2016 was a rough year for the DC Extended Universe. The DCEU was supposed to burst full born on the scene with the twin releases of Batman v. Superman
and Suicide Squad
. Both movies were met with mixed reviews from fans and critics alike.
In case you missed it, Suicide Squad
is a team of DC supervillains who are conscripted through threat of death into a government black ops squad by Amanda Waller. The team consists of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerange, Diablo and Killer Croc. They are tasked with stopping an immortal witch, the Enchantress, as she attempts to destroy mankind.
It's a darker corner of the DCEU that isn't quite as mainstream as the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. The characters motives aren't the betterment of others. Rather, they are simply self-preservation. That gives the team a different look than many are comfortable with.
I've been reading Suicide Squad
on and off since the team debuted in the pages of Legends
in 1986, so I was excited about this very unusual concept making its way to the big screen. Even more excited than me were my teenage sons. They counted down the days until we saw the movie. I think Margot Robbie was a large part of their excitement.
An all-star cast led by Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis were tasked with making these "worst heroes ever" likable. They, for the most part succeed.
was criticized for plot holes and a crowded cast. The newly released Suicide Squad: Extended Cut
fills in several of those plot holes and strengthens the relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker.
Both of those are good things.
was tasked, unnecessarily, with some seriously heavy lifting. This should have been a smaller release with less expectation ala Guardians of the Galaxy
. Instead, with the tepid response to BvS, Suicide Squad
was expected to course correct for the DCEU. They didn't quite succeed on that point, but they laid the groundwork for an interesting franchise going forward.
Suicide Squad: Extended Cut features more action and more Squad with 13 more minutes of footage not previously seen in theaters. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include the extended version of the film on the Blu-ray disc. The extended version will also be available to own on Digital HD.
Suicide Squad: Extended Cut
is a deeper look at a flawed but enjoyable movie. Give it a look.