Suicide Squad

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Although Suicide Squad was not a hit with the critics, the film had an astounding opening weekend. The critically-panned film had a record-setting opening weekend of $132 million. Audience reactions have been somewhat mixed, but with such a strong opening weekend, it’ no surprise that there is already talk of a sequel surrounding the bad guys of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The cast is already signed for multi-film commitments, so who knows what will happen in a potential sequel. Director David Ayer has a few ideas as well.

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Suicide Squad marks the 3rd movie from the DC/Warner Bros cinematic universe that has caused much divide between critics and fans. Coming off the highly critically displeased reception of Batman V Superman, the so-called movie experts are tearing SS apart for its jarring plot, erratic editing, and vapid characters; including but not limited to: the misogynistic treatment of Harley Quinn (those  booty shorts kept getting shorter and shorter) and the racial stereotypes of El Diablo being a Mexican gang banger, and Killer Croc being a reptile skinned black guy who wants to watch BET (to watch white girls Twerk no less). Meanwhile, the fans, have been a little more forgiving. The DC loyalists relished in films boss soundtrack of classic rock anthems, its youthful edge style (If Hot Topic could be a movie, this would be it) and the badassery of break away characters like Viola Davis‘  unapologetically brutal Amander Waller, Margo Robbie’s barb-tongued spitfire Harley Quinn and Will Smith‘s “no time for bullshit” Deadshot. These are characters people want to see more of.

So what’s the deal? Why is there such a divide – why does a film like Suicide Squad get a 26% Rating from Critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71%  Audience Score? Well, that’s what the Internet is for – to fight, bicker, and assert opinion over someone else’s fandom. Tell you what, though, John Ostrander, creator of the Suicide Squad comics, has a different theory. He thinks it’s because critics just “came prepared to hate”. (more…)

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Despite the strong and growing negativity in regards to Suicide Squad, the movie made a lot of money over the weekend to set the record for the biggest August opening ever. As these things go, the more money you make, the more you attract people who want to take that money, and so it goes with this latest “Say What?!?!” story surrounding the new David Ayer movie. So what’s going on now? Well, one Redditor is screaming mad about the lack of Joker in the theatrical cut of the movie, and he’s ready to take his outrage all the way to court. (more…)

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While Suicide Squad did have a record-breaking weekend bringing in $135 million at the box office, many fans and critics aren’t exactly happy with the final product of David Ayer‘s hard work. Jared Leto‘s Joker did seem dark within the PG-13 bounds of the film’s ratings, but some fans wanted the movie to go the Full “R” Monty like Deadpool. Since we didn’t get that, and any potential sequel from Warner Bros. will most likely follow the PG-13 rating. If you’re hankering for a darker Joker, look no further than the recently released fan film The Laughing Man. (more…)

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Although the critics took a bat to Suicide Squad, metaphorically-speaking, all that negative criticism seems to have had no affect on the film’s box office. In desperate need of an unequivocal hit, Warner Bros. seems to have gotten it with the latest DC Extended Universe film about a group of super-villains being entrusted to save the world, and Warners’ entrusted them to deliver a hit. Mission: accomplished. Now, not only is Suicide Squad the first superhero film to star the villains, and not only is it the first DCEU movie not to have Zack Snyder’s stink on it, but it’s now the most moneymaking movie ever released in August. (more…)

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While it’s true that Suicide Squad made some serious bank this weekend, it also generated some serious concerns in fans as many are walking out of the movie to varying degrees of disappointed. One can’t help but flashback to the reaction to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which had its defenders, but was by and large greeted negatively. And then, all hopes were weighed on the “Ultimate Edition”, that the scenes cut from the movie to make it slimmer for mass consumption would make Batman V. Superman better. With rumors circling that the studio, Warner Bros., pushed director David Ayer to make certain cuts, might an “Ultimate Edition” of Suicide Squad be in the offing, and what would that look like? (more…)

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Suicide Squad is not off to a great start. The antihero film focusing on Task Force X has not been the recipient of great reviews. Currently holding a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is continuing the trend from Batman v Superman and is outputting a product that many do not like. Most of the reviews have been mixed-to-negative for what was hoping to save a pretty bland summer blockbuster season. However, all is not lost of the anticipated film.

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When the reviews for Suicide Squad started breaking earlier this week, the news was, um, not good. A lot of people were hoping that critics might give the film the old “thumbs up” rubber stamp, and while there hasn’t been a chorus of non-stop negativity like the one that greeted Batman V. SupermanSuicide Squad was still ranked a dud on that root of all evil, Rotten Tomatoes. On the bright side, it still looks like Suicide Squad is going to collect massive bank over the weekend, so does what the critics say matter in this instance? If you ask the cast and crew, the answer is “No.” (more…)

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Stan Lee. Not only is he one of, if not the most, influential all fathers of comic books, he’s also one of the great orators of our time. This is a man who was once asked if digital comics would replace actual comics and famously said “Comics are like boobs. They look great on a computer, but I’d rather hold one in my hand”. He speaks. We listen.

In a moment that is clearly being blown out of proportions, at the premier for Suicide Squad,  director David Ayer said “F*ck Marvel!” while responding to a fan that said that same thing. David Ayer quickly took to Twitter to apologize, saying that he got caught up in the moment. Ayer was just a guy pumping up the building and confident in his movie.  Despite the apology, the outburst triggered fans. Hard.

The great Stan Lee has responded to the remarks by David Ayer, settling the matter indefinitely.  (more…)

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There’s been a flurry of Internet angst over the critical reviews of David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad. The embargo on review postings lifted and the early news from critics was not good. Currently Suicide Squad has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and some fans even started and then removed a petition which received over 15,000 signatures to remove Rotten Tomatoes from the internet of all things. It’s been a whirlwind of on social media and forum comments, often turning quite nasty very quickly. Director Patty Jenkins took a break from editing Wonder Woman to check out Warner Bros. and DC‘s latest superhero flick and came away confused. Confused at why those critics panned the film the way they did. (more…)