The Suicide Squad movie is a new DC Comics film that was released in August. It’s the latest installment in the long-running DC Extended Universe, which includes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman.
The condiment king is a term used to describe the person who was in charge of making sure that all of the condiments were provided for the production of James Gunn’s film, The Suicide Squad.
Condiment King failed miserably when it came to recruiting expendable DC Comics supervillains for Task Force X in The Suicide Squad. The “joke” Batman villain, who first appeared as one-off comic relief for Batman: The Animated Series, was never considered for inclusion in James Gunn’s standalone sequel to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, according to writer-director James Gunn. Instead of seasoned Batman rogues like Mr. Freeze or Man-Bat, Gunn chose the “dumbest DC character of all time,” Abner Krill (The Dark Knight’s David Dastmalchian), a.k.a. Polka-Dot Man, to fill the oddball slot in his revamped Squad.
“I believe I decided on Polka-Dot Man for that kind of weird character position fairly early on,” Gunn told Radio 1. “And then there’s Javelin, who is a complete waste of time. Man-Bat and Gunhawk were two options that came to mind.” When asked if Condiment King or other bizarre characters such as Crazy Quilt or Clock King were ever considered for The Suicide Squad, Gunn simply replied: “No, it’s not true. Nah.”
“Here’s the distinction. Polka-Dot Man was a genuinely nice guy. ‘This is a new Batman villain that we’re creating named Polka-Dot Man,’ said someone who was writing Polka-Dot Man.” In a 1962 issue of Detective Comics, Gunn explained the Silver Age crook created by Batman co-creator Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff. “He was made with sincerity. Condiment King is a joke, and he was created as such. ‘Oh, here’s a stupid character,’ for example. Condiment King is uninteresting to me.”
Polka-Dot Man is a metahuman who uses the painful multi-colored polka-dots that grow from his body as a weapon in The Suicide Squad, the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker’s first film in the DC Extended Universe.
“Polka-Dot Man,” Gunn explained, “is what he is in the movie: he went and got his suit made and he’s like, ‘I’m going to be a superhero named Polka-Dot Man!’” “That’s how he got started, thinking it was cool. ‘Polka-Dot Guy has yet to be discovered. ‘I’m going to be the guy.’ Then he goes out, and everyone says, ‘You look like a moron!’ It’s humiliating.’ Condiment King, on the other hand, isn’t going to do that.”
Gunn told Total Film about remaking Polka-Dot Man as a tragic figure in The Suicide Squad: “Polka-Dot Man was the dumbest DC character of all time, according to an online search. That sad, pathetic character has been transformed into a character who is depressed because people think he is stupid. He has a tragic backstory that you learn about throughout the film – it’s a lot of fun for me to be able to give depth to characters who are thought to be the silliest.”
In the video above, a salty Condiment King (‘s Chris Killian) confronts Gunn during a ketchup with the Suicide Squad director.
On August 6, The Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Sylvester Stallone, and Viola Davis, will be released in theaters and on HBO Max.