When I go watch Marvel movies, I wonder if I might actually see a bad one. When I watch DC movies, I wonder if I might actually see a good one.

To say that DC has had some problems establishing its own cinematic universe is an understatement. What should be a fun and colorful undertaking has been neither fun nor colorful and perhaps that’s why I liked Suicide Squad so much despite it being terrible. The colors are vibrant, the atmosphere is fun, and the actors generally look like they’re having a good time being where they are.

Suicide Squad chronicles the adventures of the baddies of the DC Universe: Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, The Enchantress, and Deadshot as they are tasked with going on a mission to rescue someone in the middle of some sort of supernatural magical hurricane thingy.

Suicide Squad has everything that Man of Steel and Batman v Superman has been missing: Fun, thrills, and characters who aren’t complete assholes. Let that sink in… Superman has been a bigger asshole in the DC Movies than Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot. That alone should make Zack Snyder combust in shame.

I know that this movie isn’t incredibly intelligent nor is it anywhere in the same parsec as a masterpiece, but it is what it is and makes no apology. We have a character driven action piece headed by some charismatic actors who are having a good time. What more could we want?

Well, we could want a lot more, but it’s fun… it’s bad, but it’s fun.

I’m not a huge fan of Jared Leto’s Joker, but he’s in the movie for all of six minutes, so it really doesn’t matter and I’m willing to give him a chance in the next project he ends up in. Hopefully, Harley and Mr. J will be the dastardly duo we know and love and there won’t be any of this solo nonsense.

I’m sure this movie isn’t incredibly accessible to non-fans and I understand that, as far as DC Heroes go, Rick Flagg and Katana are D-Listers, but you’ve got to enjoy the fact that this movie doesn’t waste time on bloated origins or filler.


Written by Jason Gaston

Father, teacher, writer, photographer, artist, actor, male model, and inventor of the semicolon.

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