Variety is reporting Portuguese actress Daniela Mechior has signed on to James Gunn’s version of Suicide Squad. She’s rumored to portray Ratcatcher. The actresswill join Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis in what appears to be a whole new take on Suicide Squad.
Ratcatcher Among Interesting Choices
Daniela is an interesting choice for two reasons. First off she is a new up and comer. She had very little to her credits, save a couple of foreign films. This move could really boost her star appeal, or sink it if things are not taken well by audiences. Given Gunn’s track record though, she has little reason to be worried. Gunn has a habit of finding the exact right person for a role even if they are not an acclaimed actor/actress (looking at you Dave Bautista).
The other reason this is an interesting choice is that Ratcatcher in the DC comics is a guy. Otis Flannegan is from the Batman rogues gallery and communicates telepathically with rats. His first appearance came in 1988 and has been used sparingly since. He is not one of Gotham’s most feared baddies. The switch to female presents an interesting twist, which in the end, may add up to little. Rumor has it this version will share a connection in some form with Idris Elba and his character.
While characters like Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, and Captain Boomerang return for this movie, after starring in the original version directed by David Ayer, castings like this show James Gunn’s fresh new take on the squad and their missions. His eclectic cast so far has added Peacemaker(rumor), Ratcatcher, Polka-dot man, and possibly even King Shark.
James Gunn demonstrated an ability to make a great ensemble film with his creation of Guardians of the Galaxy. No one knew of this comic group before Gunn turned them into a major motion picture success. What was once considered a big-time gamble by Marvel Studios, is now a major part of the MCU galaxy.
It will be interesting to see the spin he puts on the Task Force X squad. James Gunn’s Suicide Squad releases August 6, 2021 release date.