With the roster for James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad stacked with wildly disparate and relatively unknown DC Comics villains, we thought it would be great to get to know each of them in 400 words or less. Don’t get too attached after reading though, because there’s a good bet most of them won’t be around for the sequel! It’s time to meet and greet the members of Task Force X!
Detective Comics #585 introduced the world to the Batman villain Ratcatcher. Otis Flannegan once worked as an actual rat-catcher in Gotham City. Through his profession, he had a clear understanding of the city’s sewage systems like the back of his hand. During his time there he discovered his ability to talk and train rats. After he got into a fight and ended up stabbing someone, he was locked up in Gotham State Penitentiary. To take his revenge, Otis kidnapped the officials that got him arrested and developed his alter-ego.
During this time, he was able to train rodents to do his bidding. He commonly used them to torture or restrain his victims. It wasn’t until his rat army killed a man that Batman was alerted to his presence. Once again behind bars, he carved a flute to summon his minions. He actually built up a reputation as a smuggler by using his rats to carry items through the ventilation system. The character even built up a friendship with fellow rouge Magpie. To protect himself, he uses a repurposed gas gun. It is also the reason he wears his iconic gas mask. At one point, the villain became an unlikely hero to a group of homeless people. One of them turned out to be an OMAC sleeper agent that vaporized him out of existence.
In The Suicide Squad, Daniela Melchior will be playing a gender-flipped version of the character. It is uncertain if Otis might make an appearance. She holds the title Ratcatcher 2 hinting at her being a legacy character. This will be the Portuguese actress first American film, she appeared in Portuguese films like The Black Book and Parque Mayer. The character has no previous ties to the group, so it will be interesting to see what role she will have for this particular mission.
Murphy’s Multiverse Dead Pool Predictions
Predicted chances of survival: 25%
Predicted manner of death: rat bomb a.k.a. cruel irony
RIP Ratcatcher 2