Now that The Suicide Squad trailer has dropped, fans everywhere are hoping to learn more about some of the new characters that were introduced. We’re here to help! I’m continuing my series of posts looking at each of the new characters in The Suicide Squad and in today’s post I’m going to investigate: who is Ratcatcher 2?
Who Is Ratcatcher 2 And What Are Her Powers?
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We’re assuming that Ratcatcher 2 is related to Ratcatcher (his daughter?), who was a Batman villain that appeared in 1988’s Detective Comics #585. Ratcatcher’s powers included his ability to communicate and train rats, so we can only deduce that Ratcatcher 2 has the same powers (if the trailer is any indication, this is an accurate assumption). The OG Ratcatcher had an in-depth knowledge of Gotham’s sewer system, wielded a gas gun, and could manipulate things with cyanide gas. As for Ratcatcher 2? We’ll have to see!
The Beginnings Of Ratcatcher
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As mentioned earlier, Ratcatcher (alias: Otis Flannegan) first made an appearance in Detective Comics #585 as an antagonist to Batman. He was created by by Alan Grant, John Wagner, and Norm Breyfogle. Flannegan was an actual rat catcher in Gotham City, but then fell into a life of crime after spending ten years in prison for stabbing a man to death in a street fight. When he was released, he kidnapped the four police officers responsible for his arrest and kept them in the Gotham City sewer system for five years. During this time, he developed his criminal alter-ego, Ratcatcher, and used his special rat communication abilities to send his furry friends out into the city to carry out his darker activities.
The Suicide Squad debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.