David Ayer’s upcoming antihero movie Suicide Squad is about a black ops team made up of some of the deadliest bad guys and bad girls from the pages of DC Comics, but not all of the villains in the movie are going to be on the team. For starters there’s Jared Leto’s Joker, whom even Amanda Waller would struggle to keep under control for long enough to be useful.
While most of the main cast – which includes Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – have had their supervillain alter-egos revealed, one actor whose role has remained unclear is True Blood star Jim Parrack, whose involvement was revealed when he was shown in one of the very first Suicide Squad cast photos. Now we finally know who Parrack will be playing.
Actress Corina Calderon, who has a smaller role in Suicide Squad and previously appeared in Ayer’s cop drama End of Watch, shared a since-deleted post on Instagram (preserved by CBM) revealing that Parrack is playing Jonny Frost, the Joker’s henchman and chauffeur:
“All #HappyCamper on my way to set again, going earlier than my #CallTime just to be there and watch my boy Jim Parrack playing #JonnyFrost do his Thang #SuicideSquad.”
By itself this post may not have qualified as a 100% confirmation of Parrack’s role, but it fits with an ongoing pattern of information. The first mention of Parrack playing Jonny Frost came during an episode of Meet the Movie Press several months ago, in which TheWrap reporter Jeff Sneider (well known for breaking exclusive stories) said he’d been “told from reliable sources that Jim Parrack is in fact playing Jonny Frost.” This also explains the one brief shot that we saw of Parrack in the Suicide Squad trailer: walking ahead of the Joker during an attack on a laboratory.
Jonny Frost appears in Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s 2008 graphic novel “Joker”, as a bottom-rung thug who becomes a temporary chauffeur for the Joker after the supervillain takes a shine to him. The inclusion of the character may speak to Ayer’s comic book inspirations for Suicide Squad, as “Joker” definitely contains one of the more mature and disturbing portrayals of the Joker, and the Suicide Squad trailer promised what looks like a dark and grimy take on the source material.
Playing bodyguard to the Joker is a dangerous job, so it’s possible that the first time we see Parrack in the role of Jonny Frost might also be the last. Still, at least he’ll enjoy an exciting career, even if it is short-lived.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps – June 19th, 2020.