Suicide Squad is finally out and the villain-based movie has been drawing varied criticism. The collection of DC’s vaunted bad guys (and girls) is a different take from the usual superhero-themed movies though the number of protagonists to fend off an evil good should be interesting.
Being a packed movie where viewers will need to recall a lot of names, some Suicide Squad characters cheered and jeered. As one would expect, there were some cast members who didn’t really play a pivotal role and hence were disappointments.
Standing Out Unsurprisingly
From the start and based on the hype built on Suicide Squad, it was obvious that Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith) would stand out. This is not because they are popular characters, but more on how they lived their roles to the best of their abilities.
The fact that the two were advertised heavily added more pressure. But being tested celebrities, they did not disappoint.
Aside from the two, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) impressed as well. Knowing this is not the last we will see of her, the performance preps her for future DC movies with an established persona.
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) was quiet but stood out when it mattered most, particularly when it was time to deal with Incubus (Alain Chanoine). CGI issues aside, he had a fair outing.
Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) did not disappoint with his screen time, adding depth to the team. He typified the best leader for a band of misfits, armed with heart and motivation.
So Who Bombed Out?
With a lot of characters comes stars who didn’t really shine. Leading the list is Slipknot (Adam Beach) whose casting was probably the shortest. He was killed off early in the film (due to an implanted bomb), which is similar to the animated version.
The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) failed to impress, more because her character rendition. Considered the weakest link on Suicide Squad, she was reduced to a backseat role behind his brother Incubus, which all the more dampened her impact.
‘Joker’ Not Better Off Than ‘Lex Luthor’
Jared Leto was chosen to render the Joker a minor role that would set him up for the other DC films. But similar to the fate of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), the producers may need to work on his act if they are to carry on the torch as the baddest of them all.