After Batman v Superman’s disappointing performance in cinemas and the massive success of Marvel’s anti-hero flick Deadpool, DC Comics must have all its fingers crossed for the release of Suicide Squad this week. A mixed bag of DC villains, including Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang and fan favourite Harley Quinn, the squad are an expendable team doing black ops missions for time off their prison sentences.
Initial fan reactions to Margo Robbie’s scantily clad Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s gangsta Joker may have been pretty negative at first but this hasn’t stopped them becoming the popular choice for fancy dress costumes and cosplay, months before the film has even been released. At the moment things could go either way, but with a decent cast, including Robbie and Leto alongside Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney, and some fun-looking trailers, plenty of nods and Easter eggs to the comic material, a more mature 15 certificate and the recent hype train rolling through San Diego Comic Con, I’ll be watching this with high hopes but a little reservation – just in case.
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