Directed by: David Ayer
Written by: David Ayer
Produced by: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Other cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne
Release date: August 1, 2016 (Beacon Theatre), August 5, 2016 (United States)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Running time: 2h 3min
Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.
In the aftermath of Superman’s death, as depicted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, intelligence operative Amanda Wallerassembles Task Force X, a team of dangerous criminals—former psychiatrist Harley Quinn; elite hit man Deadshot; pyrokineticex-gangster El Diablo; opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang; monstrous cannibal Killer Croc; and specialized assassin Slipknot—at Belle Reve Penitentiary and places them under command of Colonel Rick Flag, to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Each member has a small bomb implanted in their neck, designed to detonate should any member rebel or try to escape.
One of Waller’s intended recruits is Flag’s girlfriend, Dr. June Moone, a former archaeologist who is possessed by a witch-goddess known as “Enchantress” after touching a cursed idol. Enchantress quickly turns on everyone, deciding to eradicate mankind for imprisoning her. She besieges Midway City with a horde of monsters, begins creating a weapon, and summons her brother Incubus to assist her. Waller then deploys the squad to extract a high-profile mark from Midway. However, the squad is briefed and put under the impression that what is going on in the city is a terrorist attack.
Ahead of their departure, they are joined by Katana, who wields a mystic sword and acts as Flag’s bodyguard. Harley’s lover, theJoker, finds out about her predicament and tortures Griggs, one of Waller’s men, into leading him to the facility where the nano bombs are made. He blackmails one of the scientists involved in the program into disabling Harley’s bomb. On their approach their helicopter is shot down, forcing them to proceed on foot to their target. On the way, Boomerang convinces Slipknot that the bombs are a ruse meant to keep them under control. Slipknot attempts to escape and is killed, while the team is attacked by Enchantress’ minions. The team manages to escape to their final destination at a safe room, where they learn that their mark is Waller herself, who is attempting to cover up her involvement.
The squad escorts Waller to the rooftop for extraction, but the arriving helicopter has been hijacked by the Joker and his men, who open fire on the squad while Harley climbs aboard. However, the helicopter is shot down by Waller’s men, and Harley jumps out while the Joker seemingly perishes in the explosion, after which Harley rejoins the squad. Alerted to Waller’s whereabouts, Enchantress’ minions arrive and kidnap her. Deadshot finds secret files and learns the truth about Enchantress. Deadshot confronts Flag, who confesses the truth, causing the squad members and Katana to leave Flag. With Waller compromised, Flag relieves the squad of the mission, but chooses to continue. Realizing they have an opportunity to prove themselves, they soon rejoin him and locate Enchantress and Waller at a partially flooded subway station. A group of Navy SEALs, led by Lieutenant GQ Edwards, and Killer Croc go underwater to plant a bomb underneath Incubus while the squad fights Enchantress and her forces. El Diablo embraces his abilities and manages to hold Incubus down as the bomb goes off underneath, killing them both as well as Edwards.
The squad members battle Enchantress together, but are ultimately defeated. Enchantress offers to fulfill their deepest desires in exchange for their allegiance, and Harley feigns interest to accept in order to get close enough to cut out Enchantress’s heart. Just after, Killer Croc throws explosives into the weapon and Deadshot shoots them, destroying the weapon. Flag takes Enchantress’s heart and crushes it, killing Enchantress and freeing June. Waller, still alive, emerges and the squad members are returned to Belle Reve with ten years taken off their sentences. All but Captain Boomerang are allowed special privileges. In a mid-credits scene, Waller meets with Bruce Wayne, who agrees to protect her from the backlash of Enchantress’s rampage in exchange for access to the government’s files on the expanding metahuman community.
Trivia & Goofs
- The majority of the cast and crew got the tattoo “SKWAD” in honor of this film. The tattoos were even applied by some of the cast members, Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
- In May 2016, Warner Bros. announced that Margot Robbie would reprise her role as Harley Quinn in an upcoming Untitled Harley Quinn Project, which she would also produce. Not much has been revealed about the project, but it is rumored to be focused on the female heroes and villains of the DC Universe.
- Jared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he wouldn’t break out of character on set even when he wasn’t filming. He even sent his fellow cast members “Joker-like” presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie and bullets to Will Smith, a soiled Playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and a dead hog, anal beads and used condoms for the whole crew. Scott Eastwood commented that Leto frightened him at times with his behavior, and Smith mentioned that he actually never met the real Leto.
- Harley Quinn wields an umbrella that is red and black, which is her original color scheme from Batman: The Animated Series (1992). She also wields a baseball bat, her trademark weapon from the “Batman: Arkham” video games.
- The Ace Chemicals scene where Joker finishes Harley’s transformation was initially longer in the original cut, with Harley jumping into the chemicals and with more bits of dialogue from Joker.
- Margot Robbie revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 that although the cast members of the squad had extensive rehearsals together, she and Jared Leto did not rehearse prior to filming their scenes. She and director David Ayer felt it added to the unpredictability and madness of Harley Quinn and The Joker.
- The baseball bat used by Harley Quinn was given to Kevin Smith as a “thank you” for hosting Dawn of the Justice League (2016).
- The strip club Harley Quinn is shown in is The Joker’s “smile and grin.”
- During the first scenes of Harley Quinn’s origins, there is a montage that includes Margot Robbie dancing with The Joker while wearing the original red and black Harlequin suit her character was invented with in the 1990s. This shot is inspired by artist Alex Ross’s painted cover for “Batman: Harley Quinn #1,” which was the character’s official entry into DC Comic’s main universe.
- Early cuts of the film included more interaction with Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, with Harley severely disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad.
- This film is the first official live-action appearance of the following characters: Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot, Enchantress, and Rick Flag. Katana, Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, and Deadshot had already previously appeared in Arrow (2012) with Deadshot also appearing in The Flash (2014) and Smallville (2001) and Waller previously appearing in Smallville (2001), and Green Lantern (2011). Joker’s most iconic appearances were in Batman (1989) and The Dark Knight (2008).
- The Batmobile chase scene with Batman pursuing Harley Quinn and Joker was originally longer, with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car.
- While reading the comic books in preparation to direct the film, David Ayer had Margot Robbie in mind for the role of Harley Quinn. However, Emma Roberts was offered for the role by Warner Bros., but she turned it down to star in Scream Queens (2015).Olivia Thirlby, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Emma Watson,Emily Browning, Zooey Deschanel, Lily Collins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sara Paxton,Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood were also considered for the role of Harley Quinn.
- A bar scene with Harley taking everyone’s orders was featured in several trailers but was edited for the theatrical release. In the scene Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants and he prefers water which she jokes, “is a good idea.” In the finished film it cuts directly to Deadshot’s speech about them all almost pulling the mission off.
- Harley’s choker necklace has the word “puddin” written on it. This is one of the many pet names she used in the animated series when speaking to The Joker.
- Margot Robbie has stated that if she wasn’t cast as Harley Quinn she would like to attempt to play Amanda Waller.
- This will be Will Smith’s and Margot Robbie’s second movie together after Focus (2015).
- Margot Robbie kept Harley Quinn’s jacket and baseball bat.
Reviews & Reception
Suicide Squad received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 26%, based on 284 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren’t enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 53 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale.
Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers wrote, “DC Comics tries something different with Suicide Squad, an all-star collection of crime fighting villains—and the result is anything but super.” Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair said, “Suicide Squad is just bad. It’s ugly and boring, a toxic combination that means the film’s highly fetishized violence doesn’t even have the exciting tingle of the wicked or the taboo.” Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern heavily criticized the film saying, “In a word, Suicide Squad is trash. In two words, it’s ugly trash.” He further said, it “amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment,” and called the film a product of “shameless pandering”.
Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film B− saying, “Suicide Squad kicks off with fizzy, punk-rock ferocity before turning flat and spiraling into familiar formulas,” and called Jared Leto’s “scene-stealing” Joker “wasted” and “stranded in the periphery”. He concluded by saying, “For DC, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap.” IGN gave the film 5.9/10, saying: “Suicide Squad is a decidedly different flavor than Batman v Superman. It goes for subversive, funny and stylish, and it succeeds wildly during the first act. But then the movie turns into something predictable and unexciting.” Drew McWeeny from HitFix gave it a positive review, writing “Suicide Squad is not the darkest mainstream superhero comic book movie ever made, nor is it even the darkest live-action film featuring Batman ever made. However, it is gleefully nihilistic, and it takes a different approach to what has become a fairly familiar story form at this point, right at the moment when it feels like superhero movies either have to evolve or die.” Brian Truitt from USA Today wrote, “Compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment.”
Jared Leto’s and Margot Robbie’s performances as The Joker and Harley Quinn, respectively, were widely praised, with many critics eager to see more of the characters in future films.Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, said that Robbie “nailed” the character. David Fear of Rolling Stone, however, wrote that the “biggest letdown is the way the movie underserves both Harley and the actor playing her”, and that one “can’t forgive nearly ruining a complex, iconic character who deserves way better than this”. Richard Lawson criticised her similarly, writing that “most fans of Harley Quinn—male, female, gay, straight—will be disappointed”
On July 11, 2015 Margot and the “Suicide Squad” cast — minus Jared Leto– made their first appearance at Warner Bros. Presentation during Comic Con International, in San Diego. The very first footage of Margot as Harley Quinn, where she licked her jail cell and did aerial splits in her cage, was released on that same day.
On April 9, 2016 Margot attended MTV Movie Awards with Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto and Will Smith. The foursome were at the award show to release an exclusive trailer of “Suicide Squad”. The cast made yet another appearance on April 12, 2016 as they attended CinemaCon where they answered to some questions regarding the movie and their characters.
On July 23, 2016 Margot and the “Suicide Squad” begun the movie’s promotion. Margot attended several events, such as Comic Con International, Press Conferences, Fan Events and Premieres. Bellow you find gallery links for each event Margot and the cast have attended while promoting the movie.
Margot also made a couple of TV appearances solo and with the cast, to promote the movie. Bellow you will find a list of the appearances, followed by a link direct to photos and videos.
|1.||“Purple Lamborghini”||Skrillex & Rick Ross||3:35|
|2.||“Sucker for Pain”||Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons||4:03|
|3.||“Heathens”||Twenty One Pilots||3:15|
|4.||“Standing in The Rain”||Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach||3:22|
|6.||“Know Better”||Kevin Gates||3:27|
|7.||“You Don’t Own Me”||Grace feat. G-Eazy||3:19|
|9.||“Wreak Havoc”||Skylar Grey||3:48|
|11.||“Bohemian Rhapsody”||Panic! At The Disco||6:03|
|12.||“Slippin’ Into Darkness”||War||3:48|
|13.||“Fortunate Son”||Creedence Clearwater Revival||2:21|
|14.||“I Started a Joke”||ConfidentialMX feat. Becky Hanson||3:10|
|• Blitz Trailer
• On Set Interview
• Movie B-Roll
• Official Comic Con Soundtrack
|• “Puppet Masters” Promo
• “Harley” Promo
• “Bad VS Evil” Featurette
• Harley Quinn Therapy