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The Suicide Squad Character That Was Even Harder To Bring To Life Than Marvel's Rocket And Groot

From the moment they saw the first trailer for "The Suicide Squad," fans knew James Gunn's DC movie would be a vastly different beast than the one that debuted back in 2016. Task Force X's follow-up movie is going to be much more violent, and feature even bigger stakes. Most of all, Starro the Conqueror — a giant, intergalactic starfish — is coming to the big screen! It's going to be a wild ride, that's for sure.

But Starro isn't the only CGI character in the film — presuming that Gunn didn't get a real kaiju-sized starfish to cause havoc on set, that is. Joining Task Force X alongside the likes of Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Peacemaker (John Cena) are King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) and Weasel (Sean Gunn). Honestly, the film is set to be one of the weirdest things DC has done on the big screen since "The LEGO Batman Movie."

Not that we're complaining. But James Gunn recently opened up about bringing one of the CGI supervillains to life, saying it was much more difficult than the work that went into both Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Creating the CGI King Shark was a 'very, very painstaking process'

During an eye-opening interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar) about his explosive DC movie, James Gunn confessed that King Shark was a real problem during production. Not literally, of course; no crew members were eaten alive during the making of "The Suicide Squad." 

"He was actually harder than both Rocket and Groot to develop," Gunn said. "Rocket was hard because it's difficult taking an animal and turning it into a humanoid shape, but it's five times more difficult to do that with a shark — it was a very, very painstaking process."

The director also pointed out that King Shark's nature makes him different from a "character standpoint" because of his bloodthirsty tastes, explaining, "King Shark is a fish and he eats human beings. He doesn't have such a mammalian love for people." He also gave a little insight into how the bulky villain thinks: He wants to belong and he wants to show that he's smart. And he's not." 

Oh, King Shark, we love you already.

"The Suicide Squad" will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6.