Suicide Squad has a large cast that might leave non-comic-connoisseurs confused. That’s why, in the days leading up to the movie, we’re providing introductions to characters like Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress and Will Smith’s Deadshot. Now, it’s Captain Boomerang’s turn.
As a character who is neither The Joker or Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang is at an immediate disadvantage when performing for non comic book fans. Many people have no idea who the hell he is. He is also being played by Jai Courtney, an actor who is widely disliked for arbitrary reasons, and he has a goofy name that sounds like it was made up by the kids on South Park.
But he will be one of the best parts of Suicide Squad. Why?
Well, the character is named George “Digger” Harkness, which is kind of badass, and because he is half-Australian, Jai Courtney will get to use his native accent and therefore be less wooden than he was in films like Terminator or A Good Day to Die Hard. He can simply devote his attention to Boomerang’s batshittery, which is considerable.
Boomerang uses — you guessed it — boomerangs as his weapons, which is objectively hilarious. Unlike most of the other villains, he is not Batman’s enemy but The Flash’s. He used to be a boomerang promoter at a toy company. If this sounds like an incredibly lame backstory, it is, and it will be acknowledged. He is the class clown of the Suicide Squad and nobody really takes him seriously. That might be why the trailer shows him acting out and being frankly more intriguing and unpredictable than Jared Leto’s Joker.
He drinks on the job.
And makes weird faces into cameras a la Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, but he’s a different enough character to avoid living in his shadow, unlike Leto’s Joker.
In fact, because it’s unclear what the Joker’s role in the Squad will be, if any, Boomerang will fulfill that role. Expect him to antagonize his co-villains and wreak havoc with his behavior. It’s Boomerang who will provide the Squad with a dynamite sense of tension and unpredictable energy.
We’re calling it now, Captain Boomerang — the oddball villain with the silly name and lame backstory — will be the dark horse of Suicide Squad. We’ll find out if we’re right on August 5th.
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