The Suicide Squad is a dark, humorous, and superior sequel to the last one.


James Gunn has DC firing again with an anarchic reboot for the supervillian superteam.

The schools have broken up on schedule, the weather has taken a turn for the worse and superheroes, superstars and talking animals are battling it out at the multiplexes.

After 18 months of madness, it seems like a return to some semblance of normality. Although there isn’t a lot normal, or for that matter kid-friendly, about the new DC movie.

Pitched somewhere between a reboot and a sequel, this is a violent, foul-mouthed and gleefully bonkers attempt to the wrongs of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

While that 2016 film, a bland comic book Dirty Dozen, felt like it was made by committee (I suspect the plastic toy person had a prominent seat), The Suicide Squad (the definite article, it seems, has become edgy) is the product of a very singular mind.

The individual in question is writer-director James Gunn, the man behind Marvel’s surprise 2014 hit Guardians Of The Galaxy.

After he was fired from the second sequel over old off-brand tweets, Gunn was a risky signing for DC’s beleagured franchise.

But you can see it pay off in a gloriously off-kilter first act. As an menagerie of minor DC villains are sprung from prison to raid a South American island, it’s like watching the po-faced DC Universe tear itself apart.

After a bravura twist, Gunn’s leads emerge from a very crowded pack – Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and King Shark, a hungry CGI fish god amusingly voiced by Slyvester Stallone.

There are striking action scenes, a dastardly turn from Peter Capaldi and a refreshingly unpredictable plot.

“I cherish peace with all my heart,” says Cena’s patriotic superhero. “I don’t care how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it.”

I would have liked to have been funnier and the future of the DC Universe is looking deliciously dark.


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