During an interview about Barber Shop: The Next Cut, Common revealed he’s playing a villain named Monster T in Suicide Squad. The character is in league with the Joker, which should make him a target for the Squad. But when you have a group of “heroes” composed of villains it’s a bit difficult to draw the line of loyalty.
Monster T is not a character in the DC comics, at least not by that name. ComicBook.com points out Common’s tattoos and piercings in the film might make him an iteration of the Tattooed Man.
Several iterations of the Tattooed Man have appeared in the comics including the current one, Mark Richards, a former U.S. Marine who sways between being on the side of good or evil. Each version of the character has the same power to bring his tattoos to life. The power is similar to the way Green Lantern can manifest tangible objects and creatures with his ring. The Tattooed Man has often been a main adversary for Green Lantern and has also tangled with the Justice League.
For a brief period in the late 2000s, Common very nearly played Green Lantern himself in the since abandoned Justice League: Mortal film. The movie had Mad Max visionary George Miller attached to direct and was set to include D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Superman, and Adam Brody as The Flash. The film was delayed by the writer’s strike in 2007 and ultimately dropped.
If Common is in fact playing the Tattooed Man, it would be a rich bit of irony. There’s even some talk that Suicide Squad could out perform Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice both at the box office and in the opinions of critics and fans. Whatever the case, it must feel good to be in a DC film after getting so close before.
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.
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