Polka-Dot Man
The Polka-Dot Man
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #300 (February 1962)
Created byBill Finger (writer)
Sheldon Moldoff (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoAbner Krill
Team affiliationsSuicide Squad
Notable aliasesMister Polka-Dot
AbilitiesCan turn the polka-dots covering his costume into a variety of devices

The Polka-Dot Man (Abner Krill) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, primarily as a minor enemy of Batman, belonging to the collective of adversaries that make up Batman's rogues gallery.

The Polka-Dot Man will make his cinematic debut in James Gunn's DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad in 2021, portrayed by David Dastmalchian.

Publication history

The Polka-Dot Man first appeared in Detective Comics #300 (February 1962), created by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff.[1]

Fictional character biography

Becoming the Polka-Dot Man

Shortly after Batman began appearing in Gotham City, his growing renown inspired an entire generation of costumed rogues who committed largely harmless crimes to attract his attention in the hopes of matching wits with the legendary vigilante. Among these was a local crook named Abner Krill,[2] who decided, for reasons unknown, to launch a crime wave based on spots and dots in Gotham City, where he inevitably came into conflict with Batman and Robin. As Mister Polka-Dot, he wore a costume covered in spots (which, being different sizes and colours were not actual polka dots); once removed from the costume, the spots could be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating deadly weapons and a bizarre escape vehicle. He succeeded in capturing Robin, but Batman defeated him.[3]

Return to villainy

Years later, Krill (now calling himself the Polka-Dot Man) was driven to crime once more when he found himself unemployed, penniless, and desperate to pay his bills. No longer able to afford his original electronically gimmicked costume, he instead resorted to using a baseball bat in a poorly thought-out attempt to rob a jewelry store, which resulted in him assaulting Officer Foley of the Gotham City Police Department, causing minor injuries. He was then beaten badly by Detective Harvey Bullock, who was sick of costumed villains in the city. The assault put the Polka-Dot Man in traction and he filed a brutality suit against the police department, which resulted in Bullock being forced to see a psychiatrist.[4]

Following his recovery, Krill became a committed alcoholic who spent more time drinking himself into a stupor in sleazy bars than troubling Batman.[5] The fact that Robin had tracked him down with a leopard became something of a running joke among other villains.[6] As Nightwing, Dick Grayson encountered the Polka-Dot Man a second time when he trashed My Alibi, a bar known for underworld regulars who vouched for each other's whereabouts when they were off committing crimes. Nightwing pitched Krill through a window display and into the street, where he was picked up by the police.[7]

Death

Later, Mister Polka-Dot (having resumed his original alias) reappeared with a new look, joining a group of villains working for General Immortus. Immortus, with the help of Professor Milo, upgraded the villains' powers and gadgets. As a follower of General Immortus, Mister Polka-Dot has presumably been operated upon by Professor Milo to internalize his technology.[8] The group was undone when they were betrayed by the Human Flame. Most were killed in the brutal battle, including Mister Polka-Dot. His head was crushed after a manhole cover landed on it.[9]

Powers and abilities

When he created his costume, Abner Krill possessed advanced technology in the form of the costume's polka dots, which were controlled through the costume's belt. When attached to his costume, they were inert, but once removed, they would enlarge in size and become various different devices which could aid in his crime sprees, most notably a flying saucer which he used as a getaway vehicle.[3]

Gimmicked dots used by the Polka-Dot Man included:

Other versions

Injustice 2

The Polka-Dot Man appears in the prequel comic to Injustice 2. Following the events of the first game, he is shown as a member of this universe's Suicide Squad.[10] However, after a mysterious villain (actually Jason Todd disguised as Batman) appears and takes control of the Squad, he kills the Polka-Dot Man using the bomb implanted in his neck, considering him useless.[11]

Batman '66

The Polka-Dot Man makes a cameo appearance in the final issue of the Batman '66 comic series, set in the universe of the 1966 Batman TV series.[12]

In other media

Television

The Polka-Dot Man makes minor appearances in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series episodes "Legends of the Dark Mite!" and "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!".

Film

Video games

Miscellaneous

The Polka-Dot Man also appeared in The All-New Batman: Brave & the Bold tie-in comic, where Bat-Mite summoned him and the Eraser to fight Batman and Batgirl.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 261. ISBN 9780345501066.
  2. ^ Batman: The Widening Gyre #4 (February 2010)
  3. ^ a b Detective Comics #300 (Feb. 1962)
  4. ^ Batman: GCPD #1
  5. ^ Batgirl: Year One #5 (June 2003)
  6. ^ Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #3 (September 2009)
  7. ^ Nightwing #104 (April 2005)
  8. ^ Final Crisis Aftermath: Run #2 (August 2009)
  9. ^ Final Crisis Aftermath: Run #4 (October 2009)
  10. ^ Injustice 2 #1
  11. ^ Injustice 2 #3
  12. ^ Batman '66 #30
  13. ^ Goldberg, Matt (April 29, 2019). "'The Suicide Squad' Casts David Dastmalchian as Outlandish Villain". Collider. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Couch, Aaron; Kit, Borys (April 29, 2019). "James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' Casts 'Ant-Man' Actor David Dastmalchian (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 7, 2019). "'Suicide Squad 2' Exclusive: Meet the New Characters James Gunn Will Introduce in Sequel". Collider. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "SDCC'18: LEGO DC SUPER VILLAINS Cast and Devs Dish on Funever Evil - The Beat". Comicsbeat.com. July 21, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  17. ^ Miller, Greg [@GameOverGreggy] (October 12, 2018). "Hey, I'm in @LEGODCGame, and it's out next week. Who am? Well..." (Tweet). Retrieved May 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #16