Suicide Squad comes in where we left off in Batman vs. Superman. With Superman now gone, the government must find a new way to protect the world from future metahuman threats. We are introduced to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who has the plan to bring together a group of the most dangerous villains to fight these threats. She assigns Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) to command this group of villains. Viola Davis’ character at times truly ends up being more ruthless than the villains in the movie and sometimes leaves you wondering who is the true villain in the film.
The movie does a great job at introducing our group of villains and providing a bit of a backstory for some. The villains consist of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). They are called on their first mission to stop the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), a 6,000 year old witch, from building a weapon to take over the world.
Out of the villains, Deadshot and Harley Quinn steal the show. Will Smith actually brings his Bad Boys self to this character. He is funny at the right moments and man his character can shoot. Margot Robbie is another delight on screen and truly brings a sense of hope to the film. Her character is crazy and she goes for it on screen.
I know what villain you really want to hear about, the Joker (Jared Leto). Jared Leto’s Joker is not only visually appealing but plays homage to the more traditional Joker we are used to seeing in the comics. Unfortunately, there was no real substance or relevance to this character being in the film outside of his love interest Harley Quinn. I really wanted more of his character in this film but this character merely ended up being an afterthought considering everything else that was going on.
There was just not enough of a story to keep my attention. This film felt like tiny stories all thrown together at once with no real character or plot development. By the time you truly understand the purpose of the villain’s existence in the film you are already in the final act which is visually appealing but rushed at the end.
To be honest I don’t understand how you can really make a movie about the villains with the PG-13 rating. With the success of Deadpool and its rating I truly thought DC would take note and really go there with this movie. DC Comics needed Suicide Squad to redeem them from the overly dramatic and empty Batman vs Superman. Unfortunately, this movie did not succeed and makes me wonder what does this mean for upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films. I personally would not recommend you spend the money to see this film in theaters. I would say WAIT and rent it at the Redbox.
Suicide Squad hits select theatres on August 5th. You can purchase tickets on the Fandango website. Have you seen Suicide Squad? Share your thoughts of the movie below.