Suicide Squad disappoints, leaves fans wanting more

The comparison between the comic Suicide Squad and the movie Suicide Squad.

Nadya Awino

The comparison between the comic Suicide Squad and the movie Suicide Squad.

Emmett Schindler , Editor-in-Chief

After much anticipation, Suicide Squad hit theaters on Friday, August 5. Fans patiently waited for the original comic to make it to the big screen, but felt utterly betrayed once the two hour and 15 minute disappointment ended.

With Superman dead, fighting crime becomes more difficult. When the Joker, played by Jared Leto, and his gang take over New York City, the government runs out of options. Just when the situation falls apart, an ancient witch named Enchantress releases the spirit of her brother to help take over the world. Intelligence operator Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, decides to assemble a team of villains to handle the trouble. The villains include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).

The character portrayals created a stereotypical tone. Harley Quinn functioned as the sex appeal, wearing super short shorts and glossing over her tragic backstory with the Joker. The soundtrack variations also caused a problem. Starting out with a typical 80’s rock music never disappoints, but why turn over to Kanye West right when Will Smith’s montage begins?

The actual “bad guys” in the movie either made no sense or aggravated watchers because of their lack of presence. The nearly immortal Enchantress turns against the humans by making a machine to turn humans into an alien-like robot, which takes measures too far. Furthermore, her huge alien brother somehow came back to life after entering the body of a regular-sized man. The new villain seemed too unrealistic with no clear purpose for her demise of humans. The more favorable villain, the Joker, starred in maybe 20 minutes of the whole movie. Leto did a spectacular job in his portrayal of the Joker, but his lack of presence left the audience screaming for more, especially since proving his immortality to the DC universe.  

The easily predictable plot overshadowed the enjoyment and humor of the successful parts of the movie, making it difficult for viewers to handle a firm grasp surrounding their feeling towards the film. A warning to DC: disappointed fans never look good, start taking notes from Marvel.

The Chant’s rating: D+