James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has raised a lot of inquiries concerning its relationship to the original Suicide Squad – is it a sequel? is it a reboot? is it an independent? – yet with the film delivered, just one inquiry genuinely matters: is it better? Gunn making The Suicide Squad brings things round trip. The 2016 film, composed and coordinated by David Ayer, drew a great deal of comparisons to Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly from its trailers, however they weren’t ideal for the DCEU film upon discharge.
The Suicide Squad brings together a portion of those Guardians of the Galaxy influences, the initial promise of the main Suicide Squad, and Gunn’s sensibilities as a producer with bloody ghastliness roots. It’s an intense speculative chemistry, and keeping in mind that The Suicide Squad makes them return characters and entertainers from the 2016 film – Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) – it is generally an exceptional encounter, and one with a totally different outcome as far as quality as well.
The returning characters in The Suicide Squad give maybe the most clear indication of its shift away from the original film, as most are rather unique to how they were depicted in Suicide Squad. On account of Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the previous Dr. Harleen Quinzel has gone through another film of development, and that continues in The Suicide Squad. The Harley of the main Suicide Squad had a certainty and cockiness that generally originated from her relationship with the Joker, yet there were additionally indications of Mr. J’s maltreatment towards her under, while she was additionally excessively sexualized in the film in a way that felt modest and to a great extent pointless.
2021’s The Suicide Squad additionally flaunts a lot neater story. In the 2016 film, it was harmed as a result of what amount hinged on Enchantress and the semi-regular interruptions by the Joker, leading to a plot that was both obfuscated and tasteless. The Suicide Squad’s excursion to Corto Maltese feels somewhat clear by comparison, however it moves in some exciting unexpected developments – the opening stunt of the Task Force X redirection group is a virtuoso film to launch the activity, and it permits the movie to convey one significant thing the original didn’t: really killing off a great deal of characters, delivering on the whole promise of the Suicide Squad as an idea. Again, it doesn’t all work – a portion of the redirections to Harley’s story before she joins the main gathering feel a little like an over the top distraction – however generally it’s a story that permits its characters to shine, its activity groupings to excite, and its characters to bite the dust.
That takes into consideration a superior villain as well. Indeed, even on a surface level, Starro the Conqueror looks immensely better than Enchantress and Incubus, as it’s few levels above as far as the CGI and the brilliant tones are undeniably more visually appealing. But at the same time he’s a lot bigger, more reasonable danger, to the point where it’s practically incredulous that Task Force X is dealing with Starro and not the Justice League. Simultaneously, Starro’s positioning as an outsider caught and tortured more than quite a few years by The Thinker (Peter Capaldi) brings with it a feeling of pity for the person. He might be a pink and blue kaiju-sized starfish destroying a whole nation, but there’s a misery and distress there, with a justifiable displeasure to him also. It’s incredible person work, and intelligent of The Suicide Squad in general.