Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” is the best DC film since “The Dark Knight.”

The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn, is a vulgar, profane, brutal, violent triumph of a picture because the film’s characters have a heart at their core. Gunn’s own peculiar sense of humour adds to the film’s appeal.

Since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” more than a decade ago, this Warner Bros. confection is the best DC Comics-based film. Gunn’s sensibilities, on the other hand, may not be for everyone. The film is rated “R” for a reason.

Waller has a small black box that makes Suicide Squaders go kaboom if they go off mission, bail out, or need to be neutralized. The lofty concept, conceived by writer John Ostrander in the mid-1980s, is “The Dirty Dozen” crossed with super villains rather than errant military inmates. In the film, Ostrander makes a brief appearance as the doctor who places one of the explosive devices.

As the squad attempts to complete their job with lots of casualties along the way, the film is full of puns and quips, some of which hit and others which miss. Only roughly a third of the film’s villains make it to the movie’s conclusion, with the rest falling short.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Joe Kinnaman’s Col. Rick Flagg, Waller’s right-hand man in the field, return from the first film. Bloodsport is played by Idris Elba, a mercenary who dared to kill Superman with a Kryptonite bullet. Daniela Melchior, a promising newcomer, stars as Ratcatcher 2, a young woman with a technology that allows her to manipulate rats.

Sylvester Stallone voices Nanaue/King Shark, a large, lovable but dimwitted and dangerous shark-human hybrid who is just as likely to eat one of the Suicide Squad as he is the enemy. David Dastmalchian plays the Polka-Dot Man, an obscure and ludicrous Batman villain from the 1950s, and Sylvester Stallone voices the Polka-Dot Man, an obscure and ludicrous Batman villain from the 1950s. Last but not least, there’s John Cena’s oxymoronic Peacemaker, a ruthless, jingoistic vigilante willing to go to any length to protect and promote peace.

They are tasked with invading the fictional South American nation of Corto Maltese to destroy a secret US scientific program that has become a menace that must be put down in the midst of a freedom fighter coup d’etat attempt, along with a slew of other super-villains.

Under Gunn’s skillful touch, each of these key characters gives captivating performances, and while they are all baddies, they all become endearing in some way.

The relative successes and failures of other DC titles on the big screen have more to do with the particular creators associated with the pictures than with the characters, as Gunn’s light but even-handed work with primarily third-and fourth-string DC characters demonstrates.

It’s unclear whether Gunn will develop a sequel to this picture given that he’s returned to Marvel Studios to work on a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. However, he has already shot a spinoff starring Cena’s Peacemaker character, which will premiere on HBO Max in January.

Although “The Suicide Squad” is too violent, graphic, and obscene for children, anyone with teenage sensibilities, regardless of age, will enjoy the action and humor.

Despite the fact that the film is about super-villains being forced to do dirty work that heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, when called upon, these misfits rise to the occasion to battle the most monstrous and ridiculous threat this side of Godzilla in Starro, the Conqueror, a gigantic space-alien starfish that made its comic debut alongside the Justice League of America.

Starro, who is large enough to destroy skyscrapers, ejects miniature replicas of himself through gill holes that attach themselves to the victims’ faces, resulting in zombie-like drones that work in unison to carry out their master’s orders. They want to take over the world, and the Suicide Squad is the only thing standing in their way.

For those who were lucky enough to miss the first Suicide Squad film in 2016, the Suicide Squad is essentially an off-the-books US gang of miscreants who are forced to do government dirty work by Task Force X administrator/autocrat Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), who has surgeons implant a tiny explosive device into each member’s brainstem to keep them on track


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