Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Screen Time: 123 Mins
Release Date: August 5, 2016 (USA)
Director and Writer: David Ayer
A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos. – IMDb
This is a story about how Amanda Waller needs a group of expendables to do her dirty work, how she obtains them, and how forces them to work for her. In the movie, there are several stories taking place that were easy to follow. We (kind of) learn how Harley and The Joker came to be, as well as Deadshot, but the remaining characters, not so much. Waller explains as soon as the movie begins as to why she needs this group of antiheros to protect them, which is valid; who is going to protect them from a metahuman that isn’t on their side? We also learn how ruthless she truly is. It is up to Rick Flag, who reluctantly, leads this group to protect the world from this godly villain.
I had a few issues with the fact that, these are characters who only care about themselves, not each other; who have spent years working alone and doing business as they please. I would have liked seeing them clash first than becoming best friends once the mission began, like in some Marvel movies, because that would have been more realistic, again, I’m fully aware this is a DC comics movie.
Another issue I had was how this movie centered around two characters, instead of them all. If you’re going to show some backstory with two characters, you should do so with the rest, US FANS WANT TO KNOW! On the contrary, I enjoyed seeing the humanity in these characters and what they were fighting for.
I wasn’t happy with the villain because I felt like that was too much for the squad to handle on a first mission. To defeat a god, you need to be a god, but that’s just me.
I felt like the casting was fair: At the end of the movie, I still saw Will Smith as Will Smith, but he did have some GREAT shooting scenes and I wish he wore the mask more often! He needs his own film to dive deeper into his story. Margot Robbie was great but some, no, many or her scenes were unnecessary for the story. Again, this is another character who should have had her own movie to explain thoroughly what happened with her. Jay Hernandez did great as Diablo, but why the Mexican accent? Was that absolutely necessary? Sorry, part of me get offended because we ALL don’t have that accent. Ugh. Jai Courtney as Boomerang was perfect! Definitely one of my favorite characters and I wanted to see more of him! Joel Kinnaman was great as Rick Flag because his mission was compromised from the start and he still tried his best to lead this corrupted team. I think he did great. I really enjoyed Jared Leto as the Joker! I think he did excellent! I’m still not over Ledger as the Joker, but he did REALLY good! Oh yea, and Scott Eastword is just some dude. Nothing fancy. Killer Croc was awesome! I wish he spoke more, and then when he did, I understood why he didn’t. Ha! However, the few lines he had, were excellent!
The soundtrack to this movie is ON POINT! I found myself jamming out in the theater and forgetting about this film, in a good way? I didn’t feel like there was too much “dead time” but again, I reiterate that some scenes were pointless and could have done away with. This leads me to the editing; there were a few times where it did feel choppy, but not as choppy as BvS. Many of the fighting scenes had good lighting, so you were aware of who was knocking out who, except for ONE scene.
One thing I really liked about this movie was how each character was introduced because of the comic-book feel it had to it. The cameos from the bat and speedster were cool too.
There is a lot of humor in this film that felt very organic; you can tell this cast had loads of fun working together and creating this movie. Overall, I enjoyed this film! I would watch this again. It’s a fun film with fun characters who do dumb things, and it’s great! It’s Suicide Squad and I would have liked it to be Rated R, but hey, I’m happy with this PG-13 version! Good job!
I rate it a 3.5 because it was a fun movie, the characters were awesome, there was a bit of choppiness, some lines were difficult to understand, but it was a million times better than BvS and it had a decent plot.
2016 San Diego Comic Con – Suicide Squad Panel
The majority of the cast and crew got the tattoo “SKWAD” in honor of this film. The tattoos were even applied by some of the cast members, Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag but dropped out to do The Revenant (2015). Hardy had previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), who was a former member of the Suicide Squad in the comic books. Hardy later expressed his regret at leaving the role, given he did not want to lose the work.
To try and find the perfect Joker laugh, Jared Leto publicly tried different laughs in New York City and Toronto to see which ones made people the most uncomfortable.
To prepare for his role as Deadshot, Will Smith shaved his head and spent time training with Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, practicing firing a Glock 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The actor turned out to be a quick learner, particularly with long distance shots using the AR-15.
Jared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he wouldn’t break out of character on set even when he wasn’t filming. He even sent his fellow cast members “Joker-like” presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie and bullets to Will Smith, a soiled Playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and a dead hog, anal beads and used condoms for the whole crew. Scott Eastwood, commented that Leto frightened him at times with his behavior, and Smith mentioned that he actually never met the real Leto.
It has been suggested that because of the dark and tormenting nature of this film, an on-set therapist was hired to keep the cast grounded.
Cara Delevingne auditioned for the role of Enchantress by reading for Martha fromEdward Albee‘s play “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” She was asked to read the part in several different ways, in order to reflect June Moore’s split personality. By the end of the audition, she was ready to beat people up: “David Ayer sparked a fury in me, you got to come get me out of jail because I was so furious!”
It took the makeup team five hours for the prosthetic make-up to be applied toAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, with the makeup applied to his head and shoulders while the rest was body paint.
Each of the Squad wears an item that references their comic book history:
-George Harkness has on a blue shirt with “Captain” on it, in a homage Captain Boomerang’s blue uniform (it’s also got a design of little boomerangs on it).
-Killer Croc wears clothes made out of crocodile skin.
-June Moon/Enchantress has on a moon-styled headpiece to keep her powers in control (in the comics it was a necklace).
-Chato Santana has a sweatshirt reading “Diablo”, his superhero title.
-Katana’s outfit echoes her “New 52” uniform (a black suit) and her classic suits (which had Japanese rising suns as her symbol).
-Harley Quinn’s color scheme is red and blue, inspired by her appearance in the “New 52” DC comics where she is a member of the Squad.
Enchantress’ appearance in this film is meant to lead into Justice League Dark (2016). In the comics, she has a role in the ensemble.
Alright everyone! Hope you enjoyed this review! Until next time!