Who Is Weasel? A Look At The Suicide Squad Characters
The Suicide Squad trailer dropped earlier this year and the movie is premiering in a little over a month, so fans everywhere are hoping to learn more about some of the new characters that were introduced. We’re here to help! I’m continuing my series of posts looking at each of the new characters in The Suicide Squad and in today’s post I’m going to investigate: who is Weasel?
Who Is Weasel And What Are His Powers?
Weasel (alias: John Monroe) was a loner who was teased while he was a student at Stanford. The other students called him “Weasel,” possibly because he beared resemblance to the furry creature. He eventually took this name to heart while he was a teacher at Vandemeer University in Pittsburgh due to more belittlement from his colleagues by creating a costume complete with razor-sharp claws and teeth.
While this original Monroe never actually turned into an animal-like creature, he experiences somewhat of a placebo effect when he dons his Weasel costume: he somehow gains great speed and agility and is able to jump to dizzying heights and distances. He also has enhanced strength and is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. Lastly, his sharp claws enable him to climb almost any structure.
The Beginnings Of Weasel
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Weasel was created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan and first appeared in The Fury of Firestorm #35 (August 1985). He was stopped by Firestorm after the superhero took on a professorship role at Vandemeer University and Weasel tried to kill him. Eventually, he was recruited into the Suicide Squad. On a mission to rescue Hawk, he tried to kill Thinker and ended up getting killed by Rick Flag Jr. instead. Spoilers for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad? Guess we’ll have to see!
A couple of decades later, in Batman #666 (July 2007), a Future Weasel was introduced as an enemy to Damian Wayne, the new Batman following the death of Dick Grayson.
In September 2011, Weasel got another reboot thanks to DC’s The New 52. In this timeline, the supervillain is more animalistic, which seems to be more in line with what we’ve seen in The Suicide Squad trailers. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the movies because in the comics does seem to still have some human in him. Similar to how King Shark is portrayed as dumber in The Suicide Squad, maybe Weasel will be getting similar treatment.
The Suicide Squad debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021
How weird do you think Weasel is actually going to be in The Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments!
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]