7. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
In 2016, Killer Croc made his first ever live-action appearance as one of the main characters in the DC Extended Universe movie Suicide Squad. Though Croc isn’t a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, the DCEU called upon him to add another recognizable DC character to the mix (replacing King Shark, who would have required a lot of CGI). And he certainly made quite the impression.
The Batman villain looks drastically different to his comic book and animated portrayals (albeit with loose similarities to the Croc seen in Batman: The Animated Series). With a more human-like build, his body is covered in green and white scales. He also dresses differently, wearing more clothes than typical portrayals of the character, including a hooded sweater and black leather jacket.
There was something of a divisive response to Suicide Squad‘s Killer Croc (which is at least better than the negative response to the movie), but honestly Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje did a really great job with the limited material he was given. Croc had little time for the job he was doing and wasn’t much of a talker, which he portrayed remarkably well. And when they did have the occasional humor, he played it to perfection.
It’s a shame that Suicide Squad couldn’t fully realize Croc’s potential. With the right script, he could have been a great villain in a standalone Batman movie. Yes, the character was underutilized and overlooked at times, but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje delivered a great, enjoyable performance.