Suicide Squad has quite a lot to prove. As the third entry in DC’s fledgling movieverse, director David Ayer’s villain ensemble not only has to convince audiences that a film focused on the likes of Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn can stand on its own, but also try and restore some goodwill after Batman v Superman alienated audiences earlier this year. Fortunately, Suicide Squad looks like it’s up to the task. The film has an excellent cast of A-listers and up-and-comers, and also benefits from a smart and successful advertising campaign heading into opening weekend. There’s also been a lot of positive word of mouth coming out of early screenings, which doesn’t necessarily mean the film will score with general audiences, but definitely won’t hurt its chances either.
When you break it all down, Suicide Squad could easily be the best DC Comics adaptation since 2008’s The Dark Knight, arguably the last truly great film to come from the company. It probably won’t surpass that film in terms of overall quality, but here are a few reasons why Suicide Squad will be the film that gets the DC movieverse back on track.
10. It Will Expand The DC Universe Dramatically
The DC movieverse is still very much in its infancy and as such, there’s still plenty of opportunity for Warner Bros to make adjustments as they go and to take the franchise in a practically unlimited number of directions. Suicide Squad presents a unique opportunity for future expansion, as it features a colorful cast of characters with stories of their own to tell. That means that we could potentially see a whole bunch of spin-offs that go well beyond expected fare like more Superman and Batman movies, and indeed there are already rumors that Warner Bros is considering spin-offs for Harley Quinn, Joker, and Captain Boomerang. Hey, Suicide Squad must be doing something right if it’s convincing people that Captain Boomerang can hold down his own movie!