After the not so well received installment of Batman v Superman this past spring, audiences were left nervous about the future of DC films coming down the pipeline. Their latest release, Suicide Squad, hit theaters today with a lot of nervous anticipation from fans, critics, and the studio.
For those who don’t know, the Suicide Squad or “Task Force X” is a group of Batman/DC villains, who are serving time in prison after having been captured by Batman or other meta-humans in the DC universe. The team is comprised of noted characters: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Diablo, Enchantress, Rick Flagg, Katana, Slipknot, and Captain Boomerang. They are assembled by Amanda Waller, the head of a secret government organization called ARGUS. The organization deals with meta-humans on the planet and putting together a covert military unit of these “meta humans” with the goal of stopping future attacks that the military isn’t prepared to deal with.
Suicide Squad takes place not long after the events of Batman v Superman. ARGUS, under the guidance of Amanda Waller, wants to put together a group that can prevent the type of warfare that Superman would have dealt with; but we are now in a world without Superman. In order to keep the villains in line and to prevent them from escaping, the government injects micro explosives into the necks of the members of the team. Should they get out of line, Rick Flagg can press a button and blow their head off.
When the Suicide Squad is called on, they are dispatched to extract a valuable package in the city to prevent the movie’s mysterious antagonist from completing their villainous objective.
There were some great high points in this movie. Right off the top, the soundtrack for this movie is excellent and every song matched the scenes really well. Will Smith is excellent as Deadshot; being both a serious bad-ass and also comic relief when the situation called for it. He fit really well in this movie and I certainly hope to see his character brought back again in the near future.
Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn. She was, as expected, the star of this movie. Her character seemed as if she was ripped directly from the Arkham games and thrown onto the screen. She was fun, psychotic, chaotic, and exciting. After this movie, you will be anticipating seeing more of Harley Quinn in her own solo movie, which reportedly is in development.
One of the big surprises in this movie was Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. He was a lot more entertaining and fun than I was expecting. Typically I haven’t really been of fan of Jai’s performances, but I really enjoyed what he did with the character and hope to see him in the future Flash movie; even if it’s just a cameo.
Outside of the members of the Suicide Squad, a lot of fans have eagerly been waiting for the debut of Jared Leto’s Joker. For the first time on the silver screen, the Joker appears more like a mob boss. He was a pure psychopath; both menacing and intimidating. Even with limited screen time, the Joker is one of the highlights of this movie. Jared Leto’s performance is a different take on Heath Ledger’s iconic joker, with the mob mentality of Jack Nicholson’s original character. It’s as though the original character was ripped right off the page and thrown onto the screen.
This movie really feels like a comic book movie. Many of the characters feel like they came straight out of the pages, which is why DC Comics fans will really enjoy this movie.
A lot of people have noticed in the previews that Batman is in the movie. While he makes an appearance, don’t get too excited because he only has a few seconds of actual screen time. However, Ben Affleck’s Batman, despite the limited screen time was a great part of the movie and brings a lot to his scene.
Overall, Suicide Squad is a fun ride that feels like it was taken off the page and brought to life. Take the time and go see it, as this film is probably not what you’re expecting. It has left a lot of kindling left on the ground,so to speak, which will spark the DC fires and get you geared up for the next wave of DC films; including Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Aquaman.