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5 Issues That Made Suicide Squad Bomb With Critics

Suicide Squad will certainly claim the summer box office after retaining the top spot for the third consecutive weekend, but despite the incredible turnover, the blockbuster still let fans and critics down in many ways.

We don’t want to take anything away from the DC Comics adaptation, considering the film has already passed the $500 million mark worldwide – however, we can’t ignore some serious failings made by Warner Bros Studios and director David Ayer.

Check them out below:

Lighter Tone


When Warner Bros Pictures announced Suicide Squad 2 years ago, we’d all expected a dark take on the anti-hero storyline, considering the general tone of the popular DC Comics’ – yet the movie adaptation seemed to dumb the world down a little too much.

Dark, gritty, frightening… all key elements of the DC Cinematic Universe and ones that made the Christopher Nolan trilogy so successful, among other things of course. Suicide Squad however seemed to be lacking the right tone – as though it had been purposefully lightened in tone in order to reach a larger market.

Too much witchy stuff!


The film started of perfectly enough, showing us the squad and how they became inmates thanks to Batfleck, but somewhere near the middle though, the film took an unexpected dodgy turn into the land of magic and obvious CGI.

Cara Delevingue’s Enchantress character seemed to bring the perfect array of dark magic at the start of the movie, but as the story progressed, it became less ‘believable’ and more childish so to speak. Too much hocus pocus for DC I think.

Leading man or ensemble cast?


I know he was billed as the leading man, but when it comes to Suicide Squad, I just assumed all the characters would receive equal status – I guess though when you’ve got a man of Will Smith’s star-power, it’s perhaps too easy to make him the focal point.

Big mistake Warner Bros – there were plenty of other equally intriguing characters to explore during the run time. Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Diablo… all deserved to be equal to Smith’s Deadshot character but were sadly demoted to sidekicks.

Batfleck himself


The title is Suicide Squad… I get that… but considering Ben Affleck’s Batman is one of the most popular aspects of the new DC Cinematic Universe, perhaps he could have played more of a part in the movie.

Setting up some personal relationships with some of the squad that he put behind bars could have helped build more of a story arch that could be carried into the Justice League film… specifically regarding Jared Leto’s Joker, who happens to be rumoured for next year’s major release.

Where the hell was Jared Leto?


This has to be the biggest failure on Warner Bros part – during the numerous promo’s and trailers leading up to the release of Suicide Squad, Jared Leto’s Joker was a prominent feature, even being billed as a leading cast member.

So why the hell was he barely on screen? 15 minutes. That’s how much screen time the most eagerly anticipated character had in the two-hour blockbuster. Safe to say fans and critics have made their annoyance and disappointment known.

Suicide Squad has definitely performed financially for Warner Bros Pictures, but could the poor reviews and response from fans have a lasting effect on the entire DC Cinematic Universe, especially after the recent potential issues surrounding next year’s Wonder Woman release.

Let us know what you thought of Suicide Squad in the comments section below.



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Matthew Watson

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