I confess that I’m not a big DC comics fan. There’s nothing wrong with Superman or Batman, it’s just that growing up, my comic books of choice were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – specifically the Archie Comics version – and anything to do with X-men starting around the time of Onslaught. However, I did watch the Batman and Superman cartoons in the 90s, and I’ve seen every Batman movie since Jack Nicholson played the Joker (Hubby is getting me caught up on the 60s TV show).
So as soon as I heard about Suicide Squad and saw that first trailer, I was in.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t see it opening day as Hubby was working. Nor could we see it opening weekend, or the week after that. Then finally, we had an opportunity, so we jumped at it.
Since it’s been out awhile, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the premise. Set after Batman Vs Superman, the government decides to put together a team of the worst of the worst. They will deploy them whenever the next big event happens, and if anything goes wrong, well, they’re bad guys, so the government can deny any involvement and blame it all on them.
Batman Vs Superman didn’t do so well (I thought it was okay. Not bad. Not good. Just okay) so people were more than a little apprehensive about Suicide Squad – especially since they had to go back and reshoot parts of it. I admit I was more than a little worried myself, but I was happy to be proven wrong.
Suicide Squad is fun. A LOT of fun.
Will Smith is perfect as Deadshot. His storyline to be a hero for his daughter really drives the film. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is just the right amount of crazy. And Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang is the right combination of eye candy and comic relief.
Enchantress is just stunning. They really out did themselves with the visual effects surrounding her. How she transforms is just so creepy and cool at the same time.
Her relationship with Rick Flagg is a big part of the movie. Killer Croc is just kinda there. El Diablo’s background is heartbreaking, but he redeems himself in the end. And Amanda Waller, the woman who puts the team together, is the biggest villain of them all.
I was disappointed that Slipknot was only in the movie for a few minutes. Also shocking was Jared Leto as Joker. I think that he was trying to hard to out do Heath Ledger’s Joker, and while he’s okay, he’s not the best. I did enjoy the smiling tattoo on his hand though, and his laugh was perfectly creepy. However, the thing is that the trailers and TV spots make Joker out to be the big bad. While he certainly has his own agenda going on, he’s not in the film very much. He’s more like an annoying mosquito in the background.
They did rewrite his relationship with Harley Quinn a little bit – which I’m not sure how I feel about. In the cartoon, she was his girlfriend, however he spent most of his time either ignoring her, yelling her, or abusing her. From what I’ve read, things weren’t a whole lot better in the comics.
In the movie, she does start off as his psychiatrist, and she does fall in love with him while trying to heal him. After helping him escape, he uses electro shock therapy on her – which she was fighting – then convinces her to jump into a vat of chemicals, and the next thing you know, they’re the King and Queen of the Gotham crime scene.
It’s a bit of a stretch.
What happened in between the electro shock and the chemicals to make her trust him again? Pictures of deleted scenes from the movie show her trying to shoot him at one point while she’s still wearing her psychiatrist get up. I’m hoping that maybe the extra features or the deleted scenes on the blu ray will expand on that, and how they get from point A to B, a little bit more.
From there any similarities between their relationship in the cartoon and their relationship in the movie ends. It seems like Joker genuinely cares about Harley and wants her back. In fact, that’s his whole plot line in the movie – trying to get her back. I was expecting a bit more.
Honestly, that is my only gripe. The only thing that didn’t make any sense. Everything else in the film was great. I cannot wait to watch it again, and I hope they get started on a sequel soon.