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- "Supervillains. Sad souls in costumes. Wanting you to think they're all dark and deep. What's it like living life as a punchline? But all it would take would be one blessed act of rebellion for you to restore your dignity in its entirety."
- ―The Thinker to Task Force X[src]
Gaius Grieves is a hyperintelligent metahuman supervillain with telepathic and telekinetic abilities known as the Thinker. Once an experiment of Jotunheim, he was used as one of the top scientists of Corto Maltese dictator General Presidente Luna to help develop Project Starfish. Later, he was captured by Task Force X and forced to join them in their fight against Luna and his project. Fuelled by self-preservation, Grieves led Task Force X to Jotunheim, where they accidentally released Starro the Conqueror, who killed Grieves for imprisoning him.
Gaius Grieves was a Scottish metahuman granted telepathic abilities and an impressive level of intelligence by the Nazi laboratory Jotunheim, located in Corto Maltese, which he later became the chief scientist of. He assisted Maltese dictator Silvio Luna in developing the powerful Project Starfish. In 2021, he was captured by the invading United States black-ops group Task Force X, who forced him to help them in their mission to destroy Jotunheim and Project Starfish.
The Thinker appears to be sly and manipulative, self-preserving and intelligent. He attempted to play to the weaknesses of Task Force X, and was reluctant to join them as he values his life and doesn't want to die, hinting that every action he takes is for his own gain.
Powers and abilities
- Superhuman intelligence: The Thinker is extremely intelligent, much more than any ordinary human. He is also master tactician and extremely knowledgeable.
- Higher-brain function: The antennae and wires coming out of the Thinker's head allow him higher brain function and powerful abilities.
- Mind control: The Thinker is able to read and control others' minds with his own.
- Telekinesis: The Thinker can move objects with his mind and antennae.
- Electricity manipulation: The Thinker appears to have some control over electricity.
- Electric blast: The Thinker is able to fire blasts of electricity.
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Behind the scenes
- In DC Comics, there have been several characters to take up the mantle of the Thinker over the years. Along with the unnamed Thinker of the current DC continuity the DCEU version appears to be based on, the most notable versions are Clifford DeVoe, Cliff Carmichael, Desmond Connor, and the Thinker A.I.
- The Thinker in the DC Extended Universe is the second live-action incarnation of the character, following the Arrowverse incarnation portrayed by Neil Sandilands in the CW's Flash TV series.
- He is also the first onscreen incarnation to not be based on the Clifford DeVoe version of the character.
- Dean Grimes was a stunt double for Peter Capaldi in the role of the Thinker.