Comparing ‘Suicide Squad’ To Animated Adventure ‘Assault On Arkham’

ss vs. aaDavid Ayer’s Suicide Squad has been out for just over a week now. The director himself referred to his film as DC’s very own Dirty Dozen, but one comparison many DC fans made was to the animated adventure Batman: Assault on Arkham. Set in the ‘Arkham-verse’ (the series of video games by Rocksteady and WB Montreal), Assault on Arkham was a Suicide Squad movie not so discreetly disguised as a Batman film. Centring on Task Force X (more commonly known as the Suicide Squad) and only using Batman as a secondary character, the animated movie received positive critical acclaim (unlike Ayer’s own Squad adventure).

When Suicide Squad was first officially announced, many people wondered whether Ayer’s movie would take any inspiration from the DCAU instalment. Now the movie’s been out for just over a week, I think it’s time to take a look at the two movies and see how many similarities (and differences) there are. So, hit next and let’s do this thing! Warning, spoilers ahead for both Suicide Squad and Assault on Arkham.

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Sam Easton

Sam Easton

Young, aspiring screenwriter. Part time student, full time geek. Based in the UK.

  • Carl

    I really liked Assault on Arkham, it was the reason I was initially excited by the announcement of the SS movie. It’s too bad that the movie was only a pale imitation.

    Also yeah about that idea of seeing Batman from the villain’s side, where was that? He was supposed to be terrifying to them but he never came off that way in the movie.

  • DarkoCool

    SS is a fine movie but Assault on Arkham edges it out for me.

  • SAMURAI36

    The whole Joker complain for SS is really silly. As the article states, Joker is the main villain for AoA, but he’s clearly not for SS. He’s not in the film more, simply because it’s not his film.

    When the Batman solo film comes out, then that complaint can be made.

    • Chris Schroeder

      I’ve yet to watch Assault on Arkham, is it worth it?
      And to be honest, I’m glad the Joker wasn’t in SS more than he was. It wasn’t about him and it would have felt forced. I was happy seeing him pestering them along the way and I’ll be excited to see him front and center facing off against Batman in an actual Batman movie

      • SAMURAI36

        AoA was a great animated film. Lots of action, a decent amount of Batman, and the SS doing what they do best. It’s similar to the SS movie, but different.

        And totally agree about the Joker.

        • Chris Schroeder

          Awesome. Working third shift now so I’ll be downloading it on Amazon in a bit lol.
          Just re watched all of JLA and JLA Unlimited on Netflix, followed it with Flashpoint and that newer JL animated movie, so now I’m in the mood for some more DC animation lol

          • SAMURAI36

            Then make sure you watch Young Justice, as well as GL:TAS. Both are top notch.

            Also, I loved Batman: Bad Blood. And you can’t go wrong with Batman: UTRH.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Loved Under the Red Hood, I’m a Jensen Ackles fan and thought he did a great job with that.
            Young Justice was pretty goo as well, the Green Lantern one.. was that the CGI one from a few years ago?

          • SAMURAI36

            Yep, that’s the one.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Never saw it back then, but I’ll check it now.
            Another one I loved was Batman Beyond and the Return of The Joker

          • SAMURAI36

            Loved those as well. Along with Mystery of the Batwoman.

          • Chris Schroeder

            I still need to watch Public Enemies, Doom, New Frontier and War

          • Chris Schroeder

            I still need to watch Public Enemies, Doom, New Frontier and War

          • SAMURAI36
          • Chris Schroeder

            I can’t wait for that. Also, whats your opinion on the Keanu Reeves version of Constantine as opposed to the tv version?

          • SAMURAI36

            Well, clearly the TV show is the more faithful rendition, & as far as I’m concerned, Matt Ryan IS Constantine, much in the same way that (IMO) Affleck, Cavill, Robbie, & Davis simply ARE Batman, Superman, Harley & Waller.

            However, thats not to discount the movie in the slightest. That film is one of my fave comic book movies, hands down.

          • Chris Schroeder

            I’d have to agree, excellent casting all around yet somehow the original film still stays one of my favorites

          • SAMURAI36
  • Darthmanwe

    I liked SS just fine, but let’s be real. Everyone and their mother knows Assault on Arkham is the superior ‘film’ in terms of flow and editing, but that’s because you can easily rework scenes in animation.

    P.S.: Troy Baker does an amazing Mark Hamill in AoA.