The Suicide Squad director James Gunn shares a comical behind-the-scenes image of Steve Agee in the King Shark bodysuit. As a part-sequel-part-reboot of David Ayer’s 2016 film Suicide Squad, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad was released this past August, with several of the previous characters returning to link the past film with Gunn’s adaption. In comparison to Ayer's take on the DC comics team, Gunn's adaption was more gory and ended up with an R-rating.
Alongside previous characters, Gunn introduced a new set of misfit villains into the DCEU, including the large humanoid shark Nanaue, also known as King Shark. Gunn turned the turbulent demigod, known for his monumental strength and endurance, into a soft-hearted, adorable character with uncontrollable hunger. Although it was Sylvester Stallone who voiced King Shark in The Suicide Squad, Agee played the motion-capture role on the set to serve as a reference guide for when he was recreated using CGI.
Gunn is notorious for documenting and sharing behind-the-scenes images on his social media to showcase to his fans, and his latest Twitter offering is a glimpse of King Shark from the filming of The Suicide Squad. The playful image showcases Agee posing in the awkward bodysuit from the Jotunheim set, with a towel wrapped around his head to vaguely give him the right silhouette for a human-shark hybrid. His bodybuilder pose doesn't go over quite as well as it might've for Nanaue in the final film. Check the photo out below:
The playful image captured by Gunn shows his fans the BTS production of King Shark’s character before he was finalized in post-production. Despite prioritizing the use of more practical effects over CGI effects for The Suicide Squad, the director had to go digital to make the humanoid shark come to life on the screen. In a previous interview, Gunn admitted that Nanaue was the CGI character he found most difficult to transition from page to screen, with many redesigns made to achieve the final look.
It is apparent that Gunn has a keen eye for creating comic book adaptations of relatively lesser-known characters and transforming them into multi-dimensional fan-favorites. He had done so previously with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and he used the opportunity of The Suicide Squad to dredge up villains such as Polka-Dot Man that had virtually no footprint with DC audiences. King Shark is somewhat more popular, but Gunn's unique take makes Nanaue stand on his own as one of his more memorable contributions to the DCEU.
Source: James Gunn/Twitter
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