'The Suicide Squad': Who is King Shark? DC character ate his mom's hand to feed himself

King Shark has been one of the integral parts of the DC Comics and now he'll be introduced on the big screen for the first time

                            'The Suicide Squad': Who is King Shark? DC character ate his mom's hand to feed himself
King Shark in 'Suicide Squad' vs King Shark in Comics (DC/Warner Bros)

James Gunn’s rendition of 'The Suicide Squad' has been making all the right noises since its inception and it is set to introduce fans to a lot of new characters in the DCEU.

In the first movie, we got to know about characters like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Enchantress, Katana, and more. Meanwhile, the latest edition is different and that’s why viewers are really excited to see what kind of news things these characters will bring to the table.


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One of the characters that have been creating a lot of curiosity in the minds of the people is King Shark. The supervillain has been an integral part of DC Comics and has had some of the most iconic moments in the DC Universe. So, let’s dig a little deeper and get to know about the origin of the characters and the abilities it possesses.

King Shark in 'The Suicide Squad' (DC/Warner Bros)

Who is King Shark?

The character made its first appearance in ‘Superboy Vol. 4’ in 1994 and went by the name of Nanaue. He was being kept in a prison in Hawaii and that’s when he was broken out of the prison by a crime syndicate. However, the character turned around and killed them for helping him escape.

As his story moved ahead, it is revealed that Nanaue was the child of a human native woman and the shark God of the Pacific, Chondrakha. Although he is a son of a god, he acts more like a demon and was responsible for many deaths. That’s why he was put into prison. When Superboy and Makoa were assigned to the Suicide Squad to destroy the Silicon Dragons, King Shark was forced to help. An explosive belt was strapped to his waist, set to detonate if anything happened to Makoa. Despite the belt detonating, King Shark survived the blast and the destruction of the lair.

King Shark in DC Comics (DC)


Once, he ate his own mother's hands so that he doesn't remain on an empty stomach. 

Many storylines have been featured in the comics, but DC has always focused on Nanaue’s original story. King Shark is one of the most diabolical villains in the DC Universe and has fought Superboy on several occasions. Interestingly, he had already made an appearance on 'The Flash' TV series. 

What are his powers and abilities?

King Shark is a demi-god and half-shark, so it does not come as a surprise that he has an enormous level of power. His augmented flesh provides protection against the pressures of powerful physical attacks. His shark half provides him with razor-sharp teeth and claws, which are used as weapons. He can swim at great speeds and is resistant to cold.

King Shark fighting with Superboy (DC Comics)


Additionally, he has the ability to use sonar detection to increase his senses far more than the average human.

It was his abilities that intrigued Amanda Waller to recruit him for Task Force X.

Who plays King Shark in ‘The Suicide Squad’?

Two actors are responsible for bringing the character into the DCEU. Actor Steve Agee was brought on set to portray the character while iconic Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone provided the voice for the supervillain. Agee has worked with Gunn before in ‘Brightburn’. The movie was produced by the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ helmer and Agee played the role of EJ in the movie.

Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures And Gravity Pictures' "The Meg" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Stallone needs no introduction. He is a veteran and has given many amazing performances in movies such as ‘Rocky’, ‘Rambo’, ‘The Expendables’ and ‘Creed’, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category.

‘The Suicide Squad’ hits theatres and HBO Max on August 6.

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