The government brings together a group of imprisoned supervillains
to perform black ops missions in exchange for a shortened sentence.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Written and Directed by David Ayer
Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis,
Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach,
Scott Eastwood, Ike Barinholtz, David Harbour
Based on characters from DC Comics
Oscar Wins - Best Makeup
Suicide Squad is a film that's going to divide comic book fans and film fans harder than ever before. Much like Batman v Superman, it's a film that should've been a surefire hit, but won't be for reasons that were easily avoidable. It wastes a talented cast and some of DC Comics's most iconic supervillains, delivering a CGI-heavy lukewarm popcorn movie that's going to go down as one of the year's biggest disappointments and DC's third strike against the fans. It shouldn't be difficult to make a film that boasts the return of the Joker after eight years and the introduction into the DCEU of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, and Killer Croc.
The film is surprisingly well cast, with Will Smith killing it as Deadshot and Margot Robbie knocking it out of the park as Harley. Viola Davis was a terrific Amanda Waller as well. Jai Courtney impressed me with his performance as Captain Boomerang, though he was criminally underused. I don't have an opinion over whether or not Jared Leto was a good Joker, as he's barely in the movie. I enjoyed the scenes he was in but he should've been the main villain instead of just shoehorned in because they have to. The real villain, the obscure Enchantress, was one of the worst characters since 2015's Doctor Doom. Cara Delevingne is a terrible actress. Why the producers felt the need to make her the main villain when the Joker is sitting right over there is beyond me. The rest of the squad barely gets any character development and there's very little reason to care about them, especially Killer Croc and Katana. El Diablo has a cool backstory, but leaves us with more questions than answers.
There is no reason this film should've been as disappointing as it was. If DC Comics wants fans to keep buying tickets to their movies, then they need to start trying to make good ones. More Batman and Joker interaction, less CGI witch, and less Will Smith hogging the spotlight. That's all it would've taken. I don't blame David Ayer for this one. This has the stink of producer interference all over it. With three misfires in a row, the future of the DCEU now rests with 2017's Wonder Woman, which admittedly looks really good. Then again, that's what I said about Suicide Squad back in March, so take it with a grain of salt.