The DCU snowball has been pushed down hill after Batman V Superman last March. Under harsh criticism and mixed fan reviews (you can read mine here @ https://nobleopinionblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/batman-v-superman-dawn-justice/) BvS managed to keep the franchise afloat with decent but underwhelming box office numbers. It’s interesting to note that after BvS, Suicide Squad went into some last-minute reshoots. Some speculated that was to correct some issues that may have come to light after they heard the fans and seeing the numbers fall. However, David Ayer stated that this theatrical cut at the theater was his directorial cut, so we’ll have to take every rumors and speculations with a grain of salt.
Already as the weekend ends, Suicide Squad is breaking box office records, but I say that would be due to incredible marketing. Like BvS, this supervillain team-up garnered harsh criticism from professional critics, but from the fans, it’s coming out as a better film. Who trusts critics anyways right?
After reading most people initial response after the movie, the general consensus seems to be pretty positive, but still say that Suicide Squad could be better. And after seeing it myself, I would agree. Before dissecting SS, I’ll say that. I did like it, and had a pretty good time. This is definitely an improvement upon BvS, and I think that has to do with Geoff Johns heading over the DCU franchise. In case you don’t know the name, he is credited with writing some of the best stories for DC in their comics. I’ve read a few of them myself and love his style so I’m excited to see what DC will bring in the near future.
First off, what stands out the most from this movie is the characters. The cast is perfect. Each hero…err… villains were given with incredible depth from the actors that they made me want more. Margot Robbie killed it as Harley Quinn. You can feel the divide between her humanity and her chaotic carelessness which hinges on her devoted love to her even more psychotic boyfriend the Joker. I can already hear the scrutiny the next actress will come under as she carries the mantle. When I went to comic con yesterday, I kid you not, just the walk from my car at the parking garage to the convention center alone I counted at least 10 Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn.
Will Smith is outstanding as Deadshot. He brought back to memories as to why he once owned the summer blockbuster from the mid 90s to early 2000s.
Probably the character that most people are concerned about other than the big screen debut of Harley Quinn, is the Joker. Jared Leto has already established himself as a phenomenal actor, garnering a big oscar win for best supporting in Dallas Buyers Club. (A fantastic movie, btw). But to carry on what Heath Ledger did, and bring something different would be a feat in itself. In my opinion, Leto sold it. But comparing the two is like comparing bad apples and oranges. Both rotten fruits, but different. Ledger’s Joker is more on par with an anarchist, and Leto’s version is the lunatic birthed out of pure madness. Certainly looking forward to seeing more of Leto in future installments, most likely the upcoming solo Batman movie.
To be fair, every character/actor is worth mentioning but to list them and talk about them individually would keep me up for a few more hours. It’s worth noting that we are seeing b-level villains and characters given on-screen depth that makes me extremely interested to learn more and dive deeper into the DC mythology.
Now, where Suicide Squad struggles in is the narrative and the development of its key villain. At the beginning, the scenes feel very disjointed as we are introduced to each character and the purpose of the having a team of super-villains to perform some duty of good. And *warning spoilers*, the development of the key villain stems from a common former team member turned bad. “And here is this member, she’s part of the squad….oh never mind, she’s now the key villain”. But once the ball gets rolling and the action picks up, it’s very entertaining.
One of my big issue actually has nothing to do with the movie but with the marketing. They made it seem like the Joker is one of the key characters of the movie, and it turned out, he wasn’t. He was barely along for the ride except for a couple of key scenes and some Harley Quinn backstory scenes.
Small criticism aside, Suicide Squad is a very entertaining movie. Some may not like it with it having the moral ground being a bit grey. But, they are bad guys and they make it very clear their intentions to being baddies, some more than others. That’s my honest Noble opinion.
Featured image courtesy of Warner Brothers.