Suicide Squad is a superhero film that was released in 2016. Directed and written by David Ayer, the film is based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name.
It is part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which includes other superhero films such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Wonder Woman.
Released in 2016, it boats an all-star cast and performed well at the box office, grossing over $746 million worldwide.
But what is Suicide Squad all about and is it worth watching?
What Is Suicide Squad About?
A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (viola Davis) assembles a team of dangerous super-villains known as the Suicide Squad.
The team is comprised of Deadshot (Will Smith), a skilled marksman; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), a psychiatrist-turned-criminal with a twisted sense of humour; Boomerang (Jai Courtney), an expert in throwing boomerangs; El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a former gang member with pyrokinetic abilities; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a mutated reptilian humanoid; and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), an ancient and powerful sorceress.
Waller's plan is to use the Suicide Squad to carry out high-risk missions in exchange for reduced sentences. However, when the Enchantress goes rogue and unleashes her dark powers, threatening to destroy the world, the squad is deployed to stop her. Along the way, they face dangerous adversaries and must confront their own inner demons.
Led by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), a military officer, the Suicide Squad embarks on a perilous mission to save humanity. They must work together, despite their differences and personal agendas, to overcome the odds and prevent a catastrophic disaster.
As the team battles against the Enchantress and her minions, they discover the true meaning of heroism and the importance of redemption.
Suicide Squad Official Trailer
Is Suicide Squad Worth Watching?
Suicide Squad is either a movie you are into or you're not. You either love Marvel and DC or have no interest in superhero movies. If you like them then this will be right up your street.
Deviating from the squeaky clean superhero tropes, Suicide Squad was one of the first ‘anti-hero' films and embraced a darker and grittier tone compared to other superhero movies, providing a unique and edgy experience.
Visually, the movie is a stylistic treat with plenty of incredible action sequences. And then we have the performance from Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, a standout in the movie. You gotta hand it to Robbie, she does crazy really well!
There is a great soundtrack that is matched with excellent cinematography and editing to give it a real storyboard comic book feel. Plus Suicide Squad is also the first DC Comics movie win an Oscar. It won best achievement in makeup and hairstyling and it is easy to see why.
Thankfully when it comes to the plot, it's multi-dimensional, with plenty of layers to be peeled back. Throughout the film, and amidst the chaos, relationships are tested, loyalties are questioned, and sacrifices are made.
Overall, Suicide Squad is a solid movie that explores the complex dynamics between villains-turned-heroes and the blurred lines between good and evil in a world where extraordinary individuals are forced to come together for a greater cause.
Where Can You Watch Suicide Squad?
Despite being released in 2016, Suicide Squad is not widely available on streaming platforms.
In the UK you can find it on Sky Cinema and in the US on Max (formerly HBO).
Across Europe, you are most likely to find it on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or HBO Max if it is available in your country.
And if it isn't included in a streaming package, no matter where you live, you can rent it on Amazon.
How Many Suicide Squad Movies Are There?
To date there are THREE Suicide Squad movies. The first film, is Suicide Squad and was released in 2016 and directed by David Ayer.
Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie, followed as a spin-off in 2020.
And the third film, titled The Suicide Squad, was released in 2021 and directed by James Gunn. Robbie, Kinnaman, Davis, and Courtney all returned for the sequel.
The Cast Of Suicide Squad
Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot
Margot Robbie as Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn
Jared Leto as Joker
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag
Jai Courtney as George “Digger” Harkness/Captain Boomerang
Jay Hernandez as Chato Santana/El Diablo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones/Killer Croc
Cara Delevingne as June Moone/Enchantress
Karen Fukuhara as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana
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