Kudos to the casting direction from DC for being smart enough to recognize the quality on-screen chemistry that Will Smith (Deadshot) & Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) share in any film. The film they steal the show in this time is Suicide Squad; Directed and written by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch). This film is a fast paced, flash backing game of fully loaded Russian Roulette. With origin stories and exposition as the bullets.
I’ll break it down. Viola Davis (How To Get Away with Murder) plays Amanda Waller, the government official with the highest clearance imaginable. She is asking permission to start a task force of super powered criminals to counter balance the possibility that “the next Superman may not share our values”. Inevitable move that connects this film to BVS, easily. Funniest thing is, some members of the Suicide Squad aren’t super powered. Capt. Boomerang (Jai Courtney) isn’t, Deadshot isn’t, Harley Quinn isn’t. Still, listen to no one and take the time yourself to see this film.
In all honesty, Joker (Jared Leto) was good in the film; for the whole nineteen minutes he’s in it. Made you crave more of his variation for later, but not enough. Amanda, Deadshot, and Harley do all the talking. Most of the rest of the characters lines are more sound bites than anything. With exception of Rick Flag (Scott Eastwood) and Diablo (Jay Hernandez). So many characters to learn in a short amount of time. No wonder the majority of the dialogue is exposition. No time to let the scenery and action tell the tale. We have half a dozen brand new DC anti-heroes to get to know, not to mention a whole bad guy subplot to try to tolerate. Not gonna say who the villain was, but she did some funky moves in the sloppy third act that are plain laughable.
Will Smith saves this film from being a jump cut mess at some points. Viola Davis gives the audience what they need to believe Amanda Waller is alive on the big screen finally. Can’t lie, I enjoyed it more than Man of Steel, BVS or Green Lantern. Maybe DC will keep making live action versions of their animated films. That’s what is happening.