“Suicide Squad” New Take On Super-Hero Genre

Austin Connelly, Entertainment/Review Editor

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 “Suicide Squad” released on Aug. 5 and stormed the box office with sales reaching nearly $600 Million. The movie is an interesting take on the super-hero genre as the heroes aren’t saving the day, the villains are.

    “Suicide Squad” begins with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), an FBI agent who is struggling to assemble a team to take down the ever-growing threats plaguing the world of the DC Universe. Unable to convince ordinary heroes to do the tasks at hand, she is forced to go to a group of people a little more expendable, incarcerated supervillains. In

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exchange for their help, they are told their sentences will be reduced. The team she assembles consists of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), an insane former psychiatrist who worked to help cure The Joker, but she falls in love with him and he ultimately turns her into a debatably more insane version of himself, Deadshot (Will Smith), an expert assassin, Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), a professional criminal known for his use of trick boomerangs, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a human/crocodile hybrid, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) a samurai. The team is lead by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), who puts bombs in the team’s necks to keep them under his control.

    The team is assigned to take down Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), a mysterious primal being who has taken over the city. They try to defeat Enchantress, but they realize they are outnumbered and go to a roof to be extracted, when the Joker attacks the team and rescues Quinn in a stolen military chopper, which is ultimately shot down and The Joker is presumed dead. The team later regroups, after Quinn is caught and moves to take down Enchantress in the final battle of the movie.

    Overall, “Suicide Squad” is a pretty good movie and is a great setup for a future Batman and Joker/Quinn movie. The plot is interesting and kept me engaged for most of the movie. Some sequences in the beginning became quite repetitive as they introduced each new character in a short, often rushed fashion.

    One complaint that has arose is that The Joker did not get enough time on screen. In the movie, his story with Quinn is a side-plot, however, this plot is far better and greatly outshines the main plot and I feel the movie would have been a lot better if The Joker was the main antagonist of the movie.

    The actors in the film do an amazing job portraying their characters. Robbie’s portrayal of Quinn is so good and believable and she completely nails her character. Before the movie came out, I was initially very skeptical of The Joker’s new costume and tatted up look. It is completely contrary to the Heath Ledger Joker that I grew up with and is undoubtedly the best Joker to be seen in any film. However, as I watched the movie, I fell in love with the new costume and I actually think it looks really cool, not to mention his take on the character is completely different than anything we have ever seen before and it really works. It’s a shame The Joker didn’t get more screen-time.

    Overall, “Suicide Squad” is a good and innovative film into an already well-established genre that will help expand the possibilities of the genre as creators see that these increasingly far-out ideas sell well in the box office (“Deadpool”, do I need to say more?). The film effectively combines many complex characters into one film and it works. “Suicide Squad” also reintroduced The Joker and Harley Quinn to the DC Cinematic Universe and I am interested in seeing where they will take these characters in the future.

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“Suicide Squad” New Take On Super-Hero Genre