Unfortunately, Suicide Squad didn’t live up to expectations. The outcome of the overly hyped film left much of the audience feeling like they’d wasted the last few months of over-excitement for what was though to be a masterpiece. I may be coming across as harsh but in recent years, I have never been so disappointed by a film from a franchise I hold close to my heart. Quite frankly, Suicide Squad is one of those films where the more times you watch it, the more flaws you notice. Suicide Squad is a film full of many flaws as well as the misleading trailers, so where did Suicide Squad go so wrong for me? Here are just some of the reasons…
To me the ‘plot’ to Suicide Squad seemed somewhat lacking, watered down and cliche. There never seemed to be any real substance to the whole purpose of Suicide Squad, in fact the plot made no sense at all as the DC heroes are prominent in the DCEU at this point.
An issue which aggravated me the most, and no doubt many of my fellow DC fans was the lack of the beloved character the Joker and the complete mess of writing the characters. For those who have witnessed this monstrosity of a film will probably agree with me in saying, the Joker was pretty much in the trailer more than the actual film. The issue here is clear, the writers should have followed the story line of Batman: Assault on Arkham in which, Joker has a far more prominent role. If the writers essentially made the Joker be the primary villain, the characters would be likely to be more developed so we can decide if Leto’s Joker is even worthy. And we may actually remember who Slipknot was… Even better, the writer could have eliminated the mess of Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress.
Another thing avid comic book readers would agree on is the mess of Harley Quinn and Joker’s relationship. The comparison to the source material could not be more different. Instead of the complex abuse of Harley Quinn (which therefore makes her a far more intriguing character), fans are met with an eye-rolling fanfiction. I found this tedious to watch and cringe-worthy as it just didn’t even slightly resemble the Joker and Harley Quinn I am familiar with. That’s without even mentioning the costume choices.
It may just be me but the costumes of some of the characters just didn’t look right. Now would be the time to somewhat praise Margot Robbie’s acting as Harley Quinn (if we ignore her accents), but the costume was horrible. Don’t get me wrong, Harley is a sexualised character, but her costume didn’t resemble anything that fans recognise and Harley Quinn. I wish they went for something more classic or at least similar to the Arkham games in which Harley sports her classic red and black colour scheme. I also wasn’t feeling ‘gangster’ Joker, they are two words that shouldn’t be put together.
Although this problem wasn’t necessarily the fault of DC, the over anticipation of Suicide Squad did not help its case. At the time of writing, the Suicide Squad official trailer holds 83 million YouTube views (see below) as well at making over $740 million at the Box Office therefore showing it’s high anticipation. This in turn produced many disappointed fans who were hoping for a film that was more fleshed out. Many fans originally were comparing the pre-released material to Guardians of the Galaxy which had the perfect combination of likable characters, humour and action to appeal to audiences. It was clear that the team behind Suicide Squad intended to follow in its footsteps but somewhat failed. To be fair, some parts of the humour and action were enjoyable but on the whole it seemed pretty ‘meh’ in comparison.
Overall, I would personally rated Suicide Squad 1.5/5 as although some parts were enjoyable and it was interesting to see some characters appear on the big screen for the first time, it failed to live up to most expectations.