Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on Killer Croc’s History in ‘Suicide Squad’

By May 3, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been a box office success – depending on your perspective – but there’s no denying that it was a critical failure, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 28%. This certainly wasn’t the reception that Warner Bros. was hoping for, but the studio is hoping to right the ship with the release of Suicide Squad. Directed by David Ayer, the film features an impressive collection of villains from the DC universe, including the first live-action appearance of Waylon Jones, better known to comic book fans as Killer Croc.

Bringing the scale-covered behemoth to life was no easy task, and recently Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje spoke with the folks at Coming Soon about the complicated configuration of makeup and prosthetics:

“The head and shoulders are prosthetic that were glued onto my face and then the body down was painted. It took about five hours to do, but it was something that was a challenge that I was up for because I wanted to set a new standard for what can be done with prosthetics. We could have easily CGI’d this, but David [Ayer] was insistent on there being an actor to bring out the soul of the character. It gave me an opportunity to show what I could do with prosthetics.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is no stranger to performing under several layers of makeup – he also played Kurse in 2014’s Thor: The Dark World – but it sounds like this process was significantly more time-consuming. It’s refreshing to hear that Ayer insisted on using practical effects, rather than CG, and we’re hoping that decision translates to a more believable reptilian nemesis.

As far as Croc’s backstory, and where we find him in the overall DC continuity, Akinnuoye-Agbaje explains:

“At the time you meet him in this film, he’s a fully fledged criminal. He’s really one of the baddest criminals known to be roaming in Gotham, hence his lockup in Arkham. He’s tangled with the Batman and here he is amongst these other foes. He’s very much a formidable force at the time that you meet him.”

The events of Suicide Squad take place after Batman v Superman, and that film taught us that Bruce Wayne has been stalking the rooftops of Gotham for around two decades, so it only makes sense that he and Croc would have crossed paths during that time.  It’ll be interesting to see how much – if at all – they delve into each villain’s relationship with the Dark Knight over the course of the film.

It would be easy for a character like Killer Croc to seem ridiculous in a live-action setting, but Akinnuoye-Agbaje is taking the role seriously, confirming that he researched cannibalism and spent time observing real-life crocodiles and their behaviors – some of which will be incorporated into Suicide Squad‘s action scenes. As for whether or not we’ll get to see him fight underwater:

 “I’m a croc after all, man. That’s my territory!”

Also starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).