They should do this thing with DC movies that every time they release one, they should tell you which episodes of a DC animated series you should watch afterwards to reassure yourself that there are good stories with the characters they just messed up on the big screen.
To rid oneself of the taste of Batman V Superman, watch a series of three episodes of Superman the Animated Series called “World’s Finest”, which feature Superman and Batman meeting the first time. The episodes also incorporate Lex Luthor, Joker, and Harley Quinn.
And then there’s Suicide Squad, which I finally watched in its third weekend of release.
Instead of watching Suicide Squad, you can watch the episode of Justice League Unlimited titled “Task Force X” where Colonel Rick Flag leads a team of criminals, including Deadshot, on a covert mission to infiltrate the Justice League’s Watchtower base. There is no Harley Quinn in this episode as she is not part of the Suicide Squad in this but that’s okay – you can watch the episode of Batman the Animated Series called “Mad Love”, based on the comic of the same name, about how Dr Harleen Quinzel turned into the crazypants sidekick/love interest for the Joker.
As you might be able to tell, I didn’t particularly like Suicide Squad that much, but in a different way from how I didn’t like Batman V Superman. During BvS, I was fidgety. The movie was boring and I hated what they did with the characters and the story. I couldn’t wait until the movie was over as I wanted out of the theater.
Suicide Squad, on the other hand, was a train wreck. I couldn’t look away. The movie was ridiculous and I was in awe of how much it didn’t make sense. Right from the start, there was a very much of a “so, what’s going on?” vibe. What’s up with Joker and Harley Quinn in this club? Amanda Waller *knew* Colonel Flag was going to fall in love with the doctor that the witch, Enchantress, possessed and therefore she could get Flag under her control. Wha?
And then Enchantress was supposed to be Waller’s proof that she could handle a bunch of criminals into doing her bidding?
And then! And then… Task Force X (the Suicide Squad) is assembled to take care of a problem that manifested only because of Waller? This was like Avengers 2 all over again, where the Avengers had to take care of a mess that was their fault in the first place.
If Waller hadn’t been trying to create the anti-Justice League, maybe, just maybe, Enchantress would’ve been kept under lock and key so she didn’t have the means to be out and about and destroy the city in order to do… something. That part wasn’t clear. She was making a weapon I think?
And then the Squad had to play the heroes and rescue the city/world from this witch? I don’t know. If this were a Marvel movie, this would’ve been a task of The Avengers. Since this is a DC movie, the Justice League would’ve been more apt as the heroes here. I feel like if you should have the bad guys under your control and you’re the government, you should have them, and I’m just spit-balling here, do something like infiltrate the base of the Justice League.
Maybe that’s the problem. They (whoever “they” may be), are trying to establish a group of bad guys in a universe where we don’t even know who the good guys are. For example at this point, we have seen more of Captain Boomerang, a regular foe of The Flash, more than The Flash himself in this rollout of DC films.
Not everything was bad though. Most of the characters were interesting. I would totally watch a buddy film featuring Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The surprise for me was how much I liked the character Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez. My favorite character in the film, easily.
Even though I didn’t care for Suicide Squad, I can definitely admit that it was more entertaining for me than the dour Batman V Superman. Not going to lie though, I officially now have zero standards for any DC films. The trailer for the next DC film, Wonder Woman seems intriguing but I just don’t know. There is an animated Wonder Woman movie that’s really good so in the unfortunate scenario that movie doesn’t turn out to be any good, there’s already an animated back up you can turn to.
Fun fact: Don’t judge me on this, but I became an almost instant fan of Harley Quinn when she showed up in the animated series to the point where a lot of my user names revolved around some sort of variation of that name. I was more than a bit disappointed when I found out that the character in this movie wasn’t going to have the traditional Harley Quinn costume but the t-shirt/shorts costume instead but what can you do.