Sylvester Stallone has confirmed he will return to DC Studios to voice King Shark.
Speaking to ComicBook.com’s Chris Killian in a recent interview, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he will be returning to voice King Shark — the man-shark demigod he portrayed in The Suicide Squad — in some capacity again. The comment came after the actor was asked whether or not he would ever return to the character and work with James Gunn again. “Yes, for sure. I think James has been very generous … He and I are pretty tight. So if there’s an opportunity … I love him, he’s great.” Stallone said.
James Gunn has been announced to lead the next wave of DC movies as the co-chair and co-CEO of the newly formed DC Studios. Gunn and producer Peter Safran will jointly be in charge of the new production company, which replaced DC Films, the production company behind the current slate of films based on DC Comics properties. Gunn and Safran have signed a four-year, exclusive commitment to Warner Brothers Discovery as part of the deal.
James Gunn also recently held a meeting with co-CEO of DC Films Peter Safran and Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, where they discussed in length what the overarching plan for DC is now going to be. That said, we could finally be seeing DC pull itself out of the shadow of Marvel.
“The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be — that is the reason why I’m doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that,” said Gunn. “We spent the past couple days with a group of some of the best thinkers in the industry, the best writers in the industry starting to map out that eight- to-10-year plan of what it’s going to look like in theater, in TV, in animation, across the board for these characters.”
Sylvester Stallone, of course, is part of both DC and Marvel films, having played Ravagers leader Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — a role that he will be reprising for the forthcoming Vol. 3. Sylvester Stallone might have only had a few lines in The Suicide Squad, but King Shark instantly became a hit with audiences, in a similar fashion to Vin Diesel’s turn as Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, albeit far more violent.
Idris Elba, who played Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad, has also teased that he was working on something big for DC. Perhaps we could be seeing a Bloodsport series come out, in the same way in which Peacemaker also got his own series, which was been highly successful. Should Bloodsport get his own series, we might see Sylvester Stallone as King Shark team up with Bloodsport, as both had quite a great relationship in The Suicide Squad. Or perhaps James Gunn is planning a sequel film, which could reunite Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and King Shark along with a new slate of lower-tier DC villains.
Regardless of whether the appearance is on the big screen or the small, Sylvester Stallone’s return as King Shark will be sure to be met with enthusiasm from the fans, as the dim-witted fish-man quickly has become a fan favorite.