With all the hate behind the last D.C. Universe film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, expectations were relatively high for Suicide Squad. However, for some critics the film did not exceed those expectations. Opening weekend the film grossed about $133,682,248 despite all the critical hate. The positive fan reviews heavily outweighed the harsh critical reviews.
Suicide squad is about a group of criminals from Arkham Asylum that are assigned to a mission that was too risky for the military to go alone. The team includes; Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Slipknot, Enchantress, and their leader Rick Flag. There are also a few cameos from iconic characters such as Batman and The Flash.
Midway City is under attack and monsters are running rampant in the streets. The intelligence officer for the U.S. government, Amanda Waller, decides that she needs to put together a team of criminals so that if anything were to go wrong the government will not be held accountable. That team is known as Task Force X, a.k.a. The Suicide Squad. The reason they are called The Suicide Squad is because they had bombs injected into their necks, and if they were to disobey orders the bombs would be detonated.
Overall, this film was absolutely amazing. I was instantly hooked from the first time I watched the trailer in early January. It met all the expectations I had going into the theater. The plot was a little shaky at times, but not too bad that I couldn’t tell what was going on. One thing that bothered me just a tad was the lack of use of the Joker. He was a must anticipated character, however he was really only used in flashbacks and a few scenes that were actually relevant to the film. One of my favorite things about the movie was the character introduction. They went very in-depth with all of the characters and described them in way that if you weren’t familiar with them from the comics, you could now describe their whole back story.