SPOILERS are ahead for The Suicide Squad. Tread lightly on this minefield or come back when you have seen it.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is finally out in the world, and audiences are loving it. I don’t know about you, but I did not expect to see an army of rats take down a giant starfish as tears began to roll into my eyeballs over the Ratcatcher flashback, in which Taika Waititi stressed the purpose of rats to his on-screen daughter. Yeah, that happened. Anyway, Daniela Melchior’s Cleo Cazo absolutely grabbed our hearts in the DCEU release, and fans are squeaking it from the rooftops.
Ratcatcher 2 is the secret weapon of The Suicide Squad, and most fans would've never guessed she'd have such a major role in the action flick. The truth is Cleo Cazo is not even in the comics, she is a female interpretation of the Batman villain that first appeared in 1988. Yet DC fans are sharing love letters to the character on Twitter like this:
She may be a heavy sleeper and spends a somewhat unhealthy amount of time with rodents, but the Task Force X member has audiences praising Daniela Melchior’s performance big time. We’d also let a rat or two sit beside us, thanks to the emotional weight she brought to The Suicide Squad:
Following the character’s introduction in the Warner Bros film, the conversation over Ratcatcher 2 became widespread, with there being a clear love and desire for the 24-year-old actress to reprise the role in another DCEU project. Thankfully, she is among the cast members of The Suicide Squad that does make it out alive, despite Starro’s destruction, so it could happen:
As Ratcatcher’s backstory goes, she was raised by the original Ratcatcher (Taika Waititi), a villain who found a way to train and control rats and taught her how to do so. However, tragedy struck when he died of a drug overdose. Cleo continued his legacy by teaching her rat friends to commit crimes but found herself in the custody of Amanda Waller and sent to Belle Reeve:
Ratcatcher 2 was a memorable character for a few reasons. One reason for this is that she is the most good natured character of the bunch and also because she brings out the soft side of Idris Elba’s Bloodsport throughout the film. Oh, and she stops the rest of the Force from killing off King Shark, which would have been a huge shame because he was a huge favorite as well. Daniela Melchior brought her all to the role, and we'd do anything for Sebastian:
Do you hear the people at Warner Bros.? We love Ratcatcher 2, and we’d love to see the character return to the DCEU through another Suicide Squad film or HBO Max series.
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