You've seen the production stills, you've watched the trailers, you've sung along to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen—you're ready for Suicide Squad.
I'm right there with you. At least, I was right there with you until about two days ago. Now, I am officially calling the movie for what I think it will be—a financial success and a critical failure. And let me be clear that when I say a critical failure, I don't just mean that critics will be disappointed. I think that us, the fans, will be let down as well.
So what happened two days ago that changed my mind? What made me go from being mildly excited about a blockbuster movie based upon some of my favorite comic book characters to being thoroughly convinced that it won't be that good?
I realized that I watch the trailers just to see the Joker.
That might sound stupid or trivial, but it's a big deal. The Joker is a huge character with multiple backstories, interpretations, and lots of material for Jared Leto to play with...but this movie isn't called the Joker's Squad, it's called Suicide Squad.
I think the fact that so much emphasis has been put on the Joker by us, the fans, when we actually get to see the movie...we'll be let down by just how little we see him. I actually am one of those people who thinks that Jared Leto's Joker will be pretty good, maybe even great, I'm just afraid that his appearances will be few and far between.
I don't buy Will Smith as Deadshot
I love Will Smith. I love Independence Day, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Seven Pounds, and just about everything else I've ever seen him in (let's just not talk about After Earth.) But I just don't buy into the idea of him playing a troubled anti-hero assassin.
The fact that he ACTUALLY SAYS, "Let's go save the world." in the trailer doesn't help his case at all. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he'll pull it off and shock all of us like Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight. I'm not holding my breath though.
And finally...I think that Margot Robbie is going to steal every scene
After crushing her roles in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus, and even her short cameo in The Big Short, the young actress has shown that she can make the camera focus (ha, see what I did there?) on her. She's beautiful, emotive, and obviously very passionate about the roles she plays.
To be fair, this is not so much a bad thing about the movie itself, but I think if certain characters steal the show way more than others in an ensemble film, it makes the whole film look weaker.