A new piece of The Suicide Squad fan art mashes Starro the Conqueror with Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Best known for his work on Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, James Gunn’s first foray into the DC Extended Universe centers on another team of misfits, The Suicide Squad. As the standalone follow-up to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016), Gunn’s film brings back Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag. However, Task Force X’s roster has expanded with the likes of Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Ratcatcher 2, and Polka-Dot Man.
When WB/DC hired Gunn to helm a property of his choosing, the writer/director recognized the potential of John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. Diving deep into DC’s rogues’ gallery, The Suicide Squad brings some of the most obscure villains to the big screen—from Weasel to T.D.K, if only for a moment. Despite the film being a box office disappointment, droves of critics and fans have enjoyed it on HBO Max. This is thanks in part to its climactic battle and a Kaiju starfish, Starro the Conqueror.
Artist Scadarts recently shared some art imagining Starro floating among the stars. To clarify, the piece mashes Starro’s mind-controlling spores with (extremely) influential painter Vincent van Gogh’s most recognized piece of art, “Starry Night.” Check it out below:
The Suicide Squad’s plot revolves around Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending Task Force X to the island of Corto Maltese to destroy all evidence of Project Starfish. The primary subject of Project Starfish is Starro, a gigantic extraterrestrial being imprisoned in a facility called Jotunheim after being discovered floating near Earth by American astronauts during the Cold War. In the film’s climax, Task Force X sets off an explosion, freeing the giant Starro from containment, which then releases hundreds of spores and rampages across the city. Being that the American government wishes to cover up their involvement, Waller tells Task Force X to leave Corto Maltese instead of intervening. However, the “villains” decide to fight off Starro and save the city.
The Suicide Squad is able to defeat Starro thanks to Polka-Dot Man seeing his mother everywhere, Ratcatcher 2’s utilization of rats, and Harley Quinn using Javelin’s weapon to break into its eye. Starro’s last words to Task Force X are, “I was happy…floating…staring at the stars.” It’s an unexpectedly poignant moment in the film that makes the viewer contemplate the nature of circumstance and labels like “supervillain.” The destruction Starro causes is ultimately a byproduct of the “good” guys locking the being away. At the end of the day, what keeps us going is hope. Whether that means staring at the stars or going on a suicide mission for the promise of a reduced prison sentence.