It’s Not Just The Villains That Are Bad: A Review of “Suicide Squad”

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.

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Infinite Canvas Podcast 4/1/16

On this week’s (late) edition of the Infinite Canvas podcast, Dan and Mike talk about DC’s upcoming Rebirth relaunch, review issue 35 of Saga, and introduce the “Trade Waiting” feature. This feature will chronicle a series that has recently come to trade paperback format, with this week’s review being on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor