Suicide Squad (2016) – Why it was never going to work.


Suicide Squad was released earlier this month worldwide to box office success and a critical (as well as general) beating, so it’s pretty safe to say that this movie was more than a disappointment.

Movie and comic book fans everywhere had high expectations for this movie due to its cracking source material, its colourful array of characters, promising director at the helm and the fact that Jared Leto was attempting to revive a character previously played fantastically by the late Heath Ledger (who gave one of the greatest performances in cinema history for The Dark Knight). This movie had huge hype and tremendous expectations but… why didn’t it live up?

We could blame the low quality of this film on many things. We could blame it on the fact that the action was boring, the comedy wasn’t funny or that the acting was fairly standard (Will Smith and Octavia Spencer were good but apart from that…) OR we could blame the disappointment of Suicide Squad on the real killer; the fact that this film was never going to be good.

In order to have a good movie, you need a good story –many might argue with me on that but I urge you to find one good movie without a good story– and in order to have a good story, you need good characters. The way that a character can be deemed good or bad is by how well that character is written for the audience (there are many ways you can write a good villain, hero, mentor, love interest, etc.), but in order to write a character well you need character development and development takes time.

Take The Avengers as an example; there may be six titular agents of avengement but they all got time to develop and even through action and simple exposition, we see who these characters are. Despite the four major characters already having their own movies, Joss Whedon managed to give all six Avengers they’re own stories and make those stories exposed enough to be entertaining.

However what does any of this have to do with Suicide Squad?


For Joss Whedon, tackling six characters and making them all develop was already a huge task… so why did DC Comics think they could tackle a team of eight characters PLUS an already difficult character to write (the Joker) PLUS a government official managing the group PLUSSSSSSS a military colonel accompanying the squad?

The answer is money. When it all comes down to it, everything that the major film studios do is for money.

The simple reason Suicide Squad wasn’t going to work is because the production team’s primary concern of keeping with the bandwagon of having a team of heroes rather than one (a wagon created by The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, etc.).

Because they’re priority was the trend rather than the quality of the film, we suffer by getting a poor adaptation of a beloved comic series with too many characters to develop. At least with The Avengers, every character had their own film beforehand. With Suicide Squad… Zero. Previous. Association.

The number of characters, short length of the film and attitude of the screenwriter just didn’t add up. Perhaps if this film was released as a television series, it might’ve worked but DC knows that more people watch movies than buy TV season box-sets.

Consider this my review because this one major aspect really is my main criticism. Suicide Squad has many problems with this just being the ground floor for the rest of the faults to build on (unfunny comedy, bad action, average editing, less-than-satisfactory performances, lack of danger, etc.).

So what did you think of Suicide Squad? What was your main fault with it? Did you have any faults with it at all? Is Jared Leto really of this world? Leave your comment on the side and don’t forget to follow my Instagram page for foreign versions of movie posters.


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