Suicide Squad is not as bad a movie as its rotten rating would have you believe. It has enough positive elements — particularly when it comes to its lead performances — to save it from being a total trainwreck and at the end of the day, it is marginally better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which remains one of the worst movies of the year. That being said, the finished product is much worse than expected, as the film’s trailers marketed it as the antithesis to the grim and dour Batman v Superman.
So confident was I in this being a good movie that I even wrote about how it would be the best DC movie since The Dark Knight; a low bar to be sure, but still an achievement worth getting excited about. And while Suicide Squad is probably the best DC film since The Dark Knight Rises at least, it’s only marginally so. Here are ten ways that Suicide Squad ultimately disappoints.
10. Jared Leto’s Joker Is Dull
The Suicide Squad marketing machine has been hitting us over the head for months about the extreme lengths Jared Leto went to get into character as the Joker, from sending used condoms to his costars, to staying in character so much that Will Smith claims he never actually “met” Jared Leto on set. With that kind of dedication, you would expect that Leto’s Joker, good or bad, would at least be captivating to watch; even more so when you consider that he doesn’t actually have very many scenes in the film. Unfortunately, the only truly memorable thing about Leto’s performance is how forgettable it is.
Ever since he was cast, people have been wondering how Leto would compare to Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of the character in The Dark Knight, but Leto does nothing to distinguish himself as being worthy of comparison. His “Scarface” Joker is outclassed by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn at every turn and he lacks the danger and chaotic nature that Ledger had in spades. It’s actually depressing to think that this is the Joker we’re stuck with for the foreseeable future in the DC movieverse because this clown prince of crime feels more like a C-list villain than Batman’s archvillain.