I’ll admit it, I’m a huge comic book nerd. I watch all the movies, all the shows, and I know way more history and miscellaneous facts than most grown men would be willing to admit. But I have no shame in my game and I’m front and center for all new releases. Now I’m more of a Marvel fanboy than a DC one, but I think competition is a good thing for all parties. So I was right there for Man of Steeland Batman v Superman, and while they had their moments, they never quite hit me like the first time I saw Iron Man and if they were going to build their own cinematic universe they would have to step their game way up.
“It looked like their version of Guardians of the Galaxy; a lighthearted, energetic film revolving around a group of anti-heros (in this case, villains) stepping in to save the day. Finally a DC movie that looked fun.”
In steps Suicide Squad, the first DC trailer that finally had me genuinely excited to see what’s in store. It looked like their version of Guardians of the Galaxy; a lighthearted, energetic film revolving around a group of anti-heros (in this case, villains) stepping in to save the day. Finally a DC movie that looked fun. Unfortunately, that’s where the fun stopped; with the trailer.
Suicide Squad had so many interesting things going for it; a strong cast, interesting characters, and a concept that breaks free from the by the numbers super hero flick formula. Despite all of this, DC still managed to take all of these parts and spit out yet another boring, heartless adaptation. The plot was as generic as you could think it would be with every “twist” being telegraphed from a mile away. The action, while decent, boiled down to the Squad having to clear an area of literally faceless mobs of bad guys and moving on to the next. Rinse and repeat for another half dozen times. For all of these special abilities and skills the Squad was supposed to possess, it all came down to shooting or beating up something. Yawn. The whole movie felt like Will Smith (Deadshot) and friends, Joker might as well have not been in it, and the main villain was just terrible. To top everything off, they would throw in popular music every now and then to convince everyone that they were having fun (they were not, the guy next to me actually fell asleep half way through).
“To top everything off, they would throw in popular music every now and then to convince everyone that they were having fun”
Not all was bad in Suicide Squad though (just most). Some of the casting was perfect. Will Smith was his usual charming self as Deadshot, Margot Robbie owned Harley Quinn, Viola Davis was pretty much born to play Amanda Waller, and Jay Hernandez pulled off a pretty good Diablo. The wardrobe was also some of the best in a comic book movie, they all looked the part. That’s about all I could say positive about the movie however; I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed by a movie. If only they could’ve lived up to the hype they created for themselves with the trailers. This has me worried for the future of DC films.
* SPOILERS *
Fuck this movie. DC took what could’ve been their version of Guardians of the Galaxy and took a shit all over it. First of all, for all the hype from the promos of seeing a new Joker he was only in the movie for about 10 minutes total. And from what I saw I’m not liking this new direction at all. He was nothing more than a semi-crazy mobster with green hair. Now, maybe there was more to Leto’s performance but we’ll never know, because like I said, 10 minutes.
Slipknot being killed off like he did (head blown up after about 5 minutes of screen time) was hilarious though, because let’s face it, that character sucks.
Enchantress, the main villain, who started out as a puppet but turned the tables (didn’t see that coming), was just terrible. Terrible motiviations and just terrible acting. Sooo her whole plan was to create a machine that’ll turn people into faceless zombies and destroy the world’s militaries so she can rule the world? I can see why they thought this was a good idea because it sounds a lot better when I’m writing it, but trust me it sucked, and so did her brother who we learned zero about.
I’m all for the suspension of belief in these kinds of movies but this movie just bugged the hell out of me. The whole reason this Suicide Squad was put together was because they A) have special powers and skills to fight all of these new crazy threats B) are expendable C) can be sent into hostile areas too risky to send soldiers and D) are scapegoats in case plans don’t go as planned. So logically what do you do? Send them in with a squadron of soldiers. Sigh. They also say in the movie don’t waste bullets on the faceless mobs because shooting them doesn’t work. So logically, what would the Suicide Squad do? Start shooting them and immediately dropping them like the turtles from Mario. A whole squad of highly trained Navy SEALs can’t even drop one of those things, but a 90 pound girl with a bat and a guy that throws fucking boomerangs single-handedly take down groups at a time.
Fuck this movie very much.
Have you seen Suicide Squad? What’d you think about it? Did it live up to the hype of the trailers? Are you happy with the path DC is headed down? Let us know in the comments below and leave your rating for the movie.
Suicide Squad had so much promise and potential. It could've been the fun, lighthearted movie that DC despeartely needed. But instead turned out to be a dumpster fire of a movie. What happened to those great initial trailers?