Will Smith as Deadshot
Margot Robbey as Harley Quinn
Jared Leto as The Joker
Jay Hernandez as Diablo
Cara Delevingne as June Moon/ Enchantress
Karen Fukuhara as Katana
Film director David Ayer, known for his previous work of ‘Fury,’ presents his long awaited DC Comic-based action to the big screen with stars Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Viola Davis.
Suicide Squad is an action film with an all-star cast. Yet, the film’s execution of the DC Comic was puzzling for viewers. Few felt with a cast of supervillains you would know what to do with them. This film seems as if they didn’t.
With a grimy smart-ass feel, the film seemed to hold back on content a little bit due to its PG-13 rating. The film is viewed as a failure to mesh DC Comic characters together even with a big budget. The stars were interesting in the beginning but disengaged as the got closer to the end.
The film had high expectations due to its appealing cast. Trailers for the movie looked amusing with many thinking this would be a box office hit. Unfortunately, Suicide Squad missed the mark with reaction to the film similar to those who saw Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The film supposedly marked the director and writer Ayer’s separation from combat street realism. This film has a gritty grunge feel something like the night world of video games like Batman: Arkham. Ayer also tossed in a wild card of DC villains: the Joker. His character is often alluring and this aspect alone would encourage any comic to see the movie.
What went wrong
The overall result for this film is like witnessing a sports dream team’s failure. The talent didn’t match the efforts of the players. The highlight of the film comes in the beginning with the introduction or first act. It features Will Smith as the ultimate American sniper Deadshot. Some feel this was good compared to the sequel he didn’t do for Independence Day.
Harley Quinn is played by Margot Robbie who is Joker’s crazy girlfriend. This should be interesting. The pyromaniac Diablo is played by Jay Hernandez. This seems okay. The government hard-ass who brings the team together is played by Viola Davis. For her to get a part in a franchise of this nature seems promising. Some twists look to be delivered by the Joker, played by Jared Leto.
Other insignificant characters are joined along with the main cast including Katana, Slipknot, Boomerang, and Killer Croc. These characters are under the military leadership of Col. Rick Flag played by Joel Kinnaman. The early part of the film features the artsy snappy feel. The director may have been on to something if he was able to maintain the dark subversive animated style, similar to suggestions made centered around Harley Quinn.
The sensibility and the fact the director is a humanist at heart makes some of the material in the film hard to mix. The superhero aspects may benefit from this aspect somewhat while having a level of irreverence. In short, films such as Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy seemed more entertaining.
The aspect of putting together misfits, loners and outlaws have been put together better than this film tried to convey. Suicide Squad is full of girls being mixed with bad guys but there wasn’t much of a connection like the format of The Magnificent Seven and Seven Samurai. Viola’s character Amanda Waller suggests the bad-guy crew take evil that was described in vague detail. The idea was promising even if control of it was a little wild.
Evil aspects of the film were not defined clearly and it didn’t balance with power displayed for the opposition. There was a narrative line in the film that left people scratching their heads that included the archeologist played by Cara Delevingne, an ancient witch goddess with its heart captured by Waller with spiritual aspects, and the guy in charge of the criminal team Col. Flag. The film was considered to be a superhero action-piece in training, but this narrative seemed out of place.