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Although Suicide Squad 2, alternatively known as The Suicide Squad, will see a few familiar faces returning from 2016’s Suicide Squad, most of the cast will be filled with brand-new characters. The latest of this new bunch has been announced, as Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian has boarded the cast of the James Gunn-written and directed DC Extended Universe movie.
So who will David Dastmalchian be playing in Suicide Squad 2? He’ll be bringing to life the minor Batman villain known as Polka-Dot Man, who debuted in 1962’s Detective Comics #300 and was originally known as Mister Polka-Dot. Like many of the criminals in Gotham City, he adopted a gimmick for committing crimes, with the spots on his costume capable of turning into strange weapons and vehicles.
Outside of the comics, Polka-Dot Man appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and The Lego Batman Movie, and he’s also a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Lego DC Super-Villains. Needless to say that Suicide Squad 2 will mark his biggest media appearance yet, and THR’s report says that David Dastmalchian’s version of the character will apparently “lean into his embarrassment of his ‘lame’ abilities.”
This marks just the latest comic book project that David Dastmalchian is adding to his resume. Along with portraying Kurt in both Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, he also kicked off his film career playing Thomas Schiff in The Dark Knight. On TV, he played Dwight Pollard in two episodes of Gotham and Abra Kadabra in an episode of The Flash.
Outside the comic book realm, David Dastmalchian’s notable credits include The Belko Experiment, Bird Box, MacGyver and Twin Peaks. He’s also become a recurring collaborator with Denis Villeneuve, having worked with the director on Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049. They are reuniting for the upcoming Dune reboot, where Dastmalchian will play Piter De Vries.
David Dastmalchian is the second new actor to be joining Suicide Squad 2, following behind Idris Elba, who was originally lined up to take over Deadshot duties from Will Smith, but will now instead play a new character. John Cena is also reportedly being eyed to play Peacemaker, but there’s been no word yet on if he’s actually finalized a deal.
While Suicide Squad 2 won’t be a total reboot of the property, it has been repeatedly said that it will serve as more of a relaunch than a direct sequel to the previous Suicide Squad movie, Beyond that, no plot details have been revealed yet, but in addition to the previously mentioned people, Suicide Squad 2 is also bringing back Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
Suicide Squad 2 is set to begin filming this September and will charge into theaters on August 5, 2021, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates. In the meantime, you can find out what other DC movies are in the works with our handy guide.