Warner Bros. studios issues its answer to Marvel’s highly successful crossover film mini genre, kicking off their group film initiative with 2016’s Suicide Squad – a film which aims to emulate Marvel’s comedic success in Deadpool while bringing together a csat of fan favourite villains from across the DC Universe.
Will Smith takes up the unlikely lead role as deadshot, a hitman who never misses, despite sharing the spotlight with iconic baddies like the Joker and his queen of crime, Harley Quinn – who are played by Jared Leto and Margot Robbie respectively. Rounding off Smith’s band of rag-tag anti-heroes, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney and Jay Hernandez.
Suicide Squad follows the premise that a dangerous group of convicts – whom the government deems expendable – are assembled to go behind enemy lines amidst an otherworldly occupation of Midway city, kept in check by stoneyfaced CIA agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The film nuances the moral roles of heroes and villains, helped on by convincing performances from its leads who make their characters far more human and, dare I say, relatable than they have ever been before – which, while the plot may not be a particularly newfangled idea, makes for a refreshingly original cinematic adventure.
Suicide Squad (2016) – Sunday 8:00pm on Sky Cinema (Superheroes).