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Peter Capaldi Reflects on Being An “Evil Genius” (in DC’s The Suicide Squad)

Twelfth Doctor actor, Peter Capaldi has admitted “I’m an evil genius”… and while we always knew the “genius” part, this time, he’s referring to playing the Thinker, in DC’s The Suicide Squad.

You might’ve spotted Capaldi briefly in a couple of the film’s trailers, but sadly, he’s not got a great deal of screen-time so far — leading us to worry that his character gets killed off early on. Fortunately, Capaldi has said that he does get to spend some time with the other leads in the sort-of-sequel-sort-of-reboot. He said:

“Working with talking sharks and giant starfish? Once you’ve been Doctor Who, that’s just a day in the office. Although hopefully sometimes they’re gonna be more convincing.”

There, he’s referring to King Shark and seemingly the film’s main antagonist (apart from some Nazis), Starro.

Peter describes the Thinker as:

“I’m an evil genius. I’ve always wanted to play an evil genius. The Thinker is very smart, very manipulative and wicked, and also rather decadent.”

Director, James Gunn, is a Doctor Who fan, having previously cast Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) as Nebula in The Guardian of the Galaxy movies (a part which she’s subsequently taken again in the two most recent Avengers films, Infinity War and Endgame).

The Suicide Squad also stars Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Jai Courtney, and Alice Braga.

It’s released in cinemas in the UK on 30th July, in cinemas and HBO Max in the USA on 6th August 2021.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Peter Capaldi Reflects on Being An “Evil Genius” (in DC’s The Suicide Squad)

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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