The history of DC Comics is rich and varied, having produced such classic superhero characters as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as their time-honored supervillain counterparts The Joker, Lex Luthor, and Ares. On top of that, these superheroes form alliances like the Justice League, whereas the supervillains are grouped together in such forces as The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X.
With the origins of many of the characters dating back decades, some of those supervillains — or antiheroes, as in the case of the new movie version of “The Suicide Squad” — are better known than others. However, as acclaimed actor David Dastmalchian discovered, his character, Polka-Dot Man, is barely on anybody’s radar. In fact, Polka-Dot Man was so obscure in DC lore that even Dastmalchian, who was a big comic book fan growing up in Kansas, didn’t even know who the character was before writer-director James Gunn asked the acclaimed actor to play him.
And while most actors in comic book-inspired films have a bevy of reference material to help inform their work, Dastmalchian discovered that there was surprisingly little on Polka-Dot Man, aka Abner Krill. It proved to be more of a blessing for the actor, though, since it allowed for Gunn to flesh out a new back story for the polka dot-slinging character, while Dastmalchian channeled some of his own personal pain to build up the antihero’s foundation.