Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje isn't anticipating a call from James Gunn regarding The Suicide Squad anytime soon. The British-born actor starred in David Ayer's 2016 Suicide Squad, playing Killer Croc - a classic Batman foe and one of the ragtag group recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to halt the world-ending threat of Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). Despite a healthy box office run and even earning an Academy Award, the film was widely panned by critics and moviegoers alike. In the wake of that and Justice League's even more underwhelming performance, Warner Bros. opted to shift direction with its DCEU. Soon after, it was announced that Gunn would write and direct the follow-up.
The details of Gunn's story have remained firmly under wraps. The film's principal cast has been officially announced, however, and it includes frequent collaborators Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker. Though some of the film's new additions have had their characters revealed - such as David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man and Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher - many remain subjects of fierce speculation. The newcomers will be joining Margot Robbie who, alongside a leading role in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, will return for the follow-up/soft-reboot. Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman will also return as Captain Boomerang and Rick Flag, respectively.
One face fans shouldn't expect, though, is Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Killer Croc. Speaking with Yahoo, the actor discussed a variety of topics - including his similarly brief tenure within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his own directorial debut, Farming. Specifically, in regard to The Suicide Squad, he revealed that he's not expecting to revisit the role in the new film. Equally, he stated that he isn't sure he'd want to. "I don't think I need to [do it again] to be honest," he stated. "I did it. I enjoyed it. It bought me a Bentley and I will keep moving on."
He expressed, however, that the decision had nothing to do with the film's backlash and negative reception. "To be quite honest with you, I think I went on to something quite quickly afterward," he said. "Particularly with that kind of genre movie, I don’t take the criticism or reactions too seriously. It’s supposed to be just fun." Akinnuoye-Agbaje isn't the only one not returning for Gunn's new offering. Jared Leto and Will Smith will also not return as The Joker and Deadshot, respectively. In fact, Idris Elba will star in the latter's stead - albeit as a wholly different character.
It's currently unknown what's next in the pipeline, but with many acclaimed performances in his repertoire - ranging from a stint on Lost to an appearance on Game of Thrones - it likely won't be long until Akinnuoye-Agbaje once again graces fans' screens. His Killer Croc was considered one of the moderately more successful, if oddly utilized, elements of Suicide Squad. As such, there will no doubt be many who are sad to see him all but officially out of the DCEU for the time being. Still, with Steve Agee rumored to be taking on the role of King Shark, audiences will still have their fill of semi-aquatic antiheroes in The Suicide Squad.
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