- Action, Superhero
- David Ayer
- Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
- Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne
- Times Media Films
Aside from Darth Zady Bun, I’m probably the biggest Batman fan here at Geek Node and I must say that the idea of a MCU-like DC Movie Universe has thrilled me since it was initially conceptualised. I’ll be the first to admit though that it has fumbled quite a bit as it launched from the gate, but despite its flaws it is finding its footing.
An example of the latter is 2016’s Suicide Squad, which, although highly anticipated, was met with a lukewarm reception. Some of the comics and animated movie (and even tv series) favourites were brought to live for the big screen in a larger than life way. From Harley Quinn (and the Joker) to a somewhat different Deadshoot. All the more well-known and some lesser known Suicide Squad members were there.
What’s it about?
As previously mentioned, Suicide Squad is the now officially third entry into the DC Cinematic Universe which ultimately introduces us to a much larger extent of said universe. We are introduced to the team members of Argus’ Task Force X, made up of the worst of the worst. The criminals from the underbelly of the DC Universe. Part of Amanda Waller’s team of misfits are Harley Quinn, Enchantress, Rick Flag Jr., Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and Slipknot. The premise of the Suicide Squad is simplified as, the team are forced to do Argus’ bidding or the micro-bomb inserted into their heads will explode. Their mission? To avert a meta-human attack on Midway city.
What I Thought About It
It’s different. Not at all what I thought it would be. I mean I went into it knowing that the director and everyone else involved in the project are aspiring to build a much larger universe, but it wasn’t at all what I expected. I looked forward to it when I initially went to go and see it in the cinema and there was enough in the way of action and banter to make it even closely akin to the MCU equivalents, but I think its just a little too late. Making two DCU movies as dark and sombre and then all of a sudden a light-hearted romp is not the way you engage fans. My biggest fear at this stage of the DCU is that they go straight back to the dark and sombre mood set in BvS and Man of Steel, ignoring the progress they made with Suicide Squad completely.
On the movie itself, the acting by some of the cast was fantastic. Harley Quinn and El Diablo stole the show for me whereas I was left scratching my head with casting choices such as Will Smith as Deadshot. Look, I’m a huge Will Smith fan, and I loved him in previous roles such as the ones he had in Independence Day, Men in Black and others, but he just didn’t work for me as Deadshot. Viola Davis, on the other hand killed it as Amanda Waller, leader of Argus. I don’t think they could have cast the role any better. Newcomer to acting, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress also felt quite apt for the role and jumping between Dr. June Moon and the various incarnations of the witch was a very talented foray into the world of acting for her.
- Gag Reel
What Other People Thought About It
To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose. – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
Robbie] is by far the top attraction in Suicide Squad, an otherwise tragically ill-conceived juggernaut from the people who make Superman and Batman. – Camilla Long, Sunday Times (UK)