The Suicide Squad Introduces An Idea Marvel & DC have avoided so far

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is already a game-changer for the franchise. However, it also introduces a new idea to both MCU and DCEU.

The suicide group pushes boundaries for both future DC and Marvel movies. With its new look, a celebration of niche characters and an R-rated approach to the source material, the film is already radically different from almost everything else in the cartoon cannon.

Interestingly, this bold approach pays dividends James Gunn’s most recent directorial feature. Despite a relatively disappointing performance in the box office, the film is a hit with both audiences and critics. This makes it one of the most critically successful ventures for DC Extended Universe to date and puts it head and shoulders above David Ayer’s original 2016 Suicide Squad. Although the follow-up film contains harsh language and violence previously seen in films such as Deadpool and a rag-tag ensemble cast similarly found in Gunn’s own Guardians of the Galaxy, The suicide group also makes something more subtly unique, which has really not been seen in any other superhero movie so far.

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Next to fan favorites like Peacemaker and Sylvester Stallone-voiced King Shark, The suicide group contains the unsung antihero Ratcatcher 2. Played by star Daniela Melchior, the character reportedly inherited the title from her father — part of Batman’s villain gallery in the comic book source material. What makes the character so important in this context, however, is that it marks the first time in a movie to date that a hero or villain has a number in their name.

Rat catcher 2 with a rat on his shoulder

As comic book fans only know too well, tracks occasionally appear in superhero and villain-altar -egos across both Marvel and DC. Clear examples, such as Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent and The Fantastic Four, are already getting plenty of time both on screen and in print. However, cases like Ratcatcher 2, where a name more closely resembles a successor than a suitable hero moniker, is much rarer. As a result, Gunn’s decision to introduce this new numbered concept could have serious consequences.

Comic book theory is replete with examples of characters passing on their cloak to another, only to have their successor assume the original identity. A hero like Spider-Man, for example, has been represented by both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, proving that there is no need for a person to play the role forever. But what Ratcatcher 2’s introduction in The suicide group may suggest that anyone who follows in the footsteps of the original persons could put a timestamp on their assumption of a particular role and create a final chronology. For example, it seems unlikely that the original Ratcatcher will ever appear in this current DCEU, as his daughter has categorically confirmed that she is following in his footsteps. The simple addition of number two makes it much harder to explain back.

Whether this development will trigger a trend across other DC or Marvel features remains to be seen. Gunn’s decision, however, opens up the possibility that other directors and writers may follow the same format, signaling something exciting for fans. Of all innovations in The suicide group, this may be one of the most surprisingly significant.

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