After months of speculation, yesterday’s massive DC Fandome event revealed the supervillain the former Twelfth Doctor is playing in the massive comic book team up!
DC Comics held a massive virtual convention on the 22nd August called DC Fandome. The event covered the universes of comic books, video games, TV shows and movies. And it unveiled a huge range of trailers, concept art and news. But among the trailers for The Flash Season 7, The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson, the Wonder Woman sequel, the concept art of Michael Keaton back in the Batsuit for Flashpoint, and more, was one item particularly close to Doctor Who’s fans’ hearts. Peter Capaldi is the Thinker in The Suicide Squad movie!
Drawing heaving on Jon Ostrander’s classic 1980s run, The Suicide Squad tells the continuing misadventures of Task Force X. The team is created by the government as a uniquely powerful, but plausibly deniable strike team. And the Suicide Squad collects the best of the worst supervillains captured by the likes of Superman and Batman. The Suicide Squad comics were a fan favourite for many years. Its anarchic tone was popular with readers, as well as its uniqueness in having protagonists of morally very dark grey. A 2016 film adaptation launched Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn into the live action world. This year it spawned the semi-sequel Birds of Prey. But now crowd pleasing director James Gunn (The Guardians of the Galaxy) takes the reins for a new Suicide Squad film. And this time Harley is joined by a host of new ne’er-do-wells. Including Peter Capaldi’s Thinker.
Peter Capaldi’s Thinker will be the Flash villain’s first appearance on the big screen
Capaldi’s involvement was announced many months ago but with little hint as to who he was playing, beyond the fact that he’d had to shave his head for the role. Speculation included the likes of Mr. Freeze. But now we know! The former Doctor Who star plays the Thinker, a villain introduced in the pages of All-Flash #3 back in 1943. A member of the Flash’s Rogues Gallery that’s bedeviled the scarlet speedster for decades, the Thinker’s a ruthless game player. Real name Clifford DeVos, he’s used his ‘thinking cap’ to augment his intelligence. Originally the thinking cap was literally a helmet beaming IQ boosting rays into his brain. But in more recent depictions the Thinker has implants gruesomely emerging from his bald skull. And it’s this interpretation on which Capaldi’s look is based.
This is the first time the Thinker has appeared in film, though he was previously played by Neil Sandilands on television as the main enemy in The Flash season four. The Suicide Squad’s use of lesser known villains has always been a key part of the formula. It utilized the comics villains that could be killed off without too many complaints from their origin titles. With a packed cast, and a massive team, it seems likely that many of the Squad won’t come out of this mission alive. But let’s hope Peter Capaldi’s Thinker is one of those who makes it to the final act.
Capaldi appeared at the DC Fandome virtual convention this weekend, where he was quick to praise the cast and crew
Speaking about the experience at the DC Fandome The Suicide Squad panel, Capaldi said, “I’ve just got to say what an amazing experience it was, in regards of [director James Gunn] and all of [my co-stars]. You know, the atmosphere on that set was so positive and what a warm, wonderful supportive place to be. You know, not everyone has been in a big superhero movie, even if they’ve been Doctor Who or anything like that. So to walk on to a set like that can be quite intimidating. But the welcome that [everybody] provided was just fantastic.”
Though Sean Gunn, who plays Weasel, was quite to return to the panel’s general tone. “Leave it to the British guy to come in at the end to say something beautiful, that makes us all look stupid.”
The Suicide Squad arrives in cinemas in August, 2021
Original cast members Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Joel Kinnamen (Col. Rick Flag) return from the first film. They’re joined by Idris Elba (as Bloodsport – the man who shot Superman), John Cena as Peacemaker (the character Watchmen’s Comedian was based on), Michael Rooker as Savant (a villain from the Birds of Prey comics). While the movie embraces the delightfully obscure corners of the DC Universe with David Dastmalchian as 1960s Batman villain Polka-Dot Man, Steve Agee as King Shark, (a Flash villain that’s effectively a bipedal Great White Shark), and Nathan Fillion as Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (a Legion of Super-Heroes character with, well, the power to detatch and reattach his limbs). As well as even more besides, including Ratcatcher (a character fans of the Grant/Breyfogle Detective Comics run would never have thought would get a live action movie outing).
The Suicide Squad comes out on the 6th of August, 2021. And like most Doctor Who fans, Blogtor Who can’t wait to see Peter Capaldi’s Thinker in action! In the meantime catch up with the DC Fandome sneak peak below: