Or for that matter, how bad does one of these movies need to be in order for WB to consider this a failure? While yes I know the movies have been successful financially, none of them have been considered as good movies yet. To say nothing of the behind the scenes stories about this movie which make you consider how this movie was pushed this hard to be released, and you have to stop and wonder what they're smoking, and where you can get some. Welcome to the Suicide Squad.
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first. To me, it is better then Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice. However, that shouldn't be taken as a compliment as better then awful movies, doesn't mean its not an awful movie. Second, I do have to give credit to some of the cast. Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis all do good performances here. Out of all the characters in this movie, I do genuinely believe that they are good fits for Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller. I can't say the same thing for the other character which can be ridiculous, ridiculously awful (you know who I'm referring to there) or just glorified crowd filler. The rest of the movie though is... oh primus...
Let's start with the story. You know you've messed up the story when the whole reason the world is f&!()! up is because of who's supposed to be your heroes. I'm serious, the whole reason Suicide Squad exists is because of a threat that came about because of the Suicide Squad. Did you think Joker would be the villain of the movie? Too bad, that would require more work. Instead our villain is The Enchantress, who escapes the control of Amanda Waller because she thought she could control a swamp witch that teleports for some reason, and sets about trying to control the world with her majestic belly dancing, and a portal in the sky, for it is always a portal in the sky. Now, from what I know of Suicide Squad, their missions are government based, where the chances of success are slim, and the chances of breathing the next day are even slimmer. Now to give the movie credit, this does qualify as one of those times, but this is also on a level far beyond Suicide Squad, because as far as I know, they're normally deployed onto search and recovery missions government intervention can't handle. You'd think a threat like this would call in, I don't know, what few members of the Justice League would do it. I'm pretty sure Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and maybe Cyborg could handle it, maybe another shot at Green Lantern? Martian Manhunter's still absent in the DCEU. Why send in a team that consists of team members that have powers like extreme accuracy with guns, a insane psychiatrist with a hammer, a ninja with a special sword, a guy with fire powers that hates having fire powers, a really big strong guy, a military fill in, and a guy who throws boomerangs, who isn't extremely rich unlike the other guy who throws boomerangs that I mentioned before. Suicide seems to be an understatement, but the question arises, did this need to be an underdog story? And a really half assed one at that. Most people would have been fine with a more grounded story for this one, one that actually makes sense, and it would have been a nice counter to the blowout that was Dawn of Jesus Symbolism.
Presentation wise, its a complete mess. Visually its meant to be bleak and depressing, which would work better for Suicide Squad then it did Dawn of Just F!@*!($ end already, but the soundtrack is meant to be similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, and is a lot brighter in tone then what's on screen. This is when the "A trailer company edited the final release of the movie" is the most obvious, and it makes the movie feel like it doesn't know what its supposed to be, the worst offender though of that is, of course, The Joker. If you want a character that best summarizes how bad this movie is, look no further then The Joker. I hate this Joker interpretation, I genuinely do. To me, that isn't The Joker, there's no charm to it, no style. It just comes off as crazy for the sake of being crazy. The best Joker performances grab onto your attention and keeps it. They steel the show, which I personally don't mind, it makes for a nice counter to Batman. Here though, he just feels soulless. This isn't the Joker, Jared Leto's Joker isn't The Joker. It's Jared Leto trying to be Victor Zazz, trying to be Gangster Joker, trying to be Dark Knight Joker, and it doesn't work. Just like how this movie doesn't work. Next week will be the Black and White arc for Pokemon Adventures, before taking a small hiatus from them to get Black 2/ White 2 once that finishes its publication, along with obtaining the remaining books for XY and ORAS. Sun and Moon will happen whenever that has been published fully. Next review from me before that though will be another trip to bayformers in the Toybox, to look at an evil fish with breeding hips and a lot of tattoos.