The differences between Marvel and DC Comics couldn’t be bigger.
Marvel strikes gold with each and every single comic book movie they release. Whether it’s the super-awesome Avengers or the amazing Guardians of the Galaxy! Or how about the third Captain America? That movie rocked!!
DC Comics on the other hand fails time and time again!
Only Batman finds his way to a greater audience. Everything else sinks to the bottom like the Titanic in fast-forward.
Superman has had so many remakes it’s mind-boggling how he’s still around.
The green Lantern was a painful lesson in how *not* to make a superhero movie, and even slamming Superman vs. Batman together – which should’ve earned DC Comics their first golden ticket – was nothing more than a casual blockbuster. Hardly worth watching twice …
So it’s no surprise that DC Comics takes out the big guns – and makes the very first all-evil superhero movie!
No need to pie your pants with excitement though.
Suicide squad looks amazing and the trailer was promising too – but by the tradition of anything DC Comics – the end result is a big letdown. Why? I’ll tell you …
DC Comics fails to understand that making a superhero movie isn’t all that different from making any other movie. Story + characters. You need them both! Always!
In case of making a superhero movie, you can’t just throw a couple of cool-looking powers in the mix and hope it’ll work out. You need history of things. You need history of people.
Look at the patience Marvel exercises. First they explain the background of a single hero, then they make an awesome sequel, finally they throw them all together so it becomes a delicious dessert of superpowers!
Not DC Comics. DC Comics has no patience! It does things for money. And it shows. DC Comics knows it’s running a distant second and desperately keeps making mistakes in trying to dethrone Marvel. But all they do is weaken themselves with potentially awesome stories that end up more flawed than entertaining.
Lemme get right down to the rotten egg in Suicide squad! It’s the Joker.
Otherwise comically played by Jack Nicholson, creepily voiced by Mark Hamill in the TV-series and indescribably-fantastic fleshed out by Heath Ledger, the Joker has always been the number 1-villain in the DC Comics area. Not anymore thanks to Jared Leto. Granted the man tries his best, but he falls into the category ‘too much is never a good thing’.
Somehow, Jared Leto ends up making the Joker looking like some stupid teenage rapper. He looks like Eminem with fake make-up all over his face, like he’s fallen into a bucket of paint or something. His acting is waaay over the top – and not in a good way – meaning he’s still acting rather than becoming the Joker.
Jared Leto as the Joker is neither funny nor malicious. In the end, we don’t really care what happens to him.
But it’s not just the acting of Jared Leto. What is the Prince of Darkness even doing in this movie? The writing is terrible. This has probably something to do with how most of the original Joker’s scenes were cut out. In the final product, the Joker is nothing more than a disturbance of the peace who pops up every half hour or so.
Luckily the rest of the cast is slightly better.
Will Smith finally returns to the foreground with a movie that’s not a total disaster. He plays the part of Deadshot, a hero who never misses his target. Hey, wait a minute … doesn’t DC Comics already have a hero like that? I remember Colin Farrell playing Bullseye in Daredevil?
(another failed attempt of DC Comics)
The one who saves the movie from becoming the umpteenth wreckage of DC Comics is the character Harley Quinn – basically a female version of the Joker, but far more fun than Jared Leto‘s wooden performance … and far more sexy, I don’t mind tellin’ y’all!
Margot Robbie plays the craziness to a T. It’s a real damn shame that the writing is so weak. Imagine her performance in the capable hands of Christopher Nolan sidelining with Heath Ledger as her buddy … ooooohhh, if only!!
The other superpowers are pretty neat, but they’re often so ridiculously powerful that it makes them a whole lot less interesting. There’s a crocodile-man who is beastly strong, a fire guy who is named Diablo (so he is the devil then??) and a Japanese – cliché, cliché – Samurai sword fighter who barely gets hurt.
The superheroes are slightly above average and the actors performing them aren’t a whole lot better.
Oh … and did I tell you about the story? It’s a joke! It’s about a whole bunch of baddies who have to fight some fireworks-neon lighted Egyptian supergod and his dust-gathering ghostlike witch-sister. Really? It takes a whole team of superpowers to defeat them? I would just call the Ghostbusters and be done with it …
In the end – as much as it hurts me to say it – Suicide squad proves once more that DC Comics is trailing miles and miles behind Marvel. This should’ve been their great kick-in-the-nuts against Marvel, but instead it’s nothing but an empty punch in the sky.
did you know?
The helicopter crash scene was the last to be shot just in case any of the actors got injured and filming was delayed.
Give it to me straight:
Suicide squad may very well be the finest and freshest superhero movie from the sputtering DC Comics-machine, excluding anything Batman-related of course. Every attempt to strike back at Marvel is a failed one and DC Comics sinks lower and lower like a jeep in quicksand.
Suicide squad was supposed to be great! It was supposed to save the studio from being just … mediocre.
Don’t get me wrong, Suicide squad is in fact a good movie and a joy to watch! But it’s not the masterpiece DC Comics was gunning for … the movie is nowhere near as entertaining as Marvel’s X-men, Avengers or any of the dozens of mutants they stuff their super-fun movies with!
Problem is that the story of Suicide squad sucks big time! There is hardly any depth in character nor any plot changes that drive the story forward.
The Joker is … well … a joke. He looks awful and when he speaks, you expect him to engage in a rap battle, or something. He wears a ridiculous amount of gold on his neck and fingers – something only BA in The A-team was able to pull off successfully – and comes across as a frustrated teenager who’s played one too many GTA video games. (that’s Grand Theft Auto for those of you who don’t play videogames, lol!)
Luckily Harley Quinn saves the day! It goes to show: never send a man to do a woman’s job! Actress Margot Robbie is not only the most powerful attribute to an otherwise very mediocre movie, but she’s also colorful and fun to look at. She is by far the strongest magnet to keep the whole movie afloat.
All in all, Suicide squad is an ok-movie. But nothing more … pity.