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While you don’t see Sylvester Stallone’s face anywhere in The Suicide Squad, he played an integral role as the voice of Nanaue, a.k.a. King Shark, one of Task Force X’s main members. At the start of The Suicide Squad, King Shark wasn’t on the best of terms with his fellow operatives, but as filmmaker James Gunn’s latest movie progressed, he made friends with his teammates. Now Stallone is congratulating his own “friends” for the tenth DC Extended Universe flick’s release.
Taking to his Instagram page, Sylvester Stallone congratulated his The Suicide Squad cast and crew by channeling another movie that’s famous for boasting a shark, as you’ll see below:
Welp, now I’m certain I’ll have nightmares of a version of Jaws where it’s King Shark targeting Martin Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint rather than ol’ Bruce, as the prop sharks were nicknamed on the set of the Steven Spielberg-directed movie. Or maybe there’s a chance he simply wants to make friends with Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss’ Jaws characters as they’re out on the water. Actually, considering his willingness to devour complete strangers, I’m sticking with my original instinct that King Shark will eventually go “nom nom” on their asses.
The Suicide Squad marks King Shark’s second time being adapted for a live-action project, having previously been a recurring villain on The Flash TV series. For The Suicide Squad, Steve Agee, who also appeared as John Economos, played the humanoid shark on-set, just like how Sean Gunn (who appeared as Weasel and Calendar Man) plays the on-set Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. King Shark was the first new character James Gunn added to The Suicide Squad, and while Stallone confirmed his involvement in the movie in November 2020, it wasn’t until the first trailer dropped the following March that we learned he was voicing the character.
Warning: SPOILERS for The Suicide Squad are ahead!
Luckily for fans of Sylvester Stallone’s version of King Shark, he made it out of The Suicide Squad alive alongside Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2. So it’s possible we’ll see him again, especially considering that DC Films president Walter Hamada has teased that James Gunn will be back for more DCEU projects following The Suicide Squad and HBO Max’s upcoming Peacemaker series. As far as The Suicide Squad itself goes, the movie’s enjoyed a much better critical reception compared to its 2016 predecessor and opened to $26.5 million on its first weekend in theaters. It’s also available to watch on HBO Max until September 6, so if you’re not already subscribed, sign up for the streaming service with our special deal.
If/when it’s announced we’ll be seeing more of Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark in the DCEU, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, CinemaBlend will keep you apprised of more news concerning upcoming DC Comics movies.
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