There were many questions about how Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would deliver Killer Croc in the in the up-and-coming Suicide Squad movie.
The DC Universe has a lot of dark heroes and villains. Yet, among the Batmans and Jokers lies Killer Croc, a cartoonish, beast-like crocodile/man more suited to X-Men than Batman. Surely, we thought, in David Ayer’s gritty, hyper-realistic film, Killer Croc would be a bad choice?
In an interview with Collider, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks about what we can expect from Killer Croc:
“I discussed with David Ayer the director, we sat down and talked about it, how we wanted to reincarnate the first vision of Croc in the movie. We wanted to ground him, really make him real.”
Akinnuoye-Agbaje says the team also focused a lot on Killer Croc’s features:
“You’ll see that with the color of skin-tones that were used, which were blended in with my own, so that it was almost as if it was a disfiguration, a man that inherited a disease that gave him croc like features and looks. We wanted to ground that. One of the reasons they went to a lot of detail in how to craft the mask was so that I could really do as many natural facial contortions as possible. Also, we decided not to use contacts so that you could really get to see the being, the soul, beneath the mask. We found that that really helps draw you into him as a being, as a creature.”
As well as giving Killer Croc a make-over, Akinnuoye-Agbaje says that they’ve have changed his backstory, too:
“We’re not about just making this beast. We’re making a being. He’s somewhat tortured and abused from his childhood. It dictates his reactions, from him wanting to go underground. He’s always been ostracized and ridiculed for how he looks. What he’s done is embrace that. Instead of saying ‘I’m ugly’, he’s says ‘I’m beautiful’. Instead of going underground as if he’s hiding, he says ‘this is my kingdom’.”
With Warner Bros. and DC counting on Suicide Squad to better the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice woes, it sounds like Ayer, Akinnuoye-Agbaje and the team have put a lot of time into the character.
Suicide Squad hits cinemas August 5.
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