Suicide Squad Didn’t Suck – But It Was Close
Let’s be clear about one thing: Suicide Squad was better than Batman v. Superman. I know that’s no special achievement, but it matters. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. just doesn’t know what they’re doing with a comic universe. It’s surprising, because their animated work is good, and they have Marvel’s example. But this was just a failure. The writing was mediocre, the performances cliche (even for superheroes), and the casting was awful.
The best casting was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and she beats everyone by a long shot. Jared Leto’s Joker was the closest, but he wasn’t that close. She’s over the top, in the style of the animate series, but she manages to pull it off somehow. Viola Davis was pretty convincing as Amanda Waller. Enchantress wasn’t awful. That’s where the good ends. Will Smith could have been switching back and forth from Deadshot to Mike Lowry to Hancock to Jim West…you just can’t tell. He’s capable of playing two characters: Muhammad Ali, and Will Smith. They’re great characters, for sure. But this wasn’t the place. Should’ve got Michael Weatherly. Killer Croc was just a cliche banger, with cliche clothes and cliche lines. Not to mention that he should be about 8 feet tall, with the proportions of a heavyweight body builder. Instead he appears to be about 6’1″, 200. The rest aren’t worth mentioning.
They kept swinging for the perfect anti-hero balance, but even though they tripled Deadpool’s budget, they couldn’t find the mark. You can see where they tried to inject humor into their predictably self-satisfied narrative, and it was clearly forced. A couple of them worked, but they were – like so much else in the movie – predictable.
Maybe it wasn’t better than BvS. Because I walked out of that one hopeful about Wonder Woman and JLA. But I’m not even really interested anymore. And if Marvel ever drops Thunderbolts, the comparisons to SS will probably make Marvel a boatload of cash.