The Suicide Squad trailer introduces the nickname Ratcatcher 2, and the throwaway line serves as a double homage to the Pixar film.
Suicide Squad from Warner Bros. It also introduces new characters, such as the Superman villains Bloodsport and Mongal, with the former filling the same thematic roles as the first Deadshot films. Other, more obscure villains also get the spotlight, most notably Ratcatcher 2.
Played by Daniela Melchior, Ratcatcher is the original version of the niche but classic DC villain. The scene at the end of the trailer introduces the nickname Ratcatcher, and the throwaway line serves as a double homage to the Disney movie. Here’s the story behind The Suicide Squad’s meanest member and how his literal pet name signifies this.
Who is Ratcatcher 2?
The Ratcatcher in the comics is a villain named Otis Flannegan, and as his name suggests, his modus operandi involves controlling and manipulating a rather annoying type of pest, the rat. Introduced in the Post-Crisis continuity, the character never finds much time in the limelight in either comics or other media. The character’s only real role in the animated series was in the recent Harley Quinn.
The version in The Suicide Squad is not Otis, but the unnamed female version. This woman is reported by some to be the daughter of the original Ratcatcher, which would explain her designation as “Ratcatcher 2.” This marker is also a nickname that is heard in the latest movie trailer. In the scene where Rick Flagg talks to Troops over a communication link, he refers to Ratcatcher 2 as “Ratatouille.” Likely a mocking reference to the nature of his powers, the moniker serves as Disney’s double reference to those abilities.
Why Ratatouille Is The Perfect Code Name For Ratcatcher 2
As mentioned, Ratcatcher’s skills and abilities involve the ability to communicate and control mice. The Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille, which is a play on words referring to the dish of the same name and the animal in the first syllable, also revolves around a mouse communicating with a human chef. As such, Flagg was able to pay a nonsensical homage to the film and its premise when he spoke to Ratcatcher and gave him this code name.
Aside from its mouse-controlling powers, Ratatouille also sounds like Ratcatcher 2 phonetically, which makes the numbering choice even more logical. It’s possible the joke could go further, with Ratcatcher even having a loyal pet rat that he cherishes. This can help develop and ground a character who, based on the trailer, seems to have a bigger and more emotional role than expected.
It could even be a reference to the fact that Gunn directed the Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary. In doing so, it’s also a subtle blow to the Marvel vs. DC, perhaps in the most unexpected way. If nothing else, The Suicide Squad’s Ratatouille connection/mousetrap is an unusually hilarious satire made for one of DC’s grungiest villains.
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