple of interesting tidbits for the upcoming film, like whether there’s a post-credits scene (not confirmed, but Ayers said walk “very slowly” out of the theater) and why star Will Smith doesn’t have a Wild Wild West-style song for the end credits. Smith implied that he did, saying he “recorded it at the thing” but then someone didn’t let him release it. Call me a skeptic, but I have my doubts.
However, the most interesting fact was the character who was originally supposed to be in Killer Croc’s place. According to Ayer, the monstrous anti-hero fighting alongside Harley Quinn and Deadshot was going to be King Shark. At least, that’s something Ayer wanted. Unfortunately, Ayer said he would’ve had to have been entirely CG in order to be convincing, and they didn’t want an all-digital character in the film.
“One of the characters I was thinking about for the Squad lineup was actually King Shark, but we realized it would take a lot of CG work. I wasn’t quite comfortable having a full CG character. We actually ended up going with Killer Croc, who turned out to be the right guy for the job,” Ayer said.
No huge loss, since actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje looks amazing in that Killer Croc makeup. And our royal highness the Shark appears to be doing just fine. He chewed his way into our hearts earlier this year in one of The Flash’s most-hyped appearances from the second season.