Warner Brothers and DC are off to a rough start. You can still smell the scorched earth left behind in the wake of the outrage that was Batman V Superman. Depending on where you stand, you’re waiting to be disappointed or you’re excited to see these characters portrayed on screen; most of them for the first time. It goes without saying that this movie needs to be successful, but if your view of success is broad, then this movie will be a smash. Will this be the movie that puts DC in the lead? Probably not, and that’s okay.
Director David Ayer is at the helm of DC’s first true ensemble movie, Suicide Squad, which follows a group of criminals tasked with carrying out some of the world’s most dangerous missions. These criminals also happen to be some of Gotham’s finest villains. Fan favorite and sure to steal the show Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), is one part of this group of misfits. Along with her is Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) just to name few. Gotham’s two most dysfunctional sons, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Joker (Joker), also make appearances in the movie. The Suicide Squad is formed when head of A.R.G.U.S Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to start sending criminals on suicide missions. You would think they’d decline, but Waller has contingencies for non compliance in the form of explosive chips implanted in their brains. With Batman rounding them up, Joker terrorizing everyone and a powerful and deadly entity loose in the city, these are the times the Suicide Squad was created to let loose upon.
There’s so much debate about who makes better movies, Marvel or DC? The advantage is obviously with Marvel for they’ve been at this for awhile now. When comic book movies weren’t popular, Marvel took a chance and that paved the way for DC to enter into the fray and deliver their own brand of comic book movies based on their characters. Marvel’s shadow stretches far and their lead is even further. The best the Suicide Squad can do is just be a great movie and generate some excitement for what’s to come. Putting these less widely known, but fan favorite villains in an ensemble movie for the first time shows just how far comic book movies have come; and how big and bold Warner Bros and DC are willing to be. Suicide Squad will be a wild ride full of humor, action, Easter eggs, and most likely some questionable decisions. All of this okay and if we all give Warner Bros and DC a chance to unveil their vision, we just may start to see that lead shrink. Round 1 of the Marvel or DC bout is over and while Batman v Superman got some licks in, we can all agree who won this round. Just remember though, it’s only the first round, there’s still 11 more to go.