6 Ways To Make The ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel Better

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Ah, Suicide Squad. What an interesting, frenzied child you were. The mega-hit for Warner Bros., and third entry into the burgeoning DCEU, was many things: entertaining, flawed, fun, weird, compromising, messy. Depending on who you ask, the film was either one of the worst disappointments of 2016 or one of the most enjoyable flicks of the year. We know most critics didn’t love it, and a lot of the general audience did. Me? I subscribe to the opinion of “It was cool, but that could have been better, right?”

I enjoyed the film, mostly. I have been a fan of the Suicide Squad since before the film was announced, reading some of the early New 52 volumes. They were OK books, but it was the idea of the squad that I thought was really genius. Gather some mid-level villains that otherwise are only marginally memorable, put them under the thumb of psycho power-hungry government official Amanda Waller, and force them to embark on impossible missions which serve her interest via neck explosives.

Really, that is such a great setup. You can go anywhere with that. Add in Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, while putting David Ayer behind the camera, and this is a can’t-lose situation. Only in film there is never really a fool-proof situation, no matter how good the talent or material involved. Something can always go wrong, not everything always adds up. Suicide Squad was an example of that.

Where exactly did it go wrong? It was a financial success, yes, but why wasn’t it the great film (not product) it had the potential to be? I thought about it a bit, and put together a few suggestions on how make the inevitable sequel a better movie.

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Andrew McBride

Andrew McBride

Just someone who loves film and TV, and likes to write about them.

  • CyrilEbonyc

    I don’t think you were too critical. Your points are common sense.

    • SAMURAI36

      His points reeked of bias. I can think of dozens of films (cough:MARVEL:cough) that this “advice” would apply to, but nobody would dare make these “critiques” to any of those films.

      • Chris W

        Do you want a tissue?

  • Person

    I wouldn’t be upset if they recasted Leto, but some of it has to do with the director, editing, and the script. Jared Leto is a good actor, and I feel like if given the right material and direction, he could be a great joker, not the horribly edited one we saw in theaters. The extended edition showed a that he had really great potential.

    That being said, Heath Ledger set the bar really really high for a joker. He was just too perfect as a joker.

    • Chris W

      He just had no purpose in that movie. If Leto’s Joker was in a great film where he was the main antagonist I gaurantee most of the detractors would be singing a different tune.

      That shoehorned narrative of Joker left a salty taste in a lot of peoples mouths I think, and maybe coloured peoples perspective on this iteration. If I take Joker out of that movie, and imagine him in a great Batman movie, I think it would be great.

  • Carl

    Yeah do all that stuff.

  • Origami Rose

    Three words – a great script

  • Nathan_12thMan

    So lets recap:

    1. Have a good script
    2. Don’t have a trailer company edit the movie
    3. Let the director make the movie
    4. Don’t buy into your own BS. Make a good movie and say so to the media
    5. Maybe recast a character

    Seems like these should be tenants to making any good film.

  • SAMURAI36

    This article is based on nothing but the continued false narrative that is spouted all around the internet. I haven’t seen Ayer himself, nor anyone else from WB confirm that Ayer wrote SS in 6 weeks.

    And to create an entire narrative on the idea that you BELIEVE this wasn’t Ayer’s movie is grossly disingenuous. To imply that it’s not his film, especially after he said it was his film, is a slap in the face not only to him, but also to filmmakers everywhere.

    You guys really need to stop trying to be armchair movie execs. You’re just fan(boys).

    • Kenny Ok

      yep david ayer says its his cut they say no. even when its from the directors mouth people will ignore it because it doesnt fit the narrative they want to push.
      also the media circus isnt from wb its actually from all the bloggers and commentators who run with the friend of a friend rumours to get clicks.

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely this. It’s a shame that people can’t see it, but that’s because of their own personal bias. It’s so frustrating to watch, because all it does is damage the brand in the long run.

        And when you point out that that’s what these “writers” are doing, they act like you are the one that’s crazy, even though the tactics they use are so paper thin.

      • Axxell

        …and yet Leto is on record saying that miles of footage was cut from his performance…a performance Ayer asked him to do…

        If you’re still in denial about this, then there’s no helping you.

        • Kenny Ok

          leto is not the director. the director is ayer. and not every actors scenes makes it into every movie. you pick on dc because it suits your hate mongering. If you cant see there is no hope for you.

          • Axxell

            If you think cutting almost half an actor’s performance to the point of infuriating him is equal to cutting a few shots here and there, then you really ARE indeed in denial.

          • Kenny Ok

            yep thats not the point the point is that the director says this is his cut. yet people still run with the story that it isnt because it doesnt suit their narrative. But thats not atypical in this post truth world, people dont care about facts or official sources if it doesnt suit the juicy bits of gossip they dream up in their head.

          • Axxell

            It doesn’t fit the fact that the movie was released in home video with additional runtime.

            It doesn’t fit the fact that one of it’s most prominent actors quite publicly criticized the movie for cutting an abnormal amount of footage from the theater release.

            It doesn’t fit the fact the movie itself was incoherent and didn’t even contain some major scenes promised in the advertisement material.

            And it doesn’t fit the historical evidence that says they’ve done this before (with BvS).

            So why should we believe a director with a vested interest in keeping his job would be inclined to criticize the company he works for, against all this evidence?

          • Kenny Ok

            right what about lord of the rings? or the early harry potter movies? all those had extened cuts. In fact WB has a history of doing extended cuts for dvds they think will sell well, How does that fit in with your evidence?

            the prominent actors scenes most likely werent very good, simple as!

            also the only evidence i have is the director saying the theatre cut is his cut. It is LITERALLY a quote from him. Everything else is you just imparting your own bullshit negative biases.

            It is very different from joss whedon complaining about what marvel did to Age of ultron, in that situation he actively complained about changes to his version. Or Alan taylor complaining about what marvel did to thor 2. In those situations the directors literally complained. So you should be complaining about these not one where the director literally says he put out his movie.

          • Axxell

            right what about lord of the rings? or the early harry potter movies? all those had extened cuts. In fact WB has a history of doing extended cuts for dvds they think will sell well, How does that fit in with your evidence?

            It shows WB is not as “director driven” as they pretend to be…they clearly have a different idea of what the movie should be, otherwise it would’ve been the same movie in theaters and at home.

            the prominent actors scenes most likely werent very good, simple as!

            If they were so bad as to not have been shown at all, then it shows either a) the director is horrible at DIRECTING actors, or b) the director is horrible at CASTING actors. Or c) like I said, this was really not his decision.

            And like I said, the advertisement for the movie quite noticeably showed some cuts that weren’t even shown on the final product…The fact they drew people in with material that was supposedly deemed “not very good”, shows a complete disconnect between the director and the production/marketing teams.

          • Kenny Ok

            you are full of it man, i just nitpicked your evidence so now you have tried to change topic. The director says its his cut, what more do you need? you should spend more time complaining about what happened to joss whedon on age of ultron and alan taylor on thor 2 than complaining about a situation where a director put out his cut.
            you are just looking for excuses to take a swipe at the wb, try harder.

          • Axxell

            Every single one of my paragraphs are on the topic of WB interference…I haven’t changed topic; it’s just you’re finding it hard to acknowledge the evidence that shows that this movie was distorted massively from Ayer’s original vision, and it shows.

          • Marquis de Sade

            If Ayers had a shred of dignity and professional pride as a director, he would’ve ALAN SMITHEE’D this trainwreck before it was released…Trust, a few years from now s.s. will be a POX on his resume.

  • Kenny Ok

    I dont mind when people are critical. just be consistent. many of these points apply to marvel movies too

    • Axxell

      SOME of them might apply to SOME Marvel movies…but not ALL of them on any single one. That’s the difference.

      • Kenny Ok

        no there will be different ones that apply to mcu not able to be applied here too.

        • Axxell

          Agreed, but you said most of THESE apply to the MCU.

          • Kenny Ok

            yeah they do but you dont see these sort of articles for the mcu or people running with friend of a friend of a friend rumours on the MCU. Before BVS there were so many of these and quite a massive chunk of them proved false. fairness is important as without it your advice gets ignored.

          • Axxell

            On the contrary; a lot of these rumors proved to be true; not only does the end product show it, but a lot of credible sources backed them up as well. Fairness doesn’t mean everything has to be presented as equal when it’s quite clear only one is screwed up.

          • Kenny Ok

            yeah they do but you dont see these sort of articles for the mcu or people running with friend of a friend of a friend rumours on the MCU. Before BVS there were so many of these and quite a massive chunk of them proved false. fairness is important as without it your advice gets ignored.

        • Axxell

          Agreed, but you said most of THESE apply to the MCU.

  • Jewie

    Did you read the script?

  • Brennan Klensch

    Spot on; totally agree on the Joker bit