Like his “Guardians of the Galaxy” superhero movies for the MCU, writer-director James Gunn’s DC supervillain extravaganza “The Suicide Squad” features a huge ensemble bursting with talent. And while the cast includes several new actors to the Gunn experience — including stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, and John Cena — some of the players have worked with the filmmaker previously on his MCU or independent films.
There’s a reason that Gunn has employed a bevy of talent for “The Suicide Squad,” because many of the stars — no matter how noteworthy they are as actors — have any guarantee that their characters will survive the Black Ops suicide mission they’re sent on by Task Force X leader Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). In other words, everybody is expendable in Task Force X’s directive to take down the dictatorship in the Latin American island of Corto Maltese — where the military is fostering the deadly Project Starfish experiment — before unleashing it is unleashed upon the world.
The first recruit for Task Force X in “The Suicide Squad” is Savant, aka Brian Durlin, a blond-maned computer hacker and vigilante whose killer demeanor shows from the get-go that he is not one to be messed with. Savant is played by veteran actor Michael Rooker, whose prolific career in film and television includes more than 125 roles since 1986. Here’s why Savant in “The Suicide Squad” looks so familiar.