Up-and-coming Portuguese actress/model newcomer Daniela Melchioris is set to take on the role of Ratcatcher, as a new recruit in James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD. The character, has the ability to telepathically communicate with and control rats and was originally introduced as a Batman villain in the late ’80s.
It is worth noting that this take on Ratcatcher will have a connection to Idris Elba’s mysterious character, which seemingly confirms that the star was originally set to replace Will Smith as Deadshot after all. As she will be a surrogate daughter to Deadshot.
For people who are unfamiliar with Ratcatcher, in the comics Ratcatcher was a man named Otis Flannegan but the role is going to be gender-switched for the movie. In a breakdown for the character, she is described as “an exterminator in Gotham City that turns to a life of crime aided by an army of small rodents that she can communicate with and control. She is also a fan of poisonous gas.”
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Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is a man in the DC comics, the character will be gender-swapped and played by a woman in The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher is is a super-criminal and one of Batman’s many enemies. She started out as an exterminator in Gotham City before turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.
Nanaue, aka King Shark, is a super-villain and humanoid shark whose father is believed to be the so-called Shark God, though others dismiss him as merely a savage mutation.
Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot, is a Gotham City super-villain and like Ratcatcher, a sworn enemy of Batman. He grows multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons, even though, for the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.
Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, is an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him love peace so much he would kill for it.
Interestingly enough, Peacemaker is the role that sources say Gunn likes for Dave Bautista, the Guardians of the Galaxy star who defended the director when he was fired from Vol 3. by Disney chiefs Bob Iger and Alan Horn. Fans have been calling for Bautista to be Bane.
According to sources the new script, Deadshot as a surrogate father of sorts to Ratcatcher, though the role remains open to actresses of all nationalities and ethnicities.