‘The Suicide Squad’ King Shark Wasn’t Influenced by the ‘Harley Quinn’ Character

James Gunn brought a less-explored corner of DC Comics to life with the movie The Suicide Squad, introducing characters like King Shark. The blood-thirsty and yet somehow adorable demigod (real name Nanaue), delighted audiences. King Shark isn’t entirely new to modern audiences, though. He appears in the animated TV series Harley Quinn. But the two iterations are very different.

King Shark in ‘The Suicide Squad’

Starro and King Shark | Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics

King Shark is having a moment. The unusual, land-based shark is the son of an ancient shark god, making him a demigod. Currently, he can be seen in both The Suicide Squad and the animated series Harley Quinn. He’s also slated to star in a comic book series and a video game soon.