‘Suicide Squad’ – DC’s Second Missed Opportunity Within A Year

5.5 Overall Score
Storyline: 5/10
Characters: 6/10

Deadshot | Harley Quinn's Quirks | Some of the Backstory

Not All of the Squad Gets To Shine | The Joker As An Afterthought

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studios

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studios

Let’s take a trip back to July 2015, shall we? The initial Comic Con footage of Suicide Squad that was first aired in Hall H was released showing a shift in tone in DC movies. A movie full of villains? Not since Fox’s now defunct Sinister Six movie was this even a thought. Yet, we wanted it because sometimes, you want to root for the bad guys.

With the initial reactions to March’s Batman v. Superman , there was a bit of panic within the studio over critic and fan rejection of the movie’s overall tone. The two hour narrative of Suicide Squad as a whole is a missed opportunity that DC could have tapped into where the Avengers movies haven’t yet. There is a plethora of “A” list music from Queen, Eminem, Twenty One Pilots, but the movie does not quite reach it’s “cool” potential.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studios

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studios

The overall basis on how the Suicide Squad is based on the previous movie – which is a nice tie-in. There are several Easter eggs layered throughout the movie that acknowledge both Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice, however, one thing needs to be mentioned. Dawn of Justice spent most of the movie trying to figure out the Pandora’s box of Superman and his abilities (he’s on our side, guys). You can now discontinue the “what if” scenarios with the character given that he sacrificed himself in the previous movie and sacrificed the future of Krypton for Earth in Man of Steel. We can put the women and children to bed on that.

Watching the movies that encompass the whole DCU, there are some characters that stand out more than others. This is both a strength and weakness. Deadshot (Will Smith) has the most depth that you relate to and actually sympathize with. A pleasant surprise is El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), who is the quintessential redemptive character throughout the whole group. Partnered with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Suicide Squad fails to deliver a moment for all of it’s characters to be memorable in some way.

Given the buzz around the character, you would think we would have gotten a bigger dose of Jared Leto’s Joker character. The Joker in Suicide Squad is more background noise – or even a bookend to Quinn’s character. There is not enough time to get a sense of what The Joker is in this universe. There is an understanding of devotion (and dare I say, love) that both the Joker and Quinn share – an approach which is different that the hopelessly devoted and not often reciprocated relationship in the comic source.

There’s a little dissonance as to who you would think the villain is. Viola Davis’ portrayal of Amanda Waller is cold and calculating. You will come to despise her more than Dr. June Moone / Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) which is more of a The Fly-esque love story involving her and Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). A regular person becomes a monster and in turn, the person that loves them does everything they can to save said person. Alas, they may have to kill both in order to save the world.

Jokes are layered throughout that work sometimes and often not in other scenes. This can be attributed to the re-shoots. DC seems to be confused in what tone to choose in their recent movies. Suicide Squad would have benefited from a “R” rating uptick. If you took the despondency that was riddled in Dawn of Justice and the humor that was injected into Suicide Squad and switched a little into each – you could have had two decent movies. As the action scenes are often great, you receive another uneven DCU movie that has you more confused than satisfied.


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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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