James Gunn took to his Instagram to share a picture of a gift from his agent to commemorate the beginning of production on The Suicide Squad. While chatting with fans, he shed some light on where he drew inspiration from for his upcoming film.

User r_booooi17 asked Gunn, “I’m guessing it wasn’t the Squad like we know them today?” Gunn replied, “No not at all.” This was followed up by a question from zarbixii asking, “Did it even have King Shark in it?” and this is when Gunn went in to some depth.

King Shark is a relatively recent member of the team. The original Squad was a group of adventurers, soldiers and scientists, who explored and battled anomalous events. Ostrander in the 80’s introduced the idea of the Dirty Dozen with disposable, second rate supervillains. King Shark didn’t enter the team till the 2000’s. Our movie takes elements from all those timelines but is especially indebted to Ostrander (and Kim Yale).

This lines up with what we’ve been hearing for some time on the Ostrander/Yale front – and yet more talk of King Shark – but the first we’ve heard of him pulling elements from the original version.

This movie gets more intriguing all the time.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.


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