When it was reported a couple weeks back that John Cena was joining the cast of The Suicide Squad, it seemed likely that he'd be playing Polka-Dot Man, given that the wrestler-turned-actor has gotten pretty good at playing against type. But it looks like writer and director James Gunn might be leaning into those expectations, as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that character actor David Dastmalchian – and not Cena – will be filling those spotty shoes. Dastmalchian, who also stars in Marvel's Ant-Man films, joins a growing ensemble that includes Jai Courtney reprising his role as Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Idris Elba in an undisclosed role. (Elba was originally said to be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, but changes to the script cast him in a different role.) Other comic book characters reportedly appearing in the sequel to David Ayer's 2016 film are Ratcatcher (a female character who controls rats, duh), Peacemaker (who has a murderous obsession with making peace), and King Shark (no explanation needed).
As for Polka-Dot Man, he's more of an obscure DC villain. The spots on his suit can transform into various weapons and tools, which should make for some interesting (and occasionally comical) visuals. Dastmalchian is an excellent character actor, and though his roles are typically smaller (think Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049), he's always fascinating to watch. He'll certainly be an asset to Gunn's Squad. Now who's gonna play this big shark guy?