The Suicide Squad is on the scene in Warner Bros Animation’s latest DC Super Heroes release. The story follows Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and company in a chase to the death for an elusive artifact that has the ability to shield the owner from the pits of hell. The artifact takes its shape as a “Get Out of Hell Free” card, that is protected by a wannabe super hero and through directions from Amanda Waller herself.
The picture overall is a clever one shot that hits home for true fans of the Suicide Squad. There’s plenty of conflict, action, and gags to keep the audience entertained. This is part of a series of projects Warner Bros Animation have spearheaded in hopes of creating a more gritty and adult friendly comic book story. It hits the mark, no pun intended. Yet, overall, the premise of the artifact does come off a bit silly, even for Suicide Squad standards.
The artifact is rumored to be ancient and heavily sought after by some of the oldest villains in the DC Universe. Yet, it’s a plastic card and sounds like it comes straight out of a game of Monopoly. It can be hard to take serious as a central focal point, but still, there’s plenty of interesting things going on with Deadshot and his crew to keep you from focusing too much on that.
The film features a heavy armory of voice talent that include Christian Slater, Tara Strong, and Vanessa Williams. Strong has been the voice of Harley Quinn since the character’s inception in Batman the Animated Series, going on to voice Quinn for the majority of DC’s animated projects. Having her onboard for this feature provides an extra seal of approval and gives an extra punch to finish it all off.
The features also provide some quality content, pulling from the DC Vault to tease some older work including Young Justice and Batman. Full episodes of two major DC series are on this disc, which is a fun surprise worth a quick binge. The producers and minds behind the feature also talk about classic film influences and plot devices, which is a huge surprise. Though the average comic book nerd may not put too much stock in the research, it’s something worth taking a look at for understanding their direction as well as provides a quick lesson in classic film narrative.
Here’s a look at the full feature list!
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, The Death of Superman: “The Death of Superman” – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.
Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang (Featurette) : Audiences get a deeper look at this unconventional, yet entertaining villain from Down Under and how he’s evolved from The Flash universe to the Suicide Squad.
Nice Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman in the DCU (Featurette) : Floyd Lawton, AKA Deadshot, is one of the most popular antiheroes in the DC pantheon. An excellent marksman and assassin, he often brags that he never misses his shot. Take a closer look at this fascinating character.
The Power of Plot Devices, MacGuffins and Red Herrings (Featurette) : An insightful examination of the power of a good plot device and the important influence it has over story.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Commentary – The creative filmmaking team of screenwriter/co-producer Alan Burnett and executive producer James Tucker share their thoughts and stories on the characters, themes and development of Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay.
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, The Death of Superman: “The Death of Superman”: The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.