Suicide Squad Extended Cut (2016) Movie Review

suicidesquadposterTitle: Suicide Squad
Universe: DCEU
Rated: PG-13
Director: David Ayer
Story: David Ayer
Release Date: 2016
Runtime: 2h3min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Jinnaman, Viola Davis, and many more!
Budget: $175,000,000
Opening Weekend: $133,700,000
Box Office: $745,600,000

Also in the DC Extended Universe:
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)

Nothing like tackling another DC Extended Universe movie that has embraced scrutiny and hate with open arms. Right off the bat (totally a Harley Quinn pun), I can tell you that I had a lot of fun during this movie when I first saw it in theaters. Clearly, Warner Bros went ahead and committed a huge marketing mistake and meddled with the movie’s length without understanding how much damage all that could cause. Some might wonder if it’s also a ploy to get fans to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray in order to get the real product and make more money out of it, but I for one do not care and will always be glad to get more, and that’s exactly what I got with my Blu-Ray copy which contained the Extended Cut of this movie.

What is Suicide Squad about? The movie takes place right after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and focuses on the recruitment of a group of criminals in order to save the world from the apocalypse. Amanda Waller is the boss of a secret government agency and offers to create a Task Force X under the ARGUS program in hopes to be ready to defeat the next Superman. Her plan entails bringing together a bunch of super-villains locked up in Belle Reve penitentiary and putting them under the command of Rick Flag, played by Joel Kinnaman. And who are the unlucky members? Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie), Deadshot (played by Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney), Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Enchantress (played by Cara Delevingne), Katana (played by Karen Fukuhara) and Slipknot (played by Adam Beach).

 

What they should have never done with this movie is sell it as a Suicide Squad versus the Joker movie. That backfired at the speed of light and greatly hurt a lot of viewers’ trust in the DC live-action movies. If anything, Joker should have been hinted at throughout the marketing or should have been kept hidden (as much as possible). It would have been even better if the movie followed a similar plot to the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham. That animated movie was the best Suicide Squad story that has ever been made and if it had actually been made into a live-action movie, it would have generated so much love from everyone. Instead, director and writer David Ayer went with a much more linear and simple story with unfortunate plot holes. Essentially, it was one plot that focused on Harley Quinn and Joker’s relationship and crossed paths with the other plot on the formation and heroic mission of the Suicide Squad.

The story also doesn’t play as much with the chemistry of the squad than it did with the relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker or the spotlight put upon Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Personally, I didn’t mind this as much as they are the most iconic characters in the squad. To top it off, they are played by some of the biggest actors in Hollywood. To even think that Will Smith would play a secondary role in a movie is sort of blasphemous. His ego wouldn’t even allow such a thing to happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if he forced himself on the front lines or even forced the director to put neon signs on him throughout the movie. While the focus of the movie did seem to be attracted to those three characters, there’s no lying that they were all three fascinating portrayals of their respective comic book characters. Margot Robbie easily nailed Harley Quinn both in characterization, looks and accent. Will Smith gave Deadshot a heroic and human side while infusing the character with his typical Fresh Prince of Bel Air humour. And Jared Leto?

 

Jared Leto’s portrayal of Joker is probably the one thing that the whole world was going to pay the most attention to. Don’t kid yourself. After Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the villain in The Dark Knight (2008), no one would have dared to challenge it or even attempt to repeat it. Fans would have eaten any actor’s head off the moment they got cast (sort of like how Ben Affleck got cooked alive when they announced him for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman; yet I personally think he’s one of the best actor’s to have taken upon the mantle). What we got from the Joker in Suicide Squad was however not enough to judge him for the role, but enough to appreciate the unique vision Jared Leto had for the character. He definitely gave us a new take on Prince Clown of Gotham, both in mannerism and looks. Although the tattooed gangster look came really out of the blue, it was still interesting and original. The purring and growling also gave his actor a very psychopathic persona, especially with how laid-back he was throughout the chaos. His dialogue is also riddled with repetition and you get to see that a lot more in the deleted scenes included in the Extended Cut. And his laugh? Joker isn’t Joker if he doesn’t have a laugh, and Jared Leto gives him a maniacal one that is never stretched long (I don’t think that particular laugh could’ve been stretched long anyways) and always short and powerful.

Was this movie even supposed to be the next Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? Hell nah. What this turned out to be is an entertaining comic book movie. It’s vibe is purely fun while attempting to touch upon the very core idea of the Suicide Squad. What’s that? To turn villains into heroes. Throughout the movie you learn about most of these character’s background as well as the reasons behind what they do. By the end of the movie you’ll be happy that their criminal intentions are put to good use and that they aren’t purely evil all time. Just most of the time. It could’ve been a fantastic coherent movie, but it turned out to be one of those fun popcorn movies where you can sit down and enjoy the banter and action sequences without flinching too much at the lack of complexity in the story.

 

It was a bit odd that the movie tried to plug in a second storyline that heavily focused on the toxic relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker. The Extended Cut of the movie offers us even more scenes on that relationship and makes you wonder why it was even necessary. The whole thing could have easily been a stand-alone spin-off movie if you ask me. Then again, I think fans still loved what it all looked like, especially how beautiful (or maybe even sensual/sexual) it would sometimes be. And of course there was some people who had to go there, you know… there… and talk about how it promoted toxic abusive relationships. If you thought this movie was supposed to tell the world how those kinds of relationships are never good in real life, I don’t know what to tell you. Harley Quinn’s and Joker’s relationship has always been the craziest thing in the DC Universe and was never meant to be the example to follow. Just know.

What about the villain of these villains? If you ask me, there were a bunch of them for the Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller was the biggest villain for most of the movie since her control on these guys forced them to do the impossible and only she had the power to change each of their lives. But the most obvious one lied in a magical entity that felt disrespected by humanity and decided that since humans worshiped machines so much nowadays, this villain would create the ultimate machine that will erase them all from existence. Sort of dramatic and extravagant, right? This villain wasn’t particularly special and was really basic in every way possible. The CGI that went with the villain’s performance was sometimes super odd (especially in that before-last form), but I feel like the purpose of that character was just to be a threat that would unite the squad together and nothing more. Hence the reason why I enjoyed this movie as a popcorn flick and not a brain teasing jigsaw puzzle.

In the end, the Extended Cut of the Suicide Squad movie was a blast. It’s not flawless, but its awesome cast, awesome action scenes and simple storyline gives us a nice first look at what these crazy folks are capable of. Oh, and I really think it’s worth mentioning that the score of this movie is awesome! Anything that has Eminem in it is a win for me. And Panic! at the Disco doing their own rendition of the classic Bohemian Rhapsody? Epic! Check out the album for the movie, you won’t be disappointed.


Suicide Squad (2016) isn’t exactly based on a particular comic book story. However, Suicide Squad (Volume 1) The Black Vault by Rob Williams was launched as part of the Rebirth era of DC Comics and features the same members of the squad as the movie. There are definitely other runs with the Suicide Squad in the past, with other members, that have also been released before if you’re craving for more!

MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)
Have you read any Suicide Squad comics?
Have you seen the movie?
What do you think about Suicide Squad (2016)?
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Till next time,

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Bookstooge says:

    I am really liking the Extended Editions put out. I just wish the studios hadn’t butchered the movies so that an extended cut was necessary…

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    1. Same here. I wish they released one for Justice League too… With the amount of controversy it generated and the change in directors, it would have been really nice to get the full unedited thing out there. But man, DC needs better long-term planning if they want to nail the extended universe. Otherwise, their best bet is unconnected stand-alone movies/trilogies.

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      1. Bookstooge says:

        Yeah, whoever is in charge of the dceu isn’t doing nearly as good a job as the mcu people.

        I don’t know what needs to happen, but better storytelling for dc is definitely a part of it. With all the comic material it is just mind boggling that they can hire people who will even mess up prime source material. It is almost like they are TRYING to tell a worse story or something…

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        1. I am just as mind-blown man… Sort of saddened by it too since DC completely destroys Marvels in the comic book business and the animated series/movies. And since the movie business reaches a wider audience, what they dish out on the big screen sort makes them look… bad and incompetent… 😦

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  2. Overall, I enjoyed this movie. 🙂
    I am not an aficionado, but I do have a few tiny quibbles. :-/
    -Will is too big to be playing Deadshot.
    -Killer Croc was too small.
    -Croc’s ridiculous accent was, … ridiculous.
    -If you liked that version of Harley, that’s your prerogative, but I like the more sexually naive, Harley from the animated series.

    As to the Joker. I liked Letos Joker, however, this is not a unique performance. This was the old sixties tv show version of the Riddler, as performed by Frank Gorshin. Leto took Frank Gorshin’s character and applied it to the Joker. Frank Gorshin played gangster types in the fifties. So did Caesar Romero, the tv Joker.
    The sixties tv Batman show was a campy, but those guest stars brought an incredible amount of talent, and have had a lasting impact on the characters they portrayed. Frank Gorshin, Caesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Meriweather are still impacting the franchise.

    Happy Villainy!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad to hear you share the enjoyment, Icky!

      Totally agree that Will Smith was too big for the role. Best solution would have been equally big actors playing the other members AND having other members that are MUCH more powerful/known to viewers. Killer Croc was an underwhelming performance to be honest. And he was way too small. That character should’ve been entirely CGI’ed or at least a much taller/bulkier character would have been nice. But the costume design was nice (no wonder the movie won an Oscar for that). I totally agree about Harley. I loved the one in the Animated series. But since we never really got a live-action Harley (maybe in the old Batman live-action TV series), it was a nice portrayal in my books hahah

      That’s an amazing comparison, Icky. I do remember Frank Gorshin from the 1966 Batman movie and I had to look up some of his scenes to see what you meant about the similarities. I can see a blend of both Eomero and Gorshin in Leto’s performance, but I think for viewers nowadays, what Leto gave us was something different. When I mentioned it being unique, I only had Nicholson and Ledger’s performance on my mind since most people nowadays would remember those two the most for their magnificent portrayal of the Joker! 😀

      I had a lot of fun with the 1966 Batman movie when I saw it, but I never really took the time to watch all the episodes in their order for the live-action TV series with Adam West. It’s a bit hard to convince myself to invest time into it when I know what the style is like but I do hope on giving it a shot someday since it’s still one of the most iconic moment in Batman’s history.

      Thanks for reading, Icky, and love your thoughts on this movie! 🙂

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      1. I would not recommend watching the entire sixties tv series, but a few choice episodes might not be out of line. 😉

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  3. Satou Johns says:

    Great soundtrack! Terrible movie xD

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    1. Hahaaha what turned you off the most about the movie? 🤣

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      1. Satou Johns says:

        Harley over sexualized and the relationship with the Joker was more violent and aggressive ( not that is fine ) but her they portrayed it like crazy crazy in love ( something to aspire for). The joker was not there… It was more like a Cameo… XD and the resolution… Like the power of love and friendship… Meh xD

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  4. Priyasha says:

    Well i watched with my boy gang at school and disliked it . Great review 😌

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    1. Oh no! Hahah what didn’t you like of the movie? 😁

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  5. I feel like I’m one of the few humans that just loves suicide squad for what it is. To me it’s a whole lot of fun no matter the version it takes.

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    1. Yaaas! Totally agree. It was definitely a fun movie worth every penny in my books. If only people didn’t go on to watch it JUST to insult it.

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  6. Paul Bowler says:

    I’ve not seen this extended cut of Suicide Squad. Saw the original version at the cinema, its an ok film. The first half was quite good, sets everything up, but it all tumbles into a bit of a CGI mess by the end. Must admit, wasn’t a fan of Jared Leto’s portrayal of Joker though, just didn’t work for me/

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    1. Good ol’ CGI blockbuster boss battle 😂 I don’t really mind it all since it isn’t the worse cinematic experience though, but I guess they really aimed for that chaotic apocalyptic ending gahah Jared Leto’s performance will have to stay at the 3rd spot, with Nicholson and Ledger on top for me. I’d personally like to see more of Leto (even if you get a bit more in the Extended Cut). Something that puts Leto against Batman to really see how it all goes.

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      1. Paul Bowler says:

        Same here for that Joker line up. Might check out this extended edition maybe, seems like it adds a bit more of interests to the film. Would be interesting to see Leto’s Joker take on Batman properly in a film, but doubt it’ll happen.

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  7. Norrie says:

    Did someone say Joel Kinnaman?? Why didn’t i know about this? 😀
    Suddenly this movie seems way more interesting than 5 minutes ago…
    Haha.

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    1. Hahaahh how did you not know?! 😂 He has a lot of screentime throughout the movie too. 😉

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  8. I haven’t seen this movie but I’ve read more than a few mixed reviews for it. In fact I think yours is the first positive review I’ve read which actually makes for a nice change. 🙂 I’m really glad you enjoyed Suicide Squad Lashaan, and I do have to say what you’ve said about this extended version has made me want to watch it myself. 😀
    Great review.

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    1. Yep. It wasn’t one of those movies with 200% glowing reviews, that’s for sure! 😂 I’m glad to shine a different kind of light upon it for you and make you want to give it a shot some day. 😁 Thanks for reading, Beth!

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  9. Great review, Lashaan! I enjoyed watching this movie but it’s nothing amazing either!

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    1. Thanks Raven! That’s a fair enough statement. Definitely better than anyone saying that it was “the worse movie ever” hahah 😀

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  10. Confession: I was not going to read this review. Why? I don’t particularly care for super hero (or super villian?) films any longer. I’m getting a bit burned out on them. I was never a big movie-goer in the first place, but the routine is starting to bore me. That said, Suicide Squad completely passed me by. I knew Jared Leto was cast to play the Joker– but I had no idea the movie came and went and was on DVD now! Oops…

    I love how you’ve crafted this review. Your attention to the nuance and detail which makes a super-villain film a super-villain film is essential to getting to the purpose of comic book films. I LOVE comics. I wonder if my numbness for the films might be because they are just turning into action films. I miss the comic book humor and art. It sounds like while Suicide Squad might have had a few scripting concerns, overall it harkens back to more of the comic book essence. At least, that’s what I get from your review. Well written!

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    1. I love the honesty and you definitely don’t need to worry about it. I wouldn’t have hated you for skipping ANY/ALL my posts. 😉 I’ve always known that certain post are for more attractive for this bookworm community than others just based on the traffic a post get. I’m probably one of the rare people of there who does comic book reviews and superhero movie reviews, and I mostly do it for myself and those who are interested in them. I do hope, just a little, that it might help break the ice for others so that they try them out and appreciate it as much as I do too. But I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and that there’s a bunch who actually hates this stuff for whatever reason hahah

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read it though and that’s exactly what this movie could be summed up to. It it was ever turned into a comic book, it would have went unnoticed and tagged as the average comic book story. Fun, with some issues, and nothing more! 😀

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      1. I totally get where you are coming from I actually find that book reviews have the least traffic on my blog, but I love them the most. I keep hoping I’ll help people find their next favorite book– or a avoid a potential disaster. But, most people want to chat in my discussion posts and about my TTT. To each their own, I guess? 😉 Keep it up! You’re catching my eye more and more when it comes to comics.

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        1. I 200% prefer reviews over anything else even if the other discussion stuff are fun to do occasionally. And yep, reviews are always the least read things out there, and when its a genre that’s even less read by your followers (like comics/graphic novels) everything goes even lower in numbers gahahah I believe hyped up YA novels are what attracts everyone out here the most though. So there’s the magic trick to big numbers if anyone craves for those hahah 😂

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          1. Ugh. That sounds awful. This must be why I cannot find many blogs worth following… I don’t care about the most recent hyped YA novel or your silly blog tags. I participate in a few things, but I make it meaningful to myself. Sigh. Where are the adults?! 😉

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  11. I actually saw this movie in the theater – which is super rare for me, I see a movie in a theater like once every two years or so xD but I felt somewhat cheated. Like it was lacking? Maybe it’s all this extended cut business.

    By the way, this Monday my review of Vicious will come out – and it will have a short review of Real Life Super Heroes. I think you should read that book 🙂

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    1. Glad to hear you actually saw it, and I totally understand. It’s an issue with recent DC Comics superhero movies, and hopefully they’ll find a solution to this.

      Oh, sweet! I’ll check it out as soon as I can! I have the new edition of it pre-ordered (as well as its sequel). I know it’s one of those books that I just GOT to read and I think I think I’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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  12. I saw the extended cut version and I liked it even though I heard people didn’t care for the movie. But, as you indicated this might have been due to poor editing in the theater version, which I didn’t see.

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    1. And I also believe that those who didn’t care won’t change their opinion even with the extended cut. It’s sort of sad the kind of hate the DC movies get nowadays, but I’m super glad to hear you enjoyed it though!

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  13. hehe well I’m not gonna lie, especially as I think I’ve mentioned it to you before, I’m not a fan of any of the DC films at the moment (that I’ve watched so far). I couldn’t even finish this one I was so bored- sorry! (it doesn’t help that I rarely watch movies nowadays, so my patience for movies, even if they’re just designed as a popcorn flick, is incredibly low). Regardless, I do think you’re right about the actors- they did a good job at portraying the roles and I didn’t have any complaints about them (I just didn’t care enough cos of the way it was setup and all the chopping and changing). I do think you’re right about it lacking chemistry as well. Great review!

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    1. I got your post about the whole DCEU and how lackluster it is saved and ready to tackle… As soon as I build my titanium armour to properly take on the assault (I’m kidding, I just need to find time to finally get around to reading that post hahaha). Sort of surprised at how composed your comment is about it all though LOL If I were to vouch for any DC movie with all my heart (without playing the devil’s advocate) I’d put Christopher Nolan’s trilogy at the top of the pedestal and I won’t let anyone say anything bad about that trilogy (unless they just don’t like Christian Bale as an actor). The DC movies nowadays have been going through hell with all the chopping and changing indeed and I really do wish that they got their shit together to do something properly and have an actual direction to all their movies. Right now, they got plans for all kinds of movies and nothing makes sense at all. Hopefully we’ll live long enough for them to do things properly, and maybe stick to stand-alone movies instead of a universe like Marvel did. Thanks for reading yooo! ❤

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      1. hahahaha no worries- I think a fair number of people weren’t too happy with that post 😉 But it’s okay, I don’t mind if people liked it (in fact I think that’s a good thing- contrary to popular belief I don’t actually want people to have been as disappointed with it as I was- I actually want people to enjoy things!) Yeah I’m quite chill about this one cos I didn’t finish it- but I was immensely disappointed (that’s a trend lol) I totally understand- I absolutely LOVE Nolan’s trilogy- it’s one of my favourite film series (so don’t worry, my post wasn’t about that- HEAVEN FORBID!) I would never say anything bad about it (I’m even one of those people who actually liked the last one- even with some of the logical inconsistencies- I DON’T CARE IT WAS AWESOME) But yeah, the recent movies, not so much. I haven’t liked *any* of them (although I’m still holding out hope for Wonder Woman, cos I haven’t seen it and reckon I’ll at least like it). Yes!! I so wish they’d just do a do-over tbh. You’re welcome!! ❤

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