Suicide Squad has been the film on everyone's lips this summer, whether that's for positive or negative reasons is another question. So what exactly is the DC film about?
Well, intelligence office Amanda Waller (Viola Davies) assembles a team of incarcerated super villains for a top-secret mission. The Suicide Squad, made up of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and other villains, are supplied with powerful weapons by the US government. The squad have to defeat the powers attacking earth, whilst also contenting with the Joker (Jared Leto) and his antics.
Now, onto the controversy that the film has sparked. Having received a plethora of scathing reviews and a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems that the film may not have lived up to the hype.
Fans have actually launched a Change.org petition to try and shut down Rotten Tomatoes, Abdullah Coldwater started the petition stating "Critics always give the DC Extended Universe movies unjust bad reviews". Whether this is true or not will be decided tomorrow (August 5th) when the film is released.
Reviews such as that from Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair who states "Not fun bad. Not redeemable bad. Not the kind of bad that is the unfortunate result of artists honourably striving for something ambitious and falling short".
An article by Buzzfeed's Alison Fillmore entitled "How 'Suicide Squad' uses and abuses Harley Quinn" raised some interesting points. Stating "She's meant to be fun in her I'm so crazy way but she's also a woman in an abusive relationship the movie has no idea how to handle" Adding, "Sure, Harley is a tricky character, but she's been shaped into an intensely sexualised mascot for a film that yearns for edginess, but can't get over the rounded curves of its female lead".
Having not seen the film yet, we can't comment too harshly, but a look at the film's trailer does point towards this. DC needed a strong female lead, they've only ever had men play their leads, and it was a real chance to create a film that had a woman play a multifaceted, deep character that was more than just being a pretty face and there to boost male egos.
But the trailer for Suicide Squad doesn't point towards Harley Quinn's intelligence, sacrifice, or abusive relationship with the Joker. No, you only see her take her top off and pop bubblegum.
The bad reviews will likely have a very small impact on the opening weekend's performance, and may have even helped to sensationalise and heighten the buzz around the film. Lets hope it's another Deadpool scenario, where the critics ripped it apart only to find that the public thought it was brilliant.
If Harley Quinn's character truly is as shallow and an obvious product of misogyny then it will be a great shame, because Margot Robbie is talented and it is a real chance to challenge Hollywood's sexism.
Photo Credit: Digital Spy, WireImage
Video Credit: Comicbook.com YouTube
Like this post? Hit the heart to save it to your profile.