You know, I’ve never read—nor have I ever collected—the comic books from which this film is adapted. Criticisms of the movie may have to be given to the writers of the comic book rather than the writers of this production. However, to me, it’s up in the air and whomever the blame may lie upon, you can decide for yourselves. What I do know is that this film takes place within the constructs of the DC cinematic universe, not only of all the latest DC films but also the ones that will be coming into fruition soon.
With that said, I’d opted not to see this film when it was released in theaters this past summer. It had been on my personal watch list, albeit not that high up where I’d really felt the need to see it. I was hot-and-cold on the news of the production—I’d been excited to see Jared Leto’s own interpretation of The Joker, but the description of the story and what it entailed seemed a little lackluster. Sure, the trailer showed us that Ben Affleck’s Batman would be making some sort of cameo, but I figured it’d be a very small part of the whole story (and I was right…spoiler alert), but that wasn’t enough to convince me. Therefore, shortly after this film’s release, I’d made a conscious decision to wait for its distribution onto home media, forgetting about it until I’d seen its availability on Netflix a week ago.
Even as it appeared in my mailbox the other day, I had to push myself to pop it in the machine to finally see this film and decide on whether I’d liked it or not.
So…did I? Well…let me break down the synopsis of Suicide Squad first.
In charge of this group of desperados is Rick Flag, the military leader who keeps the villains in check with the threat of detonating the charges in their necks (which he demonstrates on one of the rogues who has the shortest screen time in superhero movie history).
Before seeing this movie, I’d hoped my intuition would’ve been wrong and that it was going to be better than I’d thought, but the film is just a rushed and thinly plotted story that didn’t make sense at times. For example, Amanda Waller’s reasoning to put this group together was to thwart an attack of an evil entity of Superman’s ilk. Meta-Humans like Enchantress made sense and so did Diablo, maybe even Killer Croc, but all the other rogues were just humans that wouldn’t stand a chance against something with Superman’s strength. And wasn’t it a weird coincidence that Waller was pushing for this RIGHT BEFORE the shit hit the fan? The biggest puzzlement of all—for me at least—was why Batman is nowhere to be seen when the shit goes down in this movie. After seeing the involvement of Batman during some of the backstories, you’d think he’d be available to help solve this problem that has put the city’s population in danger. But, no…I guess Batman’s on vacation.
So…may final “bit” on Suicide Squad???
I’m sure on paper this seemed like a good idea—good, not great. The acting throughout the production was nice and made it feel like it was a comic book come-to-life, especially from Smith, Robbie, and occasionally Courtney. The stylized way it was produced and directed gave us that feeling as well, but I think all the effort was put into how this film was going to look rather than getting a good story together. The plot was very thin and wasn’t a very good foundation to place this on top as it seemed like the studio was banking on a huge blockbuster. Suicide Squad had its moments, but they were few and far between. If you want to see Will Smith put on a cool costume and shoot guns or if you want to see Margot Robbie walk around in a skimpy outfit as she carried a baseball bat around or if you want to see a few cool special effects—both in CGI and practical—then you might like this movie. It definitely kept my interest, for I’d wanted to see how it was all going to end, but it left me cold and I’m a little torn on whether I would recommend this movie or not. I’ll leave you with this: if you want a mindless movie to sit back and eat some popcorn, maybe to keep on as background noise, this is the movie for you; if you want a really engaging film with an intriguing plot, I’d skip it.
Here’s my bonus “bit” to Warner Bros. and DC Comics…
Warner Bros. and DC: if you’re listening (or reading), you better do something about the quality of these films in your so-called Cinematic Universe. If Justice League doesn’t fair better, you’re going to have a mess on your hands…and from what I’ve seen of that released footage, it’s not looking too good. Suicide Squad reminds me of the announcement from Sony a while back, saying they were going to release a Sinister Six film—a film about Spider-Man’s villains grouping together for a standalone movie. They were smart enough not to do it, why weren’t you? It just seems you’re trying to keep up with—or even trying to overtake—what Marvel Studios has already accomplished. Forget them…take your time and do this right. The more crap you put out, the fewer people you’ll get in the theater seats when you release the following movies of this DC filmic world.
For the rest of you, thanks for reading!