'The Suicide Squad': Who is The Thinker? Peter Capaldi's character has 4 different versions

'The Suicide Squad': Who is The Thinker? Peter Capaldi's character has 4 different versions
The Thinker in comics and The Thinker in 'The Suicide Squad' (DC Comics/Warner BRos)

There is a lot of curiosity among fans to know about all the new characters being introduced in the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ movie. In 2016, David Ayer made the original movie for Warner Bros and introduced fans to a team of supervillains trying to save the world.

The film consisted of characters like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Joker (Jared Leto), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), and many more. The movie got panned by critics and mostly received negative reviews. However, it was later found that WB allegedly edited a lot of parts from the movie and released it theatrically.
Five years later, James Gunn was given the responsibility to make the standalone sequel for the original film. So, Gunn decided to introduce new characters in the movie and some of them are really intriguing.


'The Suicide Squad': Release date, spoilers and all about Margot Robbie blockbuster

'The Suicide Squad' Full Cast List: Meet Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and others from DC movie


One such character is The Thinker. Not a lot of people know about the character, so we are going to tell the history of the character and how it was originated.

Peter Capaldi as The Thinker in 'The Suicide Squad' (DC/Warner Bros)


Who is The Thinker?

According to comics, four different characters have identified themselves as The Thinker. Clifford DeVoe, Cliff Carmichael, Desmond Connor, and AI have made appearances in DC Comics as the aforementioned character. The Thinker is known for his intellect and the way he does his crime, hence the name.

The first version, Clifford DeVoe, made his appearance in DC Comics in 1943. DeVoe was a failed lawyer and ended his career on a bitter note. He believed that criminals in Gotham City were brainless and started a new career as the brain behind some of the small-time villains. As the Thinker, he was defeated by the original Flash/Jay Garrick, his most recurrent foe. He also made a device called ‘The Thinking Cap’, a metal hat that could project mental force. The Thinker was a member of the Injustice Society, leading an army of prison escapees like the other members.


The Thinker (DC Comics)


Meanwhile, Cliff Carmichael first appeared in 1978 but he took the name of The Thinker in 1990. Carmichael was known to be an intellectual bully and was the rival of Ronnie Raymond. He used to him throughout school life and even in the University. Later, his tricks turned sinister and he was admitted to a mental hospital where he was experimented on using DeVoe's signature Thinking Cap. He used the knowledge that he gained from the hat and made a micro version of it. It is worth noticing that fans might be seeing this version of the character in the upcoming movie.

On the other hand, the other two versions of the character – Desmond Connor and AI – have different abilities. Connor does possess the power of telepathy, but he also can sense fear just like Scarecrow’s fear toxins. Whereas AI is the artificial intelligence version of the thinking cap. It should be noted that none of these characters have been associated with The Suicide Squad.


What are The Thinker’s abilities?

Clifford DeVoe and Cliff Carmichael had similar abilities like technologically derived telekinesis and mind control. Meanwhile, Desmond Connor had telepathy and was able to sense fear.

AI version was capable of integrating into and controlling computerized and electronics systems.

Who plays The Thinker in ‘The Suicide Squad’?

Legendary actor Peter Capaldi will be playing the role of The Thinker in the upcoming movie. Although it is still unknown which version he’ll be playing. The chances are that he will be portraying the Cliff Carmichael version.


Peter Capaldi attends the Royal Academy of Arts Summer exhibition preview at Royal Academy of Arts on June 04, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)


Capaldi is known for many iconic roles in his illustrious career and has also received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. This will be Capaldi’s first-ever superhero movie.

‘The Suicide Squad’ is scheduled to hit theatres and HBO Max on August 6.


Share this article:

 the suicide squad who is the thinker peter capaldi james gunn dceu