Evaluate: James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is like The Boys on steroids

Don't call it a reboot: Margot Robbie stars in James Gunn's <em>The Suicide Squad</em>

Enlarge / Do not name it a reboot: Margot Robbie stars in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (credit score: Warner Bros.)

Fan enthusiasm has been excessive main as much as the premiere of The Suicide Squad, James “Do not Name It a Reboot” Gunn’s band-of-misfit-supervillains homage to the traditional 1967 movie The Soiled Dozen (amongst many different influences).  That enthusiasm was not misplaced. This tenth installment within the DCEU is a fast-paced, blood-soaked, wildly irreverent escapade that skillfully balances gore and goofiness, with equal quantities of irreverence and sincerity. Suppose The Boys pumped up on a steroids.

(Some spoilers under however no main reveals.)

As I’ve written beforehand, The Suicide Squad isn’t a direct sequel to the 2016 movie directed by David Ayer. Gunn needed to take the franchise in a brand new course and introduce new characters. However Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis do reprise their 2016 roles as Col. Rick Flag, the squad’s understandably jaded discipline chief, and Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller, respectively. Steve Agee performs John Economos, jail warden and aide to Waller.  As with the 2016 movie, the titular squad consists totally of felony supervillains, led by Flag, beneath the authority of Waller. Waller vegetation nanite bombs of their necks to maintain them moderately beneath management, promising to shorten their sentences if their missions are efficiently fulfilled.

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