The Dark Herald Recommends The Suicide Squad

The Dark Herald Recommends The Suicide Squad

I hate to break this to you but it’s a good movie.

Yeah, I know James Gunn is a vomitable little twat.  And no one will ever look at John Cena the same way again after his Chinese hostage video.  That’s irrelevant.  This review is about Suicide Squad itself.

This discussion will be reasonably spoiler-free.  I’ll do another one later in the week where I go into spoilers.

This is easily the best DC Comics movie.  I was going to caveat that and say since the Dark Knight but then I thought it over and came to the conclusion that Dark Knight was a Christopher Nolan film, not a DC Comics movie.  This is the very first movie that gets the vibe of DC Comics right.  To be exact it gets 1980s DC right and frankly, that was the apex of DC storytelling.

There are some really interesting caveat articles coming from shill media on this picture’s box office performance.  By that I mean there are a lot of articles that are saying, this is a good movie BUT it isn’t doing any better than Birds of Prey.  Which is another way of saying this non-Woke movie’s numbers are no better than Woke DC’s.

Conveniently overlooking the fact that COVID didn’t exist back then or that we are in the middle of the Delta Variant fear porn spike.  

And Suicide Squad is very definitely not-Woke.

James Gunn is absolutely an actor’s director; you can tell that by the number of familiar faces he drags with him from production to production.  But he does get better performances out of them than any set-piece director would. He is also very much a comedy director which anyone who saw Guardians of the Galaxy would have already known.

And speaking of the first movie, its existence is barely acknowledged in this one.  The only reason it could be considered a sequel at all is the presence of Margot Robbie and Viola Davis.  Davis’ turn as Amanda Waller was chilling, she was clearly the most ruthless villain in the whole story despite being the official “good guy.”   Gunn made the decision to assume that the audience knew about how the Suicide Squad works.  I suppose there are one or two people who might have gotten lost along the way but on the whole, the work is improved by not rehashing the origin story.

Gunn went deep to find his rather disposable villains for this film.  I had to do a lot of googling to find some of them. One of them, TDK, I’m pretty sure he made up, despite the fact that his power strongly resembles an obscure character from the Legion of Superheroes in the 31st century.  I’ve run into TDK’s ability in other comic lines, and it is a pretty stupid superpower.  James Gunn’s casting choices for cameo roles strongly reflect a genuine geek’s tastes.  In Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ben Browder played the blink and you miss it role of the Sovereign Admiral,  Nathan Fillion had the tiny part of TDK in this film. 

Peacemaker was originally one of the old Charleton Comics characters that DC picked up in the Eighties when they bought out Charleton.  Alan Moore was using Peacemaker plus a few other notables for a limited series intended to compete with the emerging Indy titles.  In mid-production, he was told he’d have to rename the characters.  Which was how Peacemaker became the Comedian in Watchmen.  Peacemaker has been a well-meaning villain ever since then.  

Cena played his usual bombastic, bellowing character that he has been bringing to the party since he first climbed into the ring twenty years ago.  Although, I will grant that he brought a few moments of subtle remorse to Peacemaker that I really didn’t think he could manage.  He was able to hold his own opposite the vastly more experienced Idris Elba.  

Peter Capaldi was much more in his element as the evil Thinker than he ever was as the Doctor.  I mean look at his eyes he’s one of nature’s freaking blackguards.  He’s delivered a much more riveting performance for Gunn than he ever managed for Moffat.

Rat Catcher2: Shut up! Unless you want a hundred rats running up your ass?!

Thinker: My answer to that might surprise you.

If Margot Robbie is going to be remembered for her turn as Harley Quinn at all, it will only be because of this performance.  Gunn is the first filmmaker to get her character right.  She’s not a female empowerment figure, she’s not a girl who is trying to make her way in a Man’s World, she’s a psychopath.  Joker didn’t turn her into a monster, he just unleashed what was already lurking deep down inside of her.  

Harley Quinn, for a wonder, was not the centerpiece of this movie.  She was prominent and had a few top-notch scenes that were very much within her character, but she wasn’t front and center the entire movie.  It made sense to give her the amount of screen time that Gunn did. Robbie for her part seemed to be grateful to have a story that for once knew what it was supposed to do with Harley Quinn and she ran with it.  For once the actress really seemed to be loving the part.  This was what she thought the role would be when she first signed up for it.  That said if you lifted Harley Quinn’s plot out of the movie it wouldn’t have changed much of anything.

Idris Elba isn’t typically a comedic actor, but Gunn was able to make him work as that in this role. I actually laughed at Idris Elba and I never thought that would happen. Elba is playing… (googling to make certain)… Bloodsport (NOT Deadshot), although frankly, the only difference between the two is that Will Smith was playing pretty much the exact same role in the first movie.  Elba very handily anchored this jet-black comedy.  He’s never had trouble with tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold roles but I was rather surprised to see he could do physical comedy, which despite its low-brow image is about the toughest row to hoe. 

Bloodsport (I keep having to check) is a father who actually does care enough to try and stay away from his daughter. The reptilian Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has no trouble exploiting this weakness. Elba completely nails this relationship and its concomitant motivations in less than five minutes of screen time.

However, the absolute show-stealer was Sylvester Stallone’s, King Shark.  Stallone portrayed him like Lennie from Mice and Men.  An almost innocent criminal who didn’t really understand why the things he was doing were evil.  In a lot of ways, King Shark was the dark side of Groot, they were almost the same character except King Shark really likes to eat people because he thinks human sushi is the best.

That brings us to what will be the deal-breaker for a lot of people, gore.  This is an extremely gore-drenched film.  Characters are being shot, stabbed, and torn apart during the film’s run time. It’s not a just bunch of blood bags like in a Verhoeven flick, people are constantly and graphically exploding in this film.  

There is also some full-body nudity, although these are all background extras.  Margot Robbie isn’t doing that anymore so don’t get your hopes up.  It absolutely earns its R rating.

The real pity here is that such a great movie was made by such a walking pile of horse dump like James Gunn.

Regardless, when I separate the art from the artist then this film is not Woke silly, ridiculous, blood drenched fun.

The Dark Herald Recommends with Confidence. 

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  • EXALT Reply

    “Conveniently overlooking the fact that COVID didn’t exist back then or that we are in the middle of the Delta Variant fear porn spike.”
    There are a few other factors to consider as well, I think:
    1)DC live-action movies have very little credibility at this point.
    2)This was the sequel to a rightfully despised film.
    3)People are sick and tired of superhero movies in general.

    August 9, 2021 at 3:46 pm
    • Chris Lopes Reply

      Your #1 is a biggie. Once they decided to strangle the Snyderverse in the crib, they weren’t left with much. I get the allure of using 2nd and 3rd tier characters (they’re expendable as hell), but without a workable 1st tier movie line up, the 2nd and 3rd tier stuff comes off looking cheap. It’s as if they are saying “Sure, we can’t make a good Batman movie to save our lives, but hey look at King Shark!”

      August 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm
      • Dane Reply

        The Snyderverse was stillborn, not murdered as the fanboi cope has become. Most people just don’t like dark, moody Sociopaths filmed with shakycam.

        August 10, 2021 at 10:13 am
  • diogenes Reply

    Sounds like a high seas special then.

    August 9, 2021 at 3:46 pm
    • Talos Valcoran Reply

      Yep, don’t give a care that the pedophile jokester got a good film out of dregs, I’m never giving money to him or anyone who hires him.

      Night Lords have standards, too.

      August 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm
  • Sanders Reply

    Once again I get the feeling that I saw a different movie than anybody else.

    The movie is very mediocre at times and it is salted with race-mixing, excesses of diversity, strong whamen ordering men around and soldiers straight from starwars stormtroopers and gay jokes that were funny several years ago.

    There are some decent moments here and there though but the rebel lady and the democracy won at the end is so cringe that I’m not sure it was sarcasm.

    I think I’m getting old.

    August 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    Cataline
    Although, I will grant that he brought a few moments of subtle remorse to Peacemaker that I really didn’t think he could manage.

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    eh? after watching Cena’s Chi-Com suckoff video you didn’t think he could manage to fake remorse?
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    oh, yes, SUBTLY fake remorse, gotcha. the China blowjob video certainly wasn’t very subtle.
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    Sanders Reply
    excesses of diversity, strong whamen ordering men around

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    even if not actual military, FedGov higher ups like to believe that their orders are Law. couple that with a psychopathic and vindictive whamen-of-color WHO HAS AN EXPLOSIVE CHARGE PLANTED IN YOUR NECK AND CAN LITERALLY BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF AT ANY MOMENT WITH NO CONSEQUENCES WHATSOEVER and, yeah, she just might be a bit pushy and obnoxious.
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    just the trailer shot of Harley outrunning the falling building was so stupid it was enough to put me off of wasting time watching this movie.

    August 10, 2021 at 12:54 am
  • Corey Ashcraft Reply

    Cataline,

    Perhaps I’m in the minority but this movie was not fun. There are funny moments here and there and I liked Ratcatcher and King Shark but mostly found this film……bland and like every other movie of late anti-American in its choice of “real villains”. I liked the previous Suicide Squad better. This really needed Will Smith’s Deadshot to advance the plot and pick up previous storyline from the first film. It also mishandled Captain Boomerang, whom I thought, was the underrated star of the first film. I do agree though that this was by far the best handling of Harley Quinn that I’ve seen yet.

    I’m surprised that you didn’t mention the meta message regarding the character Weasel. Gross, off-putting and specifically noted as being a child murderer.

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    He survives the movie after a gruesome amount of punishment. It seems to me that this is a big James Gunn F-U to everyone in that this character surviving is the one he identifies with. It’s so subtle enough not to overwhelm the movie and unless you knew about the controversy with Disney, it’s blink and you’ll miss it. For me, however, it really stood out and said a lot about what James Gunn thinks is appropriate fate for such actions.

    August 10, 2021 at 1:44 am
  • Marielle Reply

    No, it is not goddamn irrelevant. Stop giving this evil industry your money.

    FFS… what is wrong with you all?

    August 10, 2021 at 1:59 am
    • jorgen b Reply

      I agree. And not only can I not support them due to their politics, but also due to not putting a 2 in the title.

      August 10, 2021 at 3:47 am
    • L. Beau Macaroni Reply

      Agreed. And if you gotta watch more of this stuff, (and I got tired of superheroes after “Age of Ultron”) then pirate it!

      August 10, 2021 at 9:51 pm
    • Bryce Reply

      It’s a good movie. Deal with it.

      August 14, 2021 at 7:30 am
  • jorgen b Reply

    But it already came out like 5 years ago, so why they releasing it again?

    August 10, 2021 at 3:46 am
    • furor kek tonicus Reply

      perhaps you’re joking? if not, inattentive. or maybe they all look the same …
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      “Suicide Squad” was released in 2016 and starred Will Smith
      “The Suicide Squad” is being released in 2021 and stars Idris Elba.
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      the story lines are much different.

      August 10, 2021 at 5:40 am
      • jorgen b Reply

        Its joke about how dumb they are to thing putting “the” rather than “2” in the name is a good idea. Lots of people are gonna think they already saw it.

        August 10, 2021 at 9:42 pm
  • Codex Reply

    Too dark, too vile, too little, too late. Pass.

    August 10, 2021 at 6:21 am
  • Brick Hardslab Reply

    No way no how you can ignore the foul subtext of the weasel character combined with the lines like, ‘Angels spl00ging all over you.”

    When you consider the foul monstrous things he’s said and done.

    The movie was a big middle finger with no redeeming qualities.

    August 10, 2021 at 3:04 pm
  • Carl Hardwick Reply

    @Dark Herald

    “And Suicide Squad is very definitely not-Woke.”

    Suicide Squad is completely soaked in woke. The depressing thing is that wokeness has embedded itself so deeply, hardly anyone noticed it in The Suicide Squad. Hat tips to @Adam, @Sanders, @furor kek tonicus, and @Corey Ashcraft from this comment thread, those readers commented on the rot,

    Woke 2021 means transgender content. Woke before 2021 meant wahmin in charge (especially black wahmin), gay pandering, all the wahmin are fugly, black men are in command, being explicitly anti-American is required and all white men are evil and incompetent.

    The Suicide Squad leaves out the transgender crap, but includes everything else.

    A dictatorial, all powerful black wahmin runs everything. Viola Davis is totally unbelievable and laughable as a manager. When she attempts to capriciously use her authority to murder at will, *another* black wahmin intervenes, attacks Davis and takes control. All the white members of the team are venal, incompetent and meekly surrender to their equally incompetent black wahmin overlords.

    A black man is given command of the squad, even though he admits he has no experience or ability to lead. The two white males are American patriots but they both come to bad ends. The patriotic American attacks the super patriotic American.

    The super patriotic American is about to murder a POC female who also happens to be a member of the team. Conclusion? American patriotism leads to betrayal of fellow soldier. Gunn and WB probably thought it was a lucky coincidence that the actor who plays the super American patriot was revealed to be a CCP boot licker in real life. Then the super patriotic CCP bootlicking American is defeated by the more ethical and more competent European black “commander”.

    The American government is the ultimate evil, authorizing and subsidizing extreme and horrifying medical experiments on the women and children of another country. The mission isn’t to eliminate a terrible and evil threat to all mankind but to cover up the American government’s involvement in the “worse than Nazi” mass murder that America asked for.

    All but one of the wahmin are fugly. The one beautiful women is portrayed as psychotic and is made to look ugly. But of course Robbie is shown to easily defeat scores of POC males, or, as Critical Drinker would say, bunches of accommodating stunt men.

    At first I thought it was a good thing that the few fugly women were kept covered up. But then Gunn subjects the audience to long lovingly constructed scenes of nearly naked men.

    The movie bombed at the box office and deservedly so.

    It’s not worth even a voyage to the high seas.

    August 10, 2021 at 3:24 pm
  • The Dark Herald Reply

    ADAM IS NOW BANNED.

    August 10, 2021 at 4:31 pm
  • Crazy Dave Reply

    boring-ass piece of shit film.

    next.

    August 10, 2021 at 5:18 pm
  • Wazdaka Reply

    Watched this last night
    It’s dumb stupid gory joke filled fun
    I enjoyed it
    Thanks for the recommendation darkie herald

    August 18, 2021 at 3:27 pm

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