Get Ready for James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ With This Introduction to DC’s King Shark


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When the trailer dropped for James Gunn’s upcoming film The Suicide Squad, we got a look at many DC Comics weirdos, including David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man and even Starro, the Conqueror. But the stand-out character, by far, was King Shark, a human/shark hybrid voiced by Sylvester Stallone

We won’t get to see the movie until August, but fortunately, there’s plenty of King Shark content to satiate our appetites. In addition to his appearances on CW’s The Flash (voiced by David Hayter) and the animated series DC Superhero Girls and Harley Quinn (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson and Ron Funches, respectively), King Shark has been a regular fixture in DC Comics since his full debut in 1994’s Superboy #9.

Created by Karl Kessel, King Shark is Nanaue, son of the (fictional) Hawaiian shark god Chondrakha and a human woman. Although he’s evolved greatly over the years, King Shark has been a fan-favorite from the start, even supplanting Green Lantern villain The Shark (an old favorite of mine) as DC’s best selachamorphic monster.  

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