While we’ve already seen the character appear in “Gotham” (shown above with Anthony Carrigan in the role), DC Comics supervillain Victor Zsasz is set to be one of the antagonists in Birds of Prey.
Chris Messina, pictured below in “Sharp Objects”, will play the sadistic serial killer who carves a tally mark onto himself for each of his victims, reveals Deadline. Zsasz will be working in cahoots with Ewan McGregor’s lead bad guy Black Mask.
Messina joins Margot Robbie who is reprising her role as Harley Quinn, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is playing Huntress while Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play Black Canary.
As the site notes, the character of Zsasz was first introduced in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 in June 1992 as part of Batman: The Last Arkham series. Zsasz’s origin story took place in 1996’s Batman Chronicles #3. He was the head of his own international company, a rich guy who is still rich from his family’s fortune. At 25, his parents die in a boating accident and plummets into a deep depression losing himself in gambling, and ultimately everything to the Penguin. He tries to commit suicide, but after killing a homeless man, he becomes addicted to killing and is known for slitting his victims’ throats and leaving them in lifelike poses, while adding a tally mark to himself each time. He’s routinely incarcerated in Arkham Asylum.
In addition today, Warner Bros. announced the rest of those cast in Birds of Prey, keeping their roles largely under wraps including Steven Williams (The Chi), Derek Wilson, Dana Lee (Dr. Ken), Francois Chau (The Expanse, The Tick), Matthew Willig (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Ali Wong and Robert Catrini.
Cathy Yun is directing Birds of Prey from Christina Hodson’s screenplay.
The DC movie opens on Feb. 7, 2020.