There are a lot of members of the new Suicide Squad, many of whom are even more unusual than you’d expect from the team. One new members is Ratcatcher II (Daniela Melchior), who, true to her name, possesses the ability to control rats. While you might expect some amount of CGI rodents in the film, Gunn actually utilized a few real-life trained rats for “The Suicide Squad.” And, as it happens, one of those rats is named something “Guardians of the Galaxy” fans might find familiar.
“We had a lot of rats that we worked with. A couple dozen, I guess. But we had two primary rats. One was named Jaws and one was named Crisp Ratt,” Gunn revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “They were our two main rats, and they were sweethearts, and they played [Ratcatcher’s main rat friend] Sebastian for most of the movie. Crisp could do some things and Jaws could do some other things. Jaws was the more mellow one. Whenever you needed a rat to just sit on Daniela’s shoulder, or to be held by her, or whatever, that’s almost always Jaws. And when you needed a more crazy rat that was drinking water or running across the room, that would be Crisp Ratt.”
If you were wondering if Gunn made Chris Pratt aware of his namesake, he did — but supposedly only because the rats appear by name in the end credits of “The Suicide Squad.”
“I had to text Chris the other day to be like, ‘We’re putting the credits together and one of our rats is named Crisp Ratt,'” Gunn told EW. “‘This, of course, is meant as a compliment to you. But I just want to make sure that you’re cool with that, that I put this rat’s name in the credits.'” Fortunately, according to Gunn, Pratt “thought it was hilarious.”
“The Suicide Squad” hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6.