The Suicide Squad’s polka-dot man is a fan-favorite in the film, but his fans might be shocked to see his abrupt end in the comics.
An important member of The suicide squad the colorful Polka dot man, is loved by fans of the film – and those fans would likely be furious about its very abrupt ending in the comics. Polka-Dot Man, played by actor David Dastmalchian, may be a standout character in the DCEU movie, but in the comics he’s a sad joke of a supervillain – even among other supervillains. Unfortunately, Polka-Dot Man would experience no redemption or even no happiness in his final adventure.
Abner Krill was just one of the many gimmick-based Batman villains of the Silver Age of Comics. Using a multicolored suit that contained a multitude of devices in each polka dot, he began a short-lived series of punctual crimes (Robin even pulled him out with a leopard) and was eventually defeated when Batman tossed a globe on his feet, causing he stumbles. Polka-Dot Man (then called Mister Polka-Dot) appeared only sporadically in the 1960s and 1970s before eventually turning to alcoholism; Aside from appearing in the background of a Batgirl panel (in a bar, no less), he never bothered Batman again.
Considered a failure by many, Krill’s greatest claim to fame was suing a corrupt Gotham City police officer who beat him so badly that he was hospitalized. Desperate for respect, Krill joined General Immortus’ army in Final Crisis Aftermath: Run along with other C-List villains like the Human Flame, the Sportsmaster, and the Condiment King. While every villain was equipped with Immortus’ advanced technology, it didn’t help much. When the Human Flame betrayed the rest of the group and used its firepower on the streets of Gotham, a manhole cover shot out of the ground and fell on the head of Polka-Dot Man, who instantly killed him. He received no eulogy and left no friends or family.
James Gunn pays tribute to that shameful ending in The Suicide Squad, though he adds a little more dignity to Polka-Dot Man in death. After Abner is really motivated by Bloodsport (“It’s your mum!”), He unleashes a flood of polka dots against Starro the conqueror and seriously injures the space starfish. When Polka-Dot Man exclaims triumphantly: “I’m a superhero!” While smiling for the first time in the film, Starro lifts a limb and brutally slams Abner. Of the main characters in Amanda Waller’s Task Force X, he is the last to die.
Polka-Dot Man was known as one of the lameest and most ridiculous characters in comics. In fact, James Gunn decided to use the character while searching for forgotten and ineffective C-list villains. But while the much maligned Abner received redemption and a strong bow of character before his death The suicide squad the same cannot be said Polka dot man in the comics.
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