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John DiMaggio brings King Shark to life in Batman: Assault on Arkham

John DiMaggio has played several roles within the aquatic realm, including Aquaman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and in MAD: The Animated Series. He was also Jocktopus in Fish Hooks and Rico in Penguins of Madagascar, where the Penguins spend way more time out of water than most penguins. Now, he has been given the opportunity to give a personality and voice to King Shark, a somewhat obscure character from the DC Comics Universe.

John had never seen this character portrayed by another actor before, so his take on it is very fresh and genuine, based on character designs and descriptions from the writer, director and producers. And, after you see Batman: Assault on Arkham, you’ll notice that they took his voice characterization, and digitally took it a notch lower on the register, for full effect.


We won’t spoil the plot of the movie for you, but if you’ve seen the trailers, you know that King Shark is a member of Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. Many people might think that this is a one-dimensional character. In his portrayal of King Shark, John DiMaggio gets to show the character in his most evil state, all the way down the spectrum to his soft and sublime side. His relationship with Killer Frost, after an initial confrontation, is undoubtedly the strongest on the squad.

We think you’ll see that John DiMaggio’s King Shark brings monster action, deadly quickness and strength, a little comedy, and a certain combination of loyalty and a rebellious nature to the Suicide Squad.

Once again, ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell had the pleasure of interviewing the extremely talented John DiMaggio. John has talked with ToonBarn about characters such as Adventure Time’s Jake; Futurama’s Bender, Batman: The Brave an the Bold’s Aquaman, and the documentary he Executive Produced, titled, “I Know That Voice”. This time, we spoke about his role of King Shark from Warner Bros/DC’s latest movie, Batman:Assault on Arkham.

Batman: Assault on Arkham was released yesterday — Tuesday, August 12 — on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

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