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Nom nom?
~ King Shark's catchphrase when he sees potential food.
So smart, me. Enjoy books so much.
~ King Shark while reading a book upside down.

Nanaue, also known as King Shark, is a major character in the 2021 comic book film The Suicide Squad. He is a metahuman who is supposedly a descendant of a shark god, and has a uncontrollable taste for human flesh. After being sentenced to Belle Reve, he was recruited into Task Force X by Amanda Waller to destroy Jotunheim and Project Starfish.

He was voiced by Sylvester Stallone (who also played Rocky Balboa in the Rocky and Creed series, John Rambo in the Rambo films, Gabe Walker in Cliffhanger, Marion Cobretti in Cobra, Joey Bomowski in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!, Jake Malloy in D-Tox, Barney Ross in The Expendables films and voiced Weaver in Antz), and portrayed by Steve Agee (who also plays John Economos in the same film and the upcoming HBO series Peacemaker) via motion capture.

Biography

Background

Nanaue's origins are currently unknown, but according to Amanda Waller, some believe that he is a descendant of a shark god due to his shark physiology. Despite being gifted with superhuman abilities, Nanaue suffered a taste of human flesh, often resulting in him eating people mindlessly. Due to his appearance and possibly his uncontrollable hunger for human flesh, Nanaue didn't have any friends, causing him to become a loner and eventually turned to a life of crime. He was later apprehended and sentenced to Belle Reve, a federal penitentiary in Louisiana that holds powerful criminals.

The Suicide Squad

In 2021, ARGUS director Amanda Waller decides to reform Task Force X to destroy Jotunheim, a laboratory and prison to prevent evidence of America's involvement with Project Starfish being exposed. King Shark was placed on the second team led by Bloodsport, who were assigned to complete the mission alongside the first team under the command of Rick Flag. Upon landing on Corto Maltese, Waller informed the team that Flag's squad were killed, and that they had to complete the mission. While the rest of his teammates were sleeping, King Shark attempted to Ratcatcher, but was stopped by Bloodsport who shot at him repeatedly. Nanaue made friends with Ratcatcher afterwards, as she decided to befriend him once he revealed that he wouldn't eat those he called friend. The following morning, the team were tasked by Waller to divert their objective to rescue Flag.

Believing Flag to be captured by Maltese soldiers, King Shark assisted Bloodsport and Peacemaker in killing them finding Flag safe, having been rescued by resistance leader Sol Soria. Despite losing her men, Soria agrees to help the squad since she wants to stop Silvio Luna and Mateo Suarez from oppressing the island. Flag decides to divert their mission to rescue Harley, who had survived the beach massacre and was being interrogated by Luna. Once she regrouped with the team, they went on to capture the Thinker so he could help them find Jotunheim. The squad decided to plant explosives, and King Shark assisted Peacemaker in doing so while also showing the latter a figurine of himself made from the explosives. After completing his objective, King Shark wondered off after Peacemaker disappeared, and he came across an aquarium that was full of Clyrax.

While trying to make friends with the Clyrax's, Polka-Dot Man accidently set off the explosives, causing the aquarium to break and the Clyrax's attacking King Shark. He survived the incident, and reunited with his teammates to see Starro attacking the city while taking control of citizens. Despite being tasked by Waller to leave the city, Bloodsport refused and ordered King Shark to eat Starro, but the creature threw Nanaue towards a building. After Starro was defeated by his teammates, King Shark reunited with them and was given a hug by Ratcatcher. Once the mission was completed, Bloodsport bribed Waller into giving him and his teammates freedom since he had the files on America's involvement with Project Starfish.

Personality

To be added

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Shark physiology: Nanaue is an amphibious, shark-like metahuman. He has the physical attributes of a human as well as a shark, such as superhuman physicality and aquatic respiration.
    • Superhuman Strength: Due to his large size and body mass, Nanaue possesses extraordinarily immense strength, making him the strongest member of Task Force X. This enables him to pick a man up with both arms and hoist him high into the air with ease before consuming him as well as rip another vertically in half with his bare hands.
      • Superhuman Leaping: Nanaue's incredible strength extends to his legs, allowing him to leap great heights without much effort.
    • Superhuman Durability: Nanaue is powerfully durable as his advanced bodily tissues provide him much greater resistance to physical injury. This enables him to withstand falls from great heights, exposure to extremes in both temperature and pressure, high caliber bullets, and tremendous impact forces without sustaining injury. However, he was not able to resist the Clyrax's teeth penetrating his skin.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Nanaue's advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than that of humans and metahumans. As a result, his muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity. His virtually inexhaustible stamina enables him to exert himself at peak capacity for an undefined period of time without tiring at all.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: If injured, Nanaue's body is able to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue quicker and more extensively than an ordinary human.
    • Advanced Senses: Like all sharks, Nanaue is granted with acute senses, especially his sense of smell and hearing.
    • Amphibiousness: Nanaue can survive both underwater and on land as he possesses gills on his neck like an ordinary shark as well as lungs.
      • Underwater Breathing: Since he is a shark-like metahuman, Nanaue is able to breathe while underwater.
    • Berserker Fury: Blood can turn Nanaue into a berserk state and he will not stop until he eats or kills someone.

Abilities

  • Genius-level Intellect: ???
  • Skilled Reader: Nanaue is shown to be a good reader, seen when he was reading the classical theological text "Varieties of Religious Experience" by the philosopher William James, albeit upside down.
  • Master Swimmer: Nanaue is an extremely skilled swimmer like all sharks and can stay underwater for vast periods of time.
  • Sharp Teeth: Like all sharks, Nanaue has hundreds of razor-sharp teeth which are sharp and very strong enough to easily tear through flesh and bone, shown when he easily eats a man.

Quotes

Hand.
~ King Shark to Amanda Waller during the briefing.
I no friends.
~ King Shark to Ratcatcher.
I wear disguise.
~ King Shark to his teammates.
Bird.
~ King Shark seeing a bird.
Peacemaker.
~ King Shark showing Peacemaker the figurine he made.
That nom nom, though.
~ King Shark to Bloodsport and Ratcatcher after the battle.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The character was originally intended to appear in 2016s Suicide Squad, but its director, David Ayer, decided not to due to concerns that the CGI would be too expensive.
  • This is the second incarnation of King Shark to be featured in live-action, after the Arrowverse incarnation.
  • There were rumors that Michael Rooker was going to play the character, but Rooker would go on to portray Savant in the film.

See Also

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Deadshot | Harley Quinn | Rick Flag | Katana | El Diablo | Bloodsport | Rick Flag | Ratcatcher 2 | Polka Dot Man | King Shark | Peacemaker | Javelin | The Detachable Kid

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Shazam | King Shazam | Lady Shazam | Shazam Strong | Shazam Thunder | Shazam Lightning

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Harley Quinn | Cassandra Cain

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Huntress | Black Canary | Renee Montoya

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Sol Soria | Milton

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