When the first trailer for this was released the anticipation for this movie was at an high. Even more when Jared Leto was cast as Mr. J. It’s one of the lesser known comics (heck, i never even heard of it) but the premise was a good one. Take a bunch of bad guys do do your dirty work with the chance that you will die. What can go wrong with that? Well, everything as it turns out.
After the disaster that was BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the brass at WB didn’t take any chances with SS. SUICIDE SQUAD was designed to be a dark film with a R rating (something David Ayers is known for) however, WB brass was so nervous after BVS failure that they took no chances and sadly this shows throughout.
This whole movie is a mess from start to finish. The “origin” stories are rushed as is Batman .(Yes, it’s Ben Affleck and yes it’s a Cameo). It’s as if the writer couldn’t even bother for the people who are unfamiliar. There was more to the Harley Quinn origin that ended up on cutting room floor. Speaking of cameos, there’s a blink and you miss it one of FLASH (which for some reason is making an appearance and again, has nothing to do with the story).
Now, everyone was making a big deal about Leto’s Joker and how he would portray him. I have a question? Why is Joker even in this movie? What purpose does he serve? He gets 20 minutes of screen time if that. It was a waste of a character that had nothing to do with the story. Seriously, the majority of his scenes are with Harley and we don’t know what his motivation is.
Speaking of which, every one of these characters are under developed. Who’s Rick Flagg? Why was he assigned the Squad? What’s his backstory? Why should I care about him? Who is the Squad? Seriously, every single one of these characters are not very well developed. We know nothing about them and frankly, I didn’t care if they lived or died. Heck, even Will Smith was stiff here.
The script (or lack thereof) made no sense. The story was just all over the place. Even the villain (If you can call it that) was a mess not to mention cliched.This is the same type of villain we’ve seen in the past. You know the “humanity must be enslaved or destroyed because of what they’ve done.” But what exactly have they done to ENCHANTRESS? We are never told.. She(along with her brother) just wants revenge for something that happened thousands of years ago.
I really wanted to like this movie and I tried but there’s just way to many plot holes. This is a good example of “two many hands in the kitchen” where you take the director/writer’s vision and want changes because you are scared and that may have led to this mess. WB brass wanted reshoots to supposedly “inject more humor” (May or may not be true. No one’s saying) but man oh man this is one big mess. Story wise, it makes no sense. The villain (If you can call her that) is such a waste as is Katana (Who for some reason never bothered to learn English and again, a character who isn’t developed).
You know this movie is bad when as you are leaving you over hear this conversation: “This makes me NOT want to see JUSTICE LEAGUE.” ” Yes, well I can say the same for WONDER WOMAN.” And if this is how Justice League will turn out then WB has a serious problem. Someone from Marvel should give a class to them on how to make comic book movies because when you have two highly anticipated movies that bomb, there’s a serious problem.
In a way, I feel bad for David Ayer because what he wanted to make most likely got vetoed and this is what happens when executives care more about the money then making the fanboys happy. It’s also what caused both parties to fight and create bad blood between the two.
Watching Suicide Squad made me wanna join the squad just so I could commit suicide to escape this wretched mess. A mess I give a 3 out of 10.