Suicide Squad Disappoints Fans and Critics Alike

DC Comics recently started releasing movies with a cinematic and connected story line, starting off with Man of Steel in 2013 and Batman vs. Superman released in March. Their newest movie is Suicide Squad. Fans have been anticipating its release for over a year since the first trailer. However, critics have crushed a lot of hopes with their horrible reviews.  

The movie begins with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) meeting with a military official to talk about a team she wants to put together. In a file is information on various super villains including Floyd Lawton (Deadshot), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), June Moone (Enchantress), George Harkness (Captain Boomerang), Waylon Jones (Killer Croc), and Chato Santana (El Diablo).

The villains are held in a prison until it is time for their “suicide mission.”

June Moone, who is plagued by the alter-ego and magical spirit “Enchantress,” is sent on a mission. But when she turns into Enchantress, she bolts from the room.

At this point, the Suicide Squad is put into action and are off to a rocky start. As soon as their helicopter gets on top of the city, they are shot out of the sky.

The rest of the movie consists of the Suicide Squad carrying out their mission, being assigned a new mission, losing hope, and prevailing against all odds as most movie go.

The big problem with the plot is that there was no need for the Suicide Squad before Enchantress ran off, so Amanda Waller had no reason to form them together. Enchantress was also originally a member of the Suicide Squad as well.

However, there was an attempt to cover up this mistake: the Squad was formed to combat Superman as Waller said in the movie. The rest of the movie is filled with suspenseful action and occasional humor by Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Although the ending  in which the heroes prevail against all odds was slightly cliché, it was a good way to end the movie and the post-credits scene in which Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) met with Amanda Waller left everyone in the audience waiting for a Justice League movie.  

A mind-blowing performance was given by Will Smith with his comical edge. It’s said he trained with the Navy to become better suited for his role. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto also were perfect for their characters. Robbie acted just crazy enough to be Harley Quinn but also engrossed herself in her love interests. Finally, Leto provided a unique view of the Joker never before seen in movies, acting like a psychopath and gangster at the same time.

Overall, the movie wasn’t the best that DC could have made but the critics were much too harsh with their 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience scores were around 80% which seems like a fair score. Fans are expecting many improvements with the upcomming Justice League movie releasing in 2016.

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