With Marvel and DC doing great business at the box office with their big screen comic book franchises it seemed a no-brainer to bring Suicide Squad to cinema audiences. Unfortunately when you have a passionate fanboy following, adapting for screen can be a bit of a nightmare and David Ayer’s film took a bit of a pasting – but the criticism is entirely unjustified.
We’d recommend you watch this with an open mind and set out to be entertained by a hugely fun cinematic triumph.
For those unfamiliar, the titular Squad are a team of bickering supervillains strong-armed into doing good by a gloriously no-nonsense government agent (Viola Davis) and her gun-toting lackey (Joel Kinnaman).
Davis is superb, frequently stealing the show from the far more eccentric characters under her command. These include coldblooded hitman/concerned father Deadshot (Will Smith), hoody-wearing lizard man Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and psychotic Barbie doll Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).
Jared Leto’s Joker pops up now and again to make life complicated, but the real trouble begins when Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress goes rogue and decides – as you do – to build a world-ending weapon.
Suicide Squad from Friday at 8.00pm on Sky Cinema Premiere.