Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ attempt at rivaling Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe is a valiant effort, and I can’t stress that enough. The execs at WB and DC are in a position I would loathe to be in. If only they had one universally liked film under their belt — something akin to Marvel’s first entry in their MCU, 2008’s Iron Man — I’d feel less bad for DC. But so far, the DC Extended Universe’s track record has been unsatisfactory following the lukewarm receptions of 2013’s Man of Steel, and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which saw its release this past March.
Hoping to appeal to a wider audience — one that’s riding on the hype of more comedic comic book movies like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy — DC’s latest attempt is writer/director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which comes off as a direct response to Marvel’s Guardians. Sadly, and I really hate to say this, but it may be the DCEU’s worst film yet. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s downright terrible.