The Suicide Squad Sage: Who or what is Starro, the Suicide Squad’s gigantic starfish monster

One of the well-known enemies of the League of Justice is finally introducing himself

James Gunn’s Suicide Squadron has finally arrived at the cinemas, which Task Force X has to deal with Starro himself in the film.

With whom? Well, with Conquering Starro, of course. He first faced the super evil in the Columns of Comics, who is not, incidentally, one of the strongest mediums within the DC universe. If it might not be clear to you whether you are eating or drinking this Starro, don’t worry, we’ll help! We’ll take a look at the story of one of DC’s strangest creatures, and we’ll also try to answer the question of why he first appears in the Suicide Squad in a live-action version and how he’ll relate to the story. We take these points through:

  • Who the hell is Starro?
  • Where did Starro’s idea come from?
  • Starro’s abilities
  • Starro vs. Conquering Starro
  • From Starro to Jarro
  • Starro on TV and in games
  • How does Starro fit into the Suicide Squad concept?

Who the hell is Starro?

Some evildoers are exactly what they seem. Starro, for example, is a huge alien parasite that resembles a starfish. The evildoer, striking in so many DC stories, feels a never-ending urge to conquer worlds and push them into slavery. In addition to its huge size and mind-controlling ability, it can release millions of spores into the open, making its advance almost unstoppable. But we can breathe a sigh of relief as the League of Justice has always found a way to get our planet out of Starro’s grip. But we wouldn’t be too optimistic that the Suicide Squadron trumpeted by Amanda Waller would be similarly effective against her …

Where did Starr’s idea come from?

Starro made his debut in issue 28 of The Brave and the Bold, a 1960s comic, as well as perhaps a better-known League of Justice. While both current comics and DCEU films portray Darkseid as the League’s first true opponent, well over 60 years ago, this huge, mind-boggling starfish first brought together the legendary team that was then from Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash. It consisted of the Green Lantern and the Mars Hunter (Superman and Batman missed out on this party).

Three people contributed to Starro’s creation: comic book writer Gardner Fox, illustrator Mike Sekowsky, and publication editor Julius Schwartz. The latter revealed that the name “Conquering Starro” was inspired by Ray Cummings’ novel “Tarrano the Conqueror,” which is about an alien who, through anything and anything, tries to conquer the world with the help of carefully planned assassinations. Interestingly, Tarrano was depicted on the original book’s cover as one of the ancient enemies of the Green Lanterns, Sinestro, in the comics.

The_Brave_and_the_Bold_28 Starro introduces himself

The answer to why the creators chose a giant starfish should be sought among the fashionable giant monster films of the time, as the creators of DC was inspired quite a bit by Kajj cinemas such as, e.g. it was also Godzilla. Many comic book fans have also noticed that Starro is quite similar to the space creatures seen in the Japanese sci-fi, Warning from Space, presented in 1956, so this probably also had a big impact on the creators during the creative process.

Thanks to his non-sexual reproduction, Starro can circumvent death (like Growth), and once he grows back to full size, he can return to confront the forces defending the Earth. That’s why the character has become a recurring protagonist over the decades and has appeared in several Justice League comics, as well as, e.g. in Adventure Comics, Teen Titans and REBELS. Its background history unfolded step by step in the eyes of comic book fans, and more recently, it has even happened that it was a bit “heroic” rather than “conquering.”

Starro’s abilities

Starro’s strength and endurance are exactly as one would expect from a Quixu-sized starfish. In addition, it is capable of flying, energy manipulation and regeneration. As long as a small piece of his body survives the adventure, Starro grows back to its original size without a hitch.

However, its greatest strength is its ability to mediate. Starro can control the minds of others with telepathy, even strong superheroes like the Green Lantern. Starro also has the ability to create millions of tiny little Starro out of itself, which then stick to their victims and control their bodies as long as that connection is maintained. In fact, Starro is the perfect blend of giant monsters and xenomorphs from Alien movies.

Normally, Starro is hundreds of meters in size, smoothly reaching even the tallest skyscrapers so that it can wreak havoc in big cities. But it has also happened that it grew to the point that it swept across oceans, thus terraforming the planets selected for conquest.

Luckily for the heroes defending the Earth, Starro also has weak points … Let’s say these weak points were pretty squeaky in most cases, which are a bit like the writers invented them on the spot, like a stomach. For example, during his already mentioned first encounter with the League, one (otherwise completely useless) member of the team, Snapper Carr, saves the Earth by revealing that he became immune to Starro with his body covered in burnt lime. Starro gains a lot of energy by immersing himself in polluted water before Aquaman catches and spills the area with fresh ocean water in a later clash.

Starro vs. Conquering Starro

In DC, these two names have been used essentially synonymously over the years, but they recently turned out to be actually two different characters. In the 2009 REBELS comic by Tony Bedard, the real Conqueror Starro is not in the shape of a starfish at all but a human-shaped alien who has taken over all specimens of a parasitic species reminiscent of starfish.

According to the rethought history of origins, Starro’s rivals were inconspicuous, nomadic parasites who travelled through the galaxy hunting for civilizations that could be enslaved. Then these aliens suddenly come across their humans as they try to conquer the planet Hatore, inhabited by peaceful, spiritually interconnected beings. One such creature from Hatorei is called Cobi and is very angry that these parasites are trying to destroy his home planet and somehow manage to take control of the parasitic starfish clinging to his face. Using this Starro, he then takes control of its other rivals, becoming the Conquering Starro. So he is the real force behind the countless parasitic starfish.

This story was presented shortly before DC partially rebooted its comics with The New 52, ​​so it’s not entirely clear which of Starro’s origins in 2021 can be taken as a basis. Maybe now it’s just another giant, gluttonous star that can control the minds of others …

1226404-001 Conquering Starro

From Starro to Jarro

Recently, Starro has undergone many changes and has evolved from a classic evil status to an ally of the Justice League. The process began in 2018 with Justice League: No Justice, in which the greatest heroes and villains on Earth respond to the aftermath of what happened in Dark Nights: Metal. After staring mentally with the Mars Hunter for a while, he felt it was time for him to become a hero himself. He sacrifices himself, gaining enough time for the Coluan to escape the captivity of the Omega Titan.

However, this is not the end of Starro’s story. Batman rescues a small piece of the starfish’s fragmented body, placed in a mason jar (“jar” in English). The new name of Starro, which has been reborn in this way, will be “Jarro”, and yes, you feel it. It’s actually nothing more than the League of Justice’s response to baby Groot. He calls Jarro Batman his father and dreams that he will be the new Robin one day, but no one has the heart to tell the poor what the fate of the Robins used to be after a year or two …

Jarro as the new Robin... in his dreams. (Image Credit: DC) Jarro as Robin … In his dreams …

Starro on TV and in games

Because of its size and non-ordinary appearance, it is perhaps not so surprising that Starro’s live-action role is yet to come (though not for long, right). So far, we’ve only seen cameo appearances and references to it in series like The Green Archer, The Lightning, Smallville, or Powerless. At the same time, Starro has appeared quite a few times in DC animated films and series, and of course in his video games.

As for the TV appearances, Starro was first seen in 1967 in a part of The Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure. He later appeared in Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Young Justice. But his most serious role to date was in the second season of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, of which he was the protagonist.

Starro has been featured as a boss in DC products such as the Nintendo Wii version of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and DC Universe Online in gaming. In addition, he also cameos in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Knight. But there was only one game, Infinite Crisis, where players could control the character.


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