Let me start off by saying that I still have not seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of justice. I know that a lot of you are gathering your pitchforks, ready to run me out of town on that statement alone, but hear me out. BvS did not interest me in the slightest, Suicide Squad on the other hand peaked my interest quite a bit. I'm a big fan of the NEW 52 relaunch title Suicide Squad, and who doesn't like Harley Quinn? That coupled with excellent marketing and an all-star director and cast, I was really ready to give this DC cinematic universe a try. Needless to say Suicide Squad is not amazing, but it's not unbearably awful either.
After the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the government asked themselves a question. "What would we do if someone like Superman was not on our side? How would we stop them?" The answer? Create a special task force of super powered criminals to do the dirty work and blame them for any mishaps along the way,
The plot is simple enough, but the main problem for Suicide Squad is that it strays away from that initial plot with forced editing and rushed pacing.
Instantly you can see director David Ayer's finger prints all over this film. His dark colors and brooding
atmosphere helped sell the members of the Suicide Squad as being violent criminals and killers. I did see a few instances where DC/WB's influence was forced. Mainly on questionable editing, and pacing.
By far the best and strongest aspect of Suicide Squad are the characters. In my opinion, there are 3 characters that stand out. Will Smith's Deadshot, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and Viola Davis's Amanda Waller. I was extremely worried about Smith in this role by what I saw in the trailers. I grew up with the guy on my television, so I wanted him to prove me wrong and he sure did that. I've learned my lesson, never question Will Smith again... unless he does another film with M. Night Shyamalan. Margot Robbie is excellent as Harley Quinn. She really is like a cartoon brought to life.
Sadly the villain of the film falls flat. The Enchantress starts out well enough, but the more she's on screen the more you see she's really not that intimidating at all. The Joker on the other hand nails that intimidating factor even with his limited time on the screen. Every time he showed up I wanted to know more about him. He better be in the Batfleck movie!
I enjoyed Suicide Squad a lot, There were some questionable editing choices and the villain was as forgettable as a MARVEL bad guy, but with great performances, an awesome soundtrack and great fight scenes, Suicide Squad gets a final score of...