"I'm not going to kill you. This is just gonna hurt really really bad." – Jared Leto's Joker.
We've all seen this moment by now. I know this isn't the exact same moment, but it was all I could think when watching Jared Leto. He'd beat a Robin to death for fun. I was convinced. However, this movie wasn't about one man but out one team.
I'll make this simple. “Suicide Squad” was everything it needed to be: violent, funny, and there reminding you that even bad guys are human.
I wasn't excited for this movie at first. I was angry to see the weird Killer Croc, Slipknot who I pegged as an immediate death; Katana who is not at all suited for the lineup; and Deadshot never wearing a mask, which pisses me off. Then I saw it. My opinion was changed.
Let's start with the characters.
Amanda Waller was the woman of my nightmares. She was beyond phenomenal. Cunning ruthless and an O.G. bad bitch, she was every ounce the character I needed her to be. Will Smith was everything I expected. He was a Deadshot the world could relate to. He was a Deadshot I've read. He was calm, cool, witty and secretly in more pain than you could ever understand. Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang was on point, it's that simple. Margot Robbie did what I predicted and stole the show. She was Harley with the occasional accent, adolescent sense of humor, bad morals, and a lot of misguided loyalty.
Jared Leto was a tumultuous storm on screen. People telling you different don't recognize more than one rendition of the Joker and won't even if you read it to them. The appearance got ragged on a lot and I have to say get over it! If Nick Fury can be black, Captain America doesn't have to wear bell bottoms, and you watch Arrow and never complained about the fact that Olly doesn't look like Robin Hood at 40 then shut up. The Joker is a self-evolving character with distinct time periods. Welcome to the new world.
Katana was kind of a hidden gem, but could've easily not been in the movie. Killer Croc was a concession to kids. in my opinion. He's the chubby lovable kid we knew growing up that wasn't actually funny, just endearing because he was self deprecating. Rick Flag was a slice of wonder bread which is exactly what he is to me in comics... a bland character needed to make a sandwich, so whatever.
Cara Delevingne's portrayal of June Moon will probably be the downfall in most people's minds. I mean yeah, she's hot, but let's be serious it wasn't ideal. It was the CGI budget for the film pretty much. Having said that I don't blame Cara. June Moon/Enchantress is a character that hasn't been articulated often or well in comics. Her random appearances are never long or that great in Supergirl, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, and/or Justice League Dark.
Diablo, on the other hand, has long had a place in my heart and this movie reaffirmed this love. That even the worst of us have hearts. That even those of us with nothing left to lose have something left to give.
Back on the topic, though, the movie itself was a tale told via its characters. Don't expect chronological order or, for that matter, real order or logic! These characters, and this comic, function on chaos. Expect chaos. Memories, weird plots, and bad decision making. This story is a tale of conspiracy theories old as time! Government wants control. Government tried to take control by controlling something far beyond its comprehension. It backfires. The people the government exploited have to clean up the mess. Plus the Harley and Joker romance was an adult version of “Mad Love” or Harley's origin stories.
Overall this movie did what it wanted. I liked that. Take my opinion for what it is, an opinion. Take this movie for what it is. Don't act like this movie should've been a 3 hour serious epic drama. It is what it is—a wild card in the world of comic movies.