Suicide Squad is a competent action film. It doesn’t go overboard yet phenomenally perv like Fox’s Deadpool and that’s okay.
The multi-verse set-up in Batman V Superman was considered by most to be a little too brooding, though the new extended cut that shows off more of Darkseid’s minions in addition to further Motherbox footage showcases what should have been initially released in cinemas all along. Thus, Suicide Squad wisely shines a bright, less brooding light on the DC Cinematic Universe while letting all ages revel in the fresh breath of the sins of the father and mad love metaphors. More specifically, Will Smith’s portrayal of Deadshot is perfect as a father who can’t make ends meet for his young daughter. And Harley Quinn is constantly being tracked down by her psychotic “puddin'” in Jared Leto’s debut as Gotham’s clown prince of crime, The Joker.
By the way, just fuck everyone bad mouthing Leto’s role in the film. When his Joker asks Harley, “Will you live for me?” before stepping back to drool over her as she dives head first into the chemical vat that was used to create him, we witness not only Harley’s literal descent into chaos, but director David Ayers wisely lets Joker off the chain. All at once, Joker laughs and swan dives in after her which leads to a chemical soaked make-out fest. It’s absolutely nuts but, again, not too violent so as to force parents to scurry their kids out of the theater like they had to with Deadpool.
Furthermore, Joker and Batman and Flash and Superman’s funeral are all side notes here. This is perhaps one of the best and most underrated features of the Suicide Squad film. The Joker has never fit in well to Justice League or crossover titles aside from The Nail anyway. And why blow his wad all over the audience’s face when its not a Batman film? The bit scenes we do get of Gotham’s big bad are but the sampled frosting on the future cakes that are the confirmed independent Harley and Batman films on DC/WB’s horizon.
The same can be said about The Flash (Ezra Miller). When the scarlet speedster runs into a bank in Australia to take down Boomerang, the whole scene fills with blue lightning from the Speed Force. It’s all the jolt we need from the character and it also directs the audience’s vision towards how phenomenal it’ll be to see the founding members assemble as the Justice League for the first time.
Furthermore, contrary to what every other reviewer is writing, Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress is what steals the show early on rather than the ever and increasingly popular Harley Quinn. Enchantress’s unbound magical powers add a whole new dimension to the DC Cinematic Universe and the first time she transforms from her human form to her “goddess” form by whispering the name Enchantress filled the whole theater with awe. As she whispers the name, a black hand reaches out of nothingness and clutches her human hand to initiate the ritual. In addition, the scene illustrates how cool Darkseid and his evil New God’s otherworldly powers could be in the Justice League live-action debut.
Yes, back to Margot Robbie now. She’s actually a little too Harley, much like how Henry Cavill’s square, boy scout jaw and demeanor is exactly Superman from the comic book pages. Neither Margot nor Henry overact but they are both so naturally their characters that it’s incredibly easy to take them for granted. By the end though, this truly does turn out to be Quinn’s film.
Unfortunately, on the other hand, when the Enchantress releases her brother, Incubus, then her role goes to shit. For some reason David Ayers allows her to be encased in CGI while she dances, is voiced over, and ends up summoning a “machine” and what appear to be cast members who refused to take off their plastic monster costumes after Goranger finished filming in 1975.
Huh? What the fuck just happened!? Oh, it’s the new Hollywood crutch otherwise known as being overly dependent on CGI.
Seriously, these creature thingees are everywhere in fight scenes and nearly flatline the film. Once they horde, Katana is slicing heads off, Harley is bashing heads with a baseball bat, Croc is hurling them across city blocks, Boomerang is cutting their heads off with “razor” boomerangs- you get the idea. The only thing that resuscitates Suicide Squad is Deadshot running atop a police car and shooting every baddie in the head. His hitman prowess is much more pronounced and is essentially a metahuman ability wherein he can’t miss unless he wills it.
After the above described scene comes more of these baddie hordes. This time Harley kills them all and fans will notice the redundancy, which leads to the final CGI soaked battle with Enchantress and Incubus.
But stay seated! The after credits scene shows off Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller negotiating. She ends up handing over documents to Bruce. He eagerly thumbs through them and a photo of Aquaman and Nightwing are shown. He then tells Amanda to shut it down lest he and his friends have to.
So there you have it. Suicide Squad is a good extension and expansion for this Universe. It’s accessible, almost CGI’s itself to death, but the story makes much more coherent sense for the uninitiated, unlike the much too edited Batman V Superman. Overall, it’s nowhere near as good as The Dark Knight or 1981’s Swamp Thing; however, it is superior to its 2014 animated counterpart Assault On Arkham and it’s a much more family friendly option than Deadpool or Civil War.