Suicide Squad Starts a Civil War between Fans

Suicide Squad Starts a Civil War between Fans

Seung Hee Lee, ‘19


“What happens if the next Superman is a terrorist?,” asks Amanda Waller, a secret service intelligence agent. She has set up a team of the most notorious and crazy villains to fight a mysterious force. Although this movie seems exciting, it received controversial reviews raised heated debates. Let’s look over the reasons why.

Too many characters?

Critics of Suicide Squad state that the movie has several insignificant characters. Though it seemed promising in its run-up, it landed on the screen with a big-budget thud. Suicide Squad’s lesser known DC Comics characters are introduced in quick flashbacks. Will Smith, toned and with a shaved head, is Deadshot. He is paid millions to murder someone, but lands in prison because he won’t do it in front of his beloved daughter. A typical Smith type, he’s the bad guy who’s not all bad, wisecracking easily although not often enough here. We see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as she used to be: Dr Harleen Quinzel, of the oversized black glasses and three-inch heels that all prison psychiatrists wear. She falls for her green-haired, silvertoothed patient, Joker, and soon goes rogue, with bright-white makeup and red lips that match her lover’s. Robbie wiggles her spangled mini-shorts, occasionally possesses a mad gleam in her eye and, just as sporadically, a broad Brooklyn accent. There are some characters that appear for less than 30 seconds before suddenly dying at the beginning of the movie. Character descriptions are missing and stories are cut midway. Although the great cast seems to somehow bring out strong characters, the movie fails to fill in the missing holes.

What’s the Plot?

David Ayer both wrote and directed Suicide Squad, so he has no one else to blame for the muddled screenplay. Ayer is best at grit and moral nuance: he wrote the screenplay for Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day, and wrote and directed the intense cop drama End of Watch. But given a broader commercial mandate and cartoon characters to work with, his narrative lacks imagination and his visual style is simplistic. At the intro of the movie every character seems marvelously vicious and evil. But as the move goes on we start to wonder: “Are they fighting Waller” or “Are they fighting each other?” or “Are they fighting the Enchantress?” Suicide Squad starts off uniquely. However, as the movie progresses on, everything becomes predictable, clichéd and boring. There is a scene at the bar, where we can see the humane side of the villains. Reviews about that scene claims that it is too “forced.”


The music, which varies from rap to classic pop, is excruciatingly obvious. Early on, there is Sympathy for the Devil. Really? By the end, it induces a groan from the audience when they hear the line from Bohemian Rhapsody: “Mama, I killed a man.” Despite the poor choice of songs used in this movie, however, there are also great songs that perfectly capture the moments of the villains. Harely Quinn is introduced with the song” You don’t Own Me” and the love between the Joker and Harely is emphasized with the sexy song, “ Gangsta.” The music from Suicide Squad has also called upon a lot of heated discussions too.

Marvel has attempted to show its fans a new version of heroes. But critics say that the movie has only merely licked the surface of the story. Everyone is looking for more answers from this movie. But opposing views say that If Suicide Squad really sunk their teeth in the characters it would have had a series of ten movies. The controversy seems to start here: if the viewers don’t have a clear understanding of the characters, it seems hard to truly understand the beauty of this movie.


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