DCEU Retrospective: Suicide Squad
Why? Why am I doing this to myself? Why couldn’t I just have left well-enough alone with the MCU and left this hurricane of mediocrity and sadness that is the DCEU alone? Because of this masochism I had to re-watch Suicide Squad and now I have to write about this god-awful movie.
Let’s get the literal only positive out of the way first: Viola Davis was a great casting for Amanda Waller, Will Smith was a decent Deadshot, and Margot Robbie was a great Harley Quinn. And that concludes our section of positive moments.
Let’s start with the green-haired elephant in the room. Why was The Joker included in this movie? He literally added nothing to the overall plot. He could have been completely cut from the movie (which he basically was) and not a damn thing would have changed story-wise. I could forgive it if the acting was good though. But Jared Leto completely over-acted the part making it just a laughable, uncomfortable mess (and not a good uncomfortable like Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal in Joker). Leto still insists that almost all of his scenes got cut and that if a director’s version of the movie were released it would paint a bigger picture. But I don’t want a director’s edition. Please leave this movie in the trash where it belongs.
The plot itself was just pretty dumb too. I’ll admit that the entire plan just being a ruse to get the team to save Waller from the middle of the disaster is something that Waller would actually do, but it doesn’t make it any less dumb.
Katana is an interesting character in the DC comic world but her inclusion in this shit-show was a disgrace to the character. I hope that when they eventually bring her back into a movie (which they absolutely should) that they treat her with the respect that she deserves.
I also love/hate the fact that Ezra Miller’s Flash (more on that debacle in the Justice League write-up) has a cameo in this movie and says literally one line. That one line was exactly 1000 times better than the entirety of what we got in Justice League.
I’m done. I don’t want to think about this movie anymore.