Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad film brings together some of DC Comics’ most dangerous characters and forces them to work together for the greater good. A lot went into creating the DCEU versions of the characters, some of which look and act a lot different than the versions that fans are used to, but even though many of the characters aren’t carbon copies of their hand-drawn counterparts, the essence is still very much the same. In fact, some actors found inspiration for their respective villain from source material almost any fan would approve of.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Killer Croc in the film, recently discussed exactly how he prepared to play the scaly, super strong character. Interestingly enough, his process included watching Batman: The Animated Series.
Speaking to ComingSoon.net, Akinnuoye-Agbaje revealed that Killer Croc has already been a criminal for a while when the film opens. This isn’t a surprise, since many members of the DCEU will have origins prior to their first appearances on the big screen. He points out that Killer Croc is one of the more dangerous criminals that we’ve seen so far, saying:
“He’s really one of the baddest criminals known to be roaming in Gotham, hence his lockup in Arkham. He’s tangled with the Batman and here he is amongst these other foes. He’s very much a formidable force at the time that you meet him.”
Preparing for the role, Akinnuoye-Agbaje did a lot of research into both the character and real-world aspects of what the character should be like. He explained:
“I looked at all of it. I went back to the young Waylon Jones. The animated series. I had my own take, too. I researched cannibalism. I actually went out and watched real crocodiles, too. We incorporated some of the real life fight techniques that crocodiles do when they kill their prey. The death roll.”
Suiting up to play Killer Croc took about five hours, with Akinnuoye-Agbaje receiving massive prosthetics and makeup. The head and shoulders of the character were completely prosthetic, while the rest was makeup and paint. He explained that the character could have easily been done with CGI, but that he welcomed the challenge of doing it with prosthetics instead. “…David [Ayer] was insistent on their being an actor to bring out the soul of the character. It gave me an opportunity to show what I could do with prosthetics.”
While not everyone likes the look of the Killer Croc prosthetics, fans will at least be able to look forward to seeing Croc in his natural element: the water. “Oh, you’re going to get more than one water scene!” Akinnuoye-Agbaje explained, in reference to the death rolls that real crocodiles do when fighting in the water. “I’m a croc after all, man. That’s my territory!”
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.