The third film in the DC Extended Universe was promoted as a gritty Avengers style film made up of supervillains but ends up being a mess that grinded its source material with the vision of a great director and added the obviously stupid studio interference.
Suicide Squad was suppose to be a dark and gritty follow-up to Batman v. Superman that pitted Task Force X against maybe the Joker or something far more sinister. Instead we get an Escape From New York rip-off featuring the zombies from The Last of Us along with a lot of action and some Joker.
The plot is Amanda Waller organizes a Special Forces unit made up of supervillains following the death of Superman. However one of these villains, Enchantress, goes rouge and attempts to destroy the world while turning Midway City into a war-zone. Hence, the team is sent to stop her while Joker attempts to rescue Harley Quinn.
In fairness; it’s not a bad movie but it could have been something better while the marketing should have been more honest instead of focused on selling the hype of the new Joker.
Which by the way, the Jared Leto version of the Joker seemed to try and mix the gangster rendition of Jack Nicholson with the anarchist rendition of Heath Ledger. The result is a psycho that is running a criminal business while trying to fight the establishment at the same time. Also why wasn’t C.C.H. Pounder not casted as Amanda Waller? I mean seriously this part was written for her and she had portrayed the character many times in the DC Animated Universe.
Suicide Squad introduction of the Joker may have been weak but the cast was solid and may have saved this movie. Will Smith and Margot Robbie standout for how well they portrayed their character while kudos need to be given to Jai Courtney for allowing his acting skills show for once.
Overall; Suicide Squad just demonstrates that DC Extended Universe needs better planning and pacing while studio executives really need to let the director and writer do their job properly. Its an ok movie but it could have been much better.
Final Score: 6/10