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Who Is TDK? A Look At The Suicide Squad Characters

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BY June 10, 2021

Now that The Suicide Squad trailer has dropped, 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 TDK (played by Nathan Fillion!!).

Who Is TDK And What Are His Powers?

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TDK, or The Detachable Kid, is a metahuman who can detach his own arms and control them telekinetically, using them to bludgeon, distract, and surprise whomever he is fighting. Similar to a lizard though, once he loses his arms, they’re gone forever; luckily he possesses amazing regenerative powers, so his arms will grow back within a few minutes. He wears a special sleeveless suit that allows his arms to easily detach.

The Beginnings Of TDK

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TDK (alias: Floyd Belkin) first appeared in Secret Origins Vol 2 #46 in 1989. Originally named The Detachable Kid and later the more terrible Arm-Fall-Off-Boy, he was the first reject of the Legion of Super-Heroes, although it’s unclear if he decided to become a villain due to this rejection. TDK was never actually part of the Suicide Squad and will only appear in the movie because James Gunn decided it would be so (they have a history of working together and are also good friends).

TDK (as Arm-Fall-Off-Boy) was seen again in the 1994 limited series Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, but after that, all appearances of the character disappeared, which means Fillion’s reappearance in The Suicide Squad is especially exciting.

The Suicide Squad debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021

Are you excited to see Nathan Fillion as TDK 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.

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