During the DC Fandome event, we finally got our first real glimpses of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, yet they still kept the villain a secret. But the Brothers of the House of Warner forgot one crucial truth: fans will find out. And that’s just what they did. Some eagle-eyed fans analyzed the behind-the-scene footage, focusing on the randomly fallen henchmen here and there. What they found could lead to the greatest moments in the DCeU. Not Darkseid. Nor Wonder Woman’s reveal. Not even Aquaman’s abs. This is the gamechanger. Because the big bad of The Suicide Squad is none other than STARRO THE CONQUERER
Wait…What Villain is the Suicide Squad Facing in Jim Gunn’s movie?
The Avengers had Loki. The X-Men had Magneto. The Justice League had…Starro? (DC Comics)
While Starro the Conqueror isn’t a well-known villain, that cover above by itself should tell you, “this is the perfect James Gunn villain.” Starro, however, is much more important to DC lore than you might think. They were the first villain the original Justice Society of America teamed up to fight. So what’s makes him a Conqueror? It doesn’t hurt that they have mind control powers, but they also have a giant army of little starfish they can use to control victims all over the universe. But, honestly, this might show how dangerous they are better than anything else:
Wait…just what in King Shark’s jockstrap are we seeing here? (DC Comics)
Oh, sorry, that was from the time that Batman used a tissue sample of Starro and created a clone of him that he then raised as a son and turned him into Robin. Their name was Jarro, because they used to live in a jar. And yes, this is canon. Here’s the more terrifying image:
Nope. (DC Comics)
Why Starro is the Perfect Villain for The Suicide Squad and James Gun
The entire idea of the Suicide Squad is ridiculous. A bunch of murderers all on a team together forced to save the world? The team assembled for the first movie, though it didn’t do well, was already a pretty crazy team. Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn…all a bit ridiculous. Now we’re adding more ridiculous. Rat Trap, King Shark, Polka Dot Man…just crazy. The first movie, however, didn’t utilize this conceit as much as it could have. Maybe if Joker and Enchantress teamed up, that would have been crazy enough—you know, if that were the original idea.
Even with an alien starfish attached to his face, Superman still somehow has a perfect kiss curl. (DC Comics)
Once James Gunn revealed that Polka Dot Man was going to be on the team, it became clear that Warner Bros hired him to produce the most insane movie possible. How much crazier can you get than a giant purple and pink starfish from space that can make tiny clones of itself and control peoples’ minds? And since Starro takes control of people by attaching a little starfish to someone’s head, wouldn’t it be ironic if the bombs Waller placed in each Suicide Squad member’s necks prevented the mind control?
James Gunn somehow made Ego work as a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Ego, the Living Planet. An elder of the universe. He even got us to sympathize with said living planet by using Kurt Russell, who somehow found nuance in a character literally named Ego. So, Starro the Conqueror? That’s not just a perfect villain for the Suicide Squad, it’s almost like Gunn was born to use them in a movie.
That is if it’s true. Take a look at the picture below and tell us what you think.
Look really closer between the body and the arm. (DC Fandome)
Also…they haven’t revealed Taika Waititi’s character yet. Just saying…
(Featured Image from DC Fandome)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.