And none of them is for it being the ‘closest to Marvel DC has gotten‘.
Let’s see, if you ask me about comics, I cannot chose between Marvel and DC, simply because I’ve only started getting truly into comics now, and all I’ve read so far was DC / Vertigo. Don’t ask me why, I guess Marvel didn’t get my attention for the time being, but until I open a Marvel comic book, it will be unfair to say I prefer DC comics. Now, for movies, it’s a different story… I’ve watched several Marvel movies, and I cannot say any of them had a great impact on me, even if I admit I do like some of their characters, such as Deadpool and Daredevil. This was way before I’ve become a DC fan so you can’t say I’m biased.
I guess it’s too much to ask to stop comparing Marvel and DC.
But if achieving Marvel style is considered for many the “next step”, the “ultimate goal” for DC, then you can see why am I concerned. Please, DC, just keep being DC.
Did Suicide Squad try too hard? Why should you watch it?
1 – An introduction that should please the mainstream audience
“Writer-director David Ayer (End of Watch) skillfully sets up the film, introducing each of the crazies with caffeinated comic-book energy.” – Entertainment Weekly
While I have to admit that the introduction looked a bit like some sort of live encyclopaedia, I liked it how they’ve managed to make it considerably short and sweet (considering the amount of characters and information), and straight to the point. I wasn’t bored at any point, and believe me, I get bored easily. These anti-heroes are in fact, ‘the worst heroes ever’. What do all of these particular characters have in common? The movie barely started, and I already can’t wait to see all of them together! Foreshadowing? Check. Pacing issues? Didn’t see any. Yes, it was quick, the way any exposition scene should be. A bit too much of info-dump? Maybe. Still, it worked. And it even kept me entertained. That’s all it matters.
2 – Easter Eggs that should please the fans
This movie has succeeded in achieving the perfect balance between being easily understandable by anyone, and still surprising the fans with Easter Eggs. Among the most obvious references (I am skipping the thousands of fan theories), we get to see Harley Quinn’s wooden mallet, the infamous jester suit, John Ostrander’s tribute, and Flash cameo. If you want to know more about this, websites like IGN have gone deeper into this subject.
3 – You’ll get attached to the bad guys
“But this crew is a riot, and their world is intriguing and even a little meaningful.” – Time Out
It was surprising that a movie of this kind had implemented a very characteristic human and dramatic side, instead of relying solely on mindless action and fun. Even more surprising that despite the short introduction, the amount of characters, and the fact that they are supposedly “evil”, it’s still very easy to connect to them. Further time is spent to flesh out characters like El Diablo and Deadshot.
4 – The Enchantress is not that senseless
Of course, in this Suicide Quad line-up, and in a movie full of bad guys*, there had to be a greater Evil. And there comes… the Enchantress (please read this in her tone of voice, otherwise you’ll spoil the fun). This version of Enchantress is… particular, and it’s responsible for the main conflict.
Now, how cheesy is this Enchantress? 6/10, 7/10? Okay, maybe 8/10. Guys, this movie is based on comics! Of course some stuff will look cheesy on screen. That’s where the CGI comes in, to make everything look a bit cooler and less cheesy. Since Suicide Squad wanted to be more “fun”, it is not going to be as cool as Batman v Superman (there, I said it), and it will be a bit cheesier, even sillier perhaps. That’s the purpose. You asked for it, you got it. Now, stop complaining.
5 – Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
“Margot Robbie isn’t quite allowed to completely steal this show — but she certainly borrows it from time to time.” – Empire
Do I need to say more? Margot Robbie aced it! She was born for this role. This doesn’t mean Harley Quinn was perfect. But that’s a story for another day. Watching Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is a good enough reason on its own to give Suicide Squad a try.
6 – It’s not perfect, but it’s fun
“‘Suicide Squad’ Lets Bad Guys Shine For Wickedly Good Fun.” – Forbes
No, this movie isn’t perfect. Yes, there are things I wasn’t particularly a fan of.
I didn’t like this version of the Joker – and I don’t think it’s Jared Letto’s fault. This Joker actually cares about Harley Quinn, and that’s saying a lot: The Joker actually cares. That’s not how I see the Joker. And the relationship between Mr J and Harley Quinn is actually quite reciprocal, who would say so? It was just a whole new and different approach to what we are used to. In The Joker’s defense, we can say that many of The Joker scenes were cut. Guess we will just be sitting here and wonder…
*The bad guys aren’t exactly bad guys, specially if you compare this movie version to some versions of the comics they appear on. There’s such emphasis on Deadshot’s personal drama, to the point he even makes Batman look like the bad guy!
The plot is basic, and the ending is as predictable as predictable can get…but then again, this is a Comic Book movie.
To me, this is Silver.