Something is going really wrong on the South American island of Corto Maltese. Not only that the current regime has just been overthrown by a party that is anything but America-friendly. In addition, there is a secret base on the island, on which the Nazis allegedly carried out terrible experiments. Actually, it all sounds like a job for Superman or some other DC hero, but that wouldn’t calm the politically charged mood. So it’s better to send a group of specialists, ideally super villains, who don’t feel a shame if they die. A suicide squad, suitable for the suicide mission …
Hold, stop, go back for a moment – hasn’t this idea existed before? Indeed, and it even had (almost) the same name. 2016 brought director David Ayer to bring Suicide Squad to theaters. Back then without “The” and with a lot more seriousness. The fans were moderately enthusiastic. So it’s all the better that the crazy super villain team is now getting a second chance. The Suicide Squad is bloody, funnier, more colorful and even a lot crazier than the previous version and that is really good for the film.
James Gunn in his element
The driving force behind The Suicide Squad is James Gunn, who already has experience in properly staging obscure superhero teams. for
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Marvel, he did that with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Both films about the team were made under his direction and, according to both critics and fans, are among the best the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has to offer. But anyone who only knows Gunn from his family-friendly Marvel films can expect a shock from The Suicide Squad.
Before he became known around the world with the Guardians, James Gunn worked on cynical gangster films such as Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, he began at the legendary Troma studios, whose B-movies are bursting with blood and guts. No wonder then that Gunn got permission for The Suicide Squad to do what he wanted with the appearing DC villains. And he does that too – with delight. The fact that the amount of blood and intestines that can be seen on the screen is rated as “16+” borders on a small miracle.
Not all villains are created equal
As beautiful as the bloody carnage is, there are of course a few favorites in the rogue warriors. For example Bloodsport, played by Idris Elba, who is in a permanent clinch with Peacemaker (John Cena) because they have the same superpower: they can shoot damn well. Or Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the kind-hearted Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), where you keep asking yourself what actually led to her being in the middle of this madness. Of course, the Suicide Squad also has their version of Groot. Here it is King Shark (spoken of New Year’s Eve
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Stallone), who is kind of very amiable but also kind of likes to eat people. Rick Flag actor Joel Kinnaman, who was very happy to play a likeable version of his character, also had a lot of fun filming.
In order to shrink the huge number of characters to a bearable level, James Gunn uses a trick that worked in a similar way in Deadpool 2. But – even after that, no one is really sure. And the fun has only just begun. As a small example of how crazy The Suicide Squad is (and that will only be revealed here because it was already shown in the trailers): The main villain is none other than Starro – a giant starfish from outer space, the size of a Kaiyu, who takes everything around him with his Spurs enslaved. And it works! Especially in this movie. Because – and James Gunn was of course aware of this – cinema audiences now know their way around superheroes. And knows that the whole genre can get pretty absurd. The Suicide Squad takes advantage of this knowledge – and has a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
Is The Suicide Squad a better movie than its 2016 predecessor? Perhaps. Above all, it’s a film in which everyone involved had way too much fun and you notice that in every scene. So maybe it had its good sides that the DCEU got off to such a difficult start. Without the subdued response to films like Batman v. Superman, Justice League and the 2016 version of Suicide Squad would probably have been nothing more than a moderate imitation of the MCU in DC’s film universe. The DC films are a chaotic pile in which directors can let off steam to their hearts’ content, regardless of canon and studio specifications. If that leads to more films like The Suicide Squad, DC is happy to continue like this.
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