Suicide Squad (2016)

“You disobey me, you die. You try to escape, you die. You otherwise irritate or vex me, and guess what? You die.”“You disobey me, you die. You try to escape, you die. You otherwise irritate or vex me, and guess what? You die.”

“You disobey me, you die. You try to escape, you die. You otherwise irritate or vex me, and guess what? You die.”

We’ve been graced with the best of the best DC comics has to offer and now with the third film in this proclaimed “DCEU” the worst of the worst is boxed up and shipped out. These are the baddest villains DC has created and their used to save the world from impending doom? The contingency put in place is a micro bomb injected into the villain’s necks to keep them in line if they attempt to escape custody. Suicide Squad as a whole feels as if Warner and DC planted micro bombs in all of our necks because one sitting is all you’ll need to make an escape from this expanding universe. 

What happens if the next Superman kills the president? Those are the troubled thoughts of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).  Even Bruce Wayne shared those sentiments in a post credit scene leading up to this film. A team needs to be put in place but to have a team of villains sanctioned by the American Government before the Justice League is formed is downright puzzling. That is the single word that can describe the DCEU so far: puzzling. The comparisons are there in plain sight to what Marvel Studios and Disney has accomplished and what Warner and DC have not. 

We can all agree DC doesn’t have a plan nor do they have the faintest idea of how to set up a connected universe. Their first three attempts give the impression that DC is playing catch up and the styles are vastly different – Marvel offers a lighter tone and more comedic moments mixed with their dramatic storyline whereas DC is a darker tone with more seriousness embedded throughout the storylines. Suicide Squad is the beginning of a changing tide to the DCEU. There is far more humor injected into the story with the darker tone intact, but the humor doesn’t feel organic to the characters that have the humorous dialogue.

“Oh, that she is. The fire in my loins. The itch in my crotch. The one, the only, the infamous Harley Quinn!”

The humor feels forced to appeal to the younger lighthearted marvel crowd. There will always be that competition and the fandom has grown toxic over these two legendary comic book companies. Marvel is by any means just humor – there is a sense of gravity added to the Infinity Saga but it’s perfectly balanced thanks to the overall plan by the studio. The lack of a plan is evident in this Suicide Squad film. 

The team consists of Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Col Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). That is a solid lineup of villains some prominent Batman villains, but the issue lies in the sheer fact that two of these villains are featured prominently while the rest suffer mediocrity. Deadshot and Harley Quinn are the only two characters who are actually developed where we are able to share an emotional connection with. The title does imply that we shouldn’t get too close to these characters so we really cannot fault writer director David Ayer (Fury) for writing characters that we never wanted to care about.

Both Marvel and DC seem to have the same problem with their universes – awful villain choices. Some are actually great choices, but Suicide Squad is another example of a bad villain in a bad movie. There is zero motivation for why the villain is doing what they are nor is there any good explanation for it. Part of that problem lies again with a poor script that gives no substantial plot lines or story arcs. Given Ayer’s love for a particular sub-genre Its surprising that the focal points isn’t El Diablo and his story. It’s a tragic story that gets muddled over by stuff that is hard to care about. 

“You don’t kill as many people as I’ve killed and still sleep like a kitten if you feel shit like love.”

Suicide Squad gives another iteration of the most famous and most popular villain of all time, The Joker (Jared Leto). There’s method acting and then there is what Jared Leto did. He never broke character going full method like his predecessor the late Heath Ledger. This Joker does not work in the slightest. From the tattoos to his odd gangster-intimidation mentality, it’s a different joker then what we’ve gotten in the past. Part of that is necessary, characters shouldn’t stay stagnant throughout different iterations however the journey of how he gets to the final product is weird and unnecessary. 

Overall, Suicide Squad misses the mark entirely. The film as a whole feel forced and lazily thrown together with no real enthusiasm or purpose. Just like with Batman v Superman, the universe as a whole feels lost and mismanaged. There is two maybe three prominent characters that we grow to care and empathize with but that’s as much as this film gives us. If I were to rate Suicide Squad, I’d rate it a 2 out of 5.

So, tell me guys, have you seen Suicide Squad and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

Suicide Squad is written & directed by David Ayer is Rated PG-13 and has a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Suicide Squad was released on August 5, 2016 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 17 minutes. Suicide Squad can be streamed on HBO Max or purchased on Retailers such as iTunes, Google, & Vudu.

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