I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that DC is trying to play catch up with Marvel. Marvel has been interweaving their stories since day one and while not all the movies they put out are stellar, they’ve put out a few great ones and their story telling only continues to get better. From what I’ve seen so far of the DC cinematic world, the same cannot be said.
Suicide Squad, on initial inspection, sounded like an interesting premise: gather together some of the comic world’s worst and let them do something good knowing that if it all goes wrong they’re the perfect scapegoats.
First of all, there are so. many. characters, and for some reason, we needed the backstory of each one. Actually, no, we didn’t. As a writer, I’ve learned that when introducing a group, you should find an interesting way to do it, so it sets them all up with their individual character traits and personalities, and doesn’t waste too much time. This did not happen in Suicide Squad.
I wish I would have timed it, but I felt the set up for all these characters was somewhere in the 45 mins range. Way too long. And a lot of their backgrounds could have easily been summed up in a line of dialogue. With stories of this genre, and with a lot of side characters, I don’t feel that full histories are necessary because we don’t need to emotionally connect with each person on screen. Besides, the movie is only two hours long.
Then there was the plot, or lack there of. What a convoluted mess. Honestly, I felt that the director was having so much fun showing off his cast and special effects that he forgot they were supposed to be doing something – the mission – which, again, was all over the place. With a comic book history that spans 75 years, there are a number of topics to choose from, and yet this is where they really fell flat.
The one redeeming thing in the whole movie: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Besides being absolutely gorgeous, her sweet-crazy performance was the highlight of the film, in addition to the very few interactions we got with Jared Leto’s Joker. Long time comic book fans are well aware of the twisted relationship they share, and considering the information of how much footage was shot of the two, I think most movie goers were surprised/disappointed with the less than 10 mins that actually appeared in the film.
This is probably because they were trying to make leads of all their characters, and now this is why so many fans are calling for a Harley/Joker film with these two actors reprising the roles. They were fun to watch.
Sadly, this film was an overall disappointment. It had its moments of comedy, but they were few and far between. Comic books are fun, and yes, they often deal with real world problems, but the characters that are coming to save the day wear tights and capes. Regardless of wanting these stories to feel “real” with a darker side, they should maintain their levity and fun.