Suicide Squad’s Project Starfish and villain Starro, explained.

For watchful eye comics fans, trailers for The Suicide Team have had the atrocious writing on the wall for a long time now. There have actually been peeks of opponent soldiers sporting odd coverings on their faces, and a giant, tentacle-like foot squashing a vehicle. Oh, and a complete peek of a “kaiju” bad guy on a monitor-screen in the background.

And with today’s brand-new trailer, Amanda Waller made the Suicide Team’s objective clear: Damage whatever associating with a strange “Project Starfish.”

That can just imply one DC Comics bad guy: Starro the Conqueror.

Who is Starro the Conqueror?

Green Lantern, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, and the Flash battle Starro, a giant starfish with a central eye on the cover of The Brave and the Bold #28 (1960).

Image: Mike Sekowsky, Murphy Anderson, Jack Adler/DC Comics

To be blunt: Starro is a huge psychic starfish from area who can shoot lasers from his arms. He was the very first bad guy that the Justice League of America ever combated, method back in 1960’s The Brave and the Strong #28.

At that time, DC Comics remained in the procedure of upgrading a great deal of its lesser-known characters for a brand-new generation of children — nowadays, we’d certainly call it “rebooting.” The Justice League itself was just an atomic-era reimagining of DC’s WWII very group, the Justice Society. The group’s instant appeal persuaded competing upstart comics publisher Timely Comics to attempt their own superteam, The Great 4, starting the Marvel transformation.

So, yes, the Avengers had Loki, and the Justice League had a huge psychic starfish from area.

What is Job Starfish?

A troubled man sits in front of a computer monitor displaying satellite footage of Starro in The Suicide Squad (2021).

Yep. That’s certainly Starro.
Image: Warner Bros. Photos

Job Starfish is most likely a unique building and construction to The Suicide Team, composed and directed by James Gunn. However if we needed to take a guess, it may have something to do with an effort to weaponize Starro’s creepiest superpower.

What are Starro’s powers?

As a giant space starfish, or Star Conqueror, Starro can fly unaided through vast interstellar distances, fire lasers from the tips of his arms, absorb energy (even that of a point blank nuclear bomb), regenerate limbs, and, in some comics, change his size to grow bigger or smaller for convenience.

Image: Brian Bolland, Anthony Tollin/DC Comics

But later versions of Starro have really brought his psychic powers to the fore, making him as much of a cosmic horror sort of foe as he is a big starfish that can laser you to death. Starro can generate tiny duplicates with which he shares a psychic link, and once those duplicates have made contact with another sentient being, they assume total control of their mind.

Starro spores can hide under clothing as they pilot their hosts and pretend nothing is wrong, but when the jig is up and hiding is no longer a priority, you get the classic creepy Starro iconography: Dozens of superheroes with a starfish plastered across their heads, its central and unblinking eye staring with an alien hatred.

It’s unclear exactly how Starro’s mind control abilities may be used in The Suicide Squad, but it’s safe to say there’s a lot of potential there, beyond the threat of a kaiju-sized malevolent starfish.

What’s Starro like in DC’s current comics?

Jarro, who is a small blue starfish from space with a pink border and one central eye, shares an embrace with Batman, in Justice League #29, DC Comics (2019).

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

I’m so glad you asked. Right now Starro is presumed dead, but the Justice League managed to rescue a small polyp of him; an infant clone of Starro. They keep him in a container, and called him Jarro.

He believes Batman is his papa.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.