Not only did this movie look interesting, you can also tell that the cast genuinely appreciated being there.
The first trailer for this movie set a somber tone that piqued my interest. The song, the voice overs, the way the characters looked, all of these told me that suicide squad was looking to do something different in the superhero genre.
Let’s talk about the cast: this is probably one of the most diverse casting I have seen in a film series aside from the Fast and the furious series. And they don’t have to draw attention to it. There is a mix of everybody but sadly they aren’t all treated fairly. I am specifically talking about Slipknot played by Adam Beach (one of my favorites). If the promotional material and castings wasn’t clear enough, Slipknot had a total of 8 mintues of screentime. Plus he does in an unnecessary way, to confirm what everyone knew, that Amanda Waller doesn’t play. Speaking of Ms. Waller….
She alongside Headshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) were the standout characters in this movie. To be fair, Jai Courtney does a pretty decent job as Captain Boomerang which is saying a lot because I (along with plenty of others) don’t care for him that much. A character I had hoped would steal the show was Katana (Karen Fukuhara), but unfortunately some of her scenes were cut from the final film.
I really wanted to love this movie. After the disaster that was BvS, I need this movie to succeed. But as in some cruel twist of irony it was ultimately the direct result of BvS that led to the cutting and re-shoots of this film. This is what happens when studio execs go into panic mode and try to “improve” an already promising film. They should have left this alone. They should have had faith in the crew and the director, hell they should have had faith in the brand.
I love the DC universe, I love the characters. But I’m not so sure about the future of the DCCU.