Joel Kinnaman Wants To Return To The DCU As An Unrecognizable Nasty Villain With A Big Costume

Joel Kinnaman Wants To Return To The DCU As An Unrecognizable Nasty Villain With A Big Costume Joel Kinnaman Wants To Return To The DCU As An Unrecognizable Nasty Villain With A Big Costume

Joel Kinnaman previously played Rick Flag Jr. in the DCEU but the Swedish actor is open to playing a different role in James Gunn's DCU.

By MarkJulian - Dec 03, 2023 02:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Suicide Squad

While on his press tour to promote Silent Night, Joel Kinnaman briefly touched on his role as Rick Flag Jr. in the DCEU's two Suicide Squad films and if he would be game for reprising the role in James Gunn's DCU.

Kinnaman revealed to Deadline that he would definitely be open to returning but not as Flag.

"If I were to ever do something, I think I would have to come back playing some sort of nasty villain in a big costume of some sort. You know, something that would not make people associate with Flag."

Joel Kinnaman was one of the leads in 2016 Suicide Squad from David Ayer and had a supporting role in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad (2021).

His character was killed off in the latter, as John Cena's Peacemaker was under orders from Amanda Waller to keep the U.S. government's role in bringing Starro to Earth under wraps, by any means necessary. Once Flag learned that the U.S. was funding research on human test subjects, he wanted to release the information to the media but was killed by Peacemaker.

However, Rick Flagg Sr. will be appearing in Creature Commandos, played by Frank Grillo and the DCU isn't exactly closing the door on the DCEU.

With the DCU acting as a soft reboot of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and some actors reprising their roles as the same character, there's always the chance that some characters could be resurrected, such as Flag Jr.  However, based on Kinnaman's comments, it doesn't look as if that will be the case.

Looking onward towards new opportunities for Kinnaman to portray a character in the DCU, who do you think would be a fitting role for the Swedish actor? 

Keeping in line with his wish to portray a nasty villain in a costume, Superman: Legacy would provide plenty of options to choose including Mongul, Brainiac, Parasite and Metallo. 

Batman also has his fair share of creepy baddies such as Solomon Grundy, Clayface and Killer Croc. There's also a Swamp Thing movie on the horizon and Kinnaman would actually be a solid choice for Anton Arcane of the Floronic Man. 

On the TV side, there are also a ton of opportunities for Kinnaman with Waller, Lanterns, Paradise Lost, and Booster Gold series all in various stages of development.

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BLEECH - 12/3/2023, 2:16 PM
Joel Kinnaman as DrTraagger in Gunn DCU
lazlodaytona - 12/3/2023, 3:36 PM
@BLEECH - Nuclear Man! Kidding

Manchester Black or Parasite. Maybe Hank Henshaw.
Origame - 12/3/2023, 2:18 PM
FYI, silent night was pretty good. Just keep in mind the title is literal, and there's no spoken dialogue.
tylerzero - 12/3/2023, 2:26 PM
@Origame -

I did not know that.
bobevanz - 12/3/2023, 2:42 PM
@Origame - as a huge John Woo fan I didn't like it. There was way too little action for the amount of dialog lol, the last hour was basically a training montage. Idk give me another movie with Chow Yun Fat lol
ModHaterSLADE - 12/3/2023, 2:19 PM
I want Bautista as Mongul, but I can easily see Kinnaman as Metallo, I mean he already played one part machine character with Robocop.
TheVisionary25 - 12/3/2023, 2:25 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - I could see it!!.
lazlodaytona - 12/3/2023, 3:38 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - Both excellent choices.
HashTagSwagg - 12/3/2023, 2:21 PM
harryba11zack - 12/3/2023, 2:24 PM
A young Damian Wayne.
HistoryofMatt - 12/3/2023, 2:30 PM
Prometheus would be perfect.

The guy who took down the entire Justice League.
TheVisionary25 - 12/3/2023, 2:35 PM
I liked him as Flagg in TSS (definitely much moreso then in the first one) so it sucked to see him killed off in that but yeah , I wouldn’t mind him coming back for a new role in the DCU though that depends on how the continuity will work in the universe…

Anyway , I think he could work as Captain Cold.

HammerLegFoot - 12/3/2023, 2:40 PM
DocSpock - 12/3/2023, 2:46 PM

Don't be so narrow people.

He should be brought in as a black transgender left-handed Star Sapphire in the GLC show.

BlackIceJoe - 12/3/2023, 3:15 PM
@DocSpock - You're being too closed minded, it should be a black, albino, quadriplegic, dwarf, blind, transgendered, mute.
lazlodaytona - 12/3/2023, 3:39 PM
@BlackIceJoe - Dang. I feel bad for that guy.
DocSpock - 12/3/2023, 3:42 PM
@BlackIceJoe -

i stand corrected. I feel so ashamed.

Deadinside - 12/4/2023, 9:33 AM
@BlackIceJoe -
@DocSpock -
You both forgot hermaphrodite...!☮😉
DocSpock - 12/4/2023, 10:49 AM
@Deadinside -

is it too late to make him a cannibal too?
Deadinside - 12/4/2023, 11:10 AM
@DocSpock - That's when you cast Armie Hammer...!☮😁
DocSpock - 12/4/2023, 11:57 AM
@Deadinside -

well done!
dracula - 12/3/2023, 3:03 PM


Blergh - 12/3/2023, 3:04 PM
"Suicide Squad vs. The Suicide Squad"

As Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is put on trial for her inhumane use of the Suicide Squad she launches her ultimate ploy: the Angel protocol. Together with her daughter and loyalists she's extracted by fiercly loyal members of her Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Deathstroke, Killer Croc, Calendar Man, TDK, Killer Frost) and makes off with plans of a weapon built from Kryptonian tech to Markovia.
Derek Tolliver tasks a group of former Suicide Squad members (Harley, June, Katana, Bloodsport, Ratcatcher) to return the plans and take out Amanda Waller. With hopes their personal vendetta against Waller ends in her being killed.
The team infiltrates Waller's massive auction for the plans in Markovia with multiple villains in attendance. Among them The Joker (Jared Leto in a cameo), Lex Luthor (as Waller's main buyer), Doctor Poison (depicted as an older woman now), Dr. Shin and Black Manta (if he survives Aquaman 2).
The auction acts as an easter-egg fest with tons of villains there.
It turns out to be a ruse however as Waller is attempting to go out with a bang and take all other villains with her in a massive explosion.
The team manages to rescue as many civilians as possible and witnesses Waller's final move. This ends various open DCEU plot threats (it's unclear wether Luthor, Joker or others survive).
Tasmaniac - 12/3/2023, 3:10 PM
“Sorry Joel, but we’re looking for more of a Joel Kinnaman type.”
elgaz - 12/3/2023, 3:23 PM
I’ve never actually seen either Suicide Squad but Kinnaman is fantastic in the tv show For All Mankind
Repian - 12/3/2023, 4:13 PM
He could be a sadist Victor Zsasz.

knomad - 12/4/2023, 12:14 AM
Probably Bane. Everyone wants to be Bane

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