Peter Capaldi’s Thinker stars on two comic book covers from DC Comics this August
To celebrate the cinema release of The Suicide Squad, DC Comics are giving thirteen of their comic books special tie-in covers. These variants from the normal covers will each feature brand new art depicting the movie versions of the Suicide Squad. And two of the eleven covers revealed so far feature Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi as the villainous Thinker.
In the comics, the Thinker is a villain who first appeared as an enemy of the Flash in 1943. Augmenting his brain with a ‘thinking cap’ that massively boosts his intelligence, he gets his power comes from being able to predict his opponents every move and to draw up meticulous, fool proof plans. He’s also been a recurring member of Task Force X, nicknamed the Suicide Squad. They’re the ultimate in plausible deniability, since its members are all supervillains. And the Squad is licenced to cause as much mayhem as necessary to accomplish their missions for the US government. In return they get time off their lengthy prison sentences. And to ensure they don’t simply escape – a small bomb planted in each of their skulls.
Both comics are out in August, while the film opens in the UK on the 30th of July
Peter Capaldi’s version of the Thinker is depicted on the cover of Joker #6, with art by Jonboy Meyers, alongside Harley Quinn (as played by Margot Robbie) and Mongal (Mayling Ng). He also features on the cover of Green Lantern #5, drawn by Felipe Massafera. The cover also depicts Polka-Dot Man (David Mastmalchian) and Javelin (Flula Borg) and a shower of the alien brain parasites known as Starro. Green Lantern is first out, arriving in comic book shops on the 3rd of August. Joker comes a week later on the 10th. The film itself hits UK cinemas shortly beforehand, on the 30th of July while it premieres in the US on the 6th of August. In America it will also be on the streaming platform HBO Max, suggesting it will be available digitally in some form in Britain too.
It’s proving to be a busy year at the cinema for Doctor Who’s alumni, with The Suicide Squad (Peter Capaldi), Last Night in Soho (Matt Smith) and Gunpowder Milkshake (Karen Gillan) all coming soon. In the meantime, check out the TV trailer for The Suicide Squad below.