On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it’s just another high-altitude version of the same.
A gleefully nihilistic, abysmally messy romp that delights in upending the genre’s conventions and tries desperately to, like, totally blow your mind with its outre freak show.
Who stole the soul of Suicide Squad? I’d say it’s Ayer’s willingness to go all limp-dick and compromise his hardcore action bona fides for a PG-13 crowdpleaser that would rather ingratiate than cut deep, or even cut at all.
What a waste of a perfectly twisted Suicide Squad.
It’s probably best to think of “Suicide Squad” as a primer, an entry into a side world of the DC Universe that may pay bigger benefits in later films.
Suicide Squad isn’t a typical next step in universe building but it’s all DC has going for it right now. Ayer’s movie will make a lot of money, but in the black hole of comic geekdom he won’t make many friends.
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It doesn’t necessarily fall to this film to define what a villain’s journey really means. But like its characters, it’s free to operate on its own terms, and it’d be a much stronger story if it took full advantage of that freedom.
Suicide Squad isn’t exactly the movie that audiences are hoping for, and not the bounce-back that the series needed after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.