My worry about suicide squad is that it becomes too irreverent and the ‘stars’ are more interested in having a fun time playing the anti-heroes we are all expected to root for by default – (Hey, look, it’s us, the suicide squad live on screen. Yay!) This is fine for kids who might not think beyond the pleasure of seeing their anti-heroes on screen for the first time.
But a good film makes us want to root for the characters by developing characters that are engaging and who have motives and emotions that fill them out as believable personalities. – though not necessarily agree.
And we need a good story that draws us in and makes us interested in how the characters deal with events around them.
The (Disney) Marvel movies take nothing for granted. The actors take their roles as seriously as any Shakespearean actor; they invest in the character and carry the emotion – yet at the same time perfectly reproduce the inevitable borderline anarchic edge of the super heroes – after all, they have super powers and could easily act above the law. But they have a moral base; and the motives of the evil guys (and women) have a personality and story arc that, like the heroes although not perfect, is good enough to make a good film.
DC seems trapped in the ‘Being a superhero is a serious responsibility’ and Suicide Squad; as A.O Scott of the New York Times put it – “chases after the nihilistic swagger of “Deadpool” and the anarchic whimsy of “Guardians of the Galaxy” but trips over its own feet.”
Like Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. DC is falling over itself while it rushes to catch up with Marvel. Bats and Supes rushing around being grim and existential while cramming in references to other superheroes.
It doesn’t help that SDCC gave us a JLA teaser that has Bruce Wayne playing the DC version of Nick Fury going round recruiting team members – along with a lighter “More or less” exchange between Bruce and Diana. And all of a sudden Bruce is no longer a melancholic,depressive who never got over the horrific death of his parents or the bats under Wayne Manor.