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Caption: (L-r) KING SHARK, DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2, JOEL KINNAMAN as Colonel Rich Flag, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, PETER CAPALDI as Thinker, DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka-Dot Man and JULIO CESAR RUIZ as Milton in Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics

New “The Suicide Squad” TV Spots Reveal Thinker & Ratcatcher 2

We know that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad boasts a lot of oddball characters, including a humanoid shark, so even a little bit of new information or footage is welcome. To that end, Gunn shared two new TV spots that introduce Peter Capaldi’s Thinker and reference Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher II. Unlike Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn or Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller, Thinker and Ratcatcher II are newcomers, and for non-comics readers, you probably have never heard of them before.

The first TV spot features Harley Quinn and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) laying down the law (so to speak) for the newest member of the Squad, Thinker. He doesn’t seem especially thrilled with the mission. The Thinker is a superintelligent metahuman with telepathic abilities. Oh, he was also a supervillain, but on the Squad, he’ll be a force for good. We think:

The second spot doesn’t offer much new footage, but, Gunn is drawing our attention to what’s behind Melchior’s Ratcatcher II, namely, the film’s villain. That would be the kaiju Starro the Conquerer, a colossal alien starfish (yup) that was the first main antagonist of the original Justice League of America when they made their first appearance in the comics in 1960. But who is Ratcatcher II? She was the protégé of Otis Flannegan, the original Ratcatcher, and is a former exterminator turned criminal who controls an army of rodents. So, yeah, better to have her own your side than not.

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We’ll likely be getting more specific character introductions as we get closer to the release date. The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6.

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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) KING SHARK, DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2, JOEL KINNAMAN as Colonel Rich Flag, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, PETER CAPALDI as Thinker, DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka-Dot Man and JULIO CESAR RUIZ as Milton in Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics

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