It’s no secret that Suicide Squad has been a divisive film. Despite raking in tons of money at the box office and breaking the record for the biggest debut in the month of August, David Ayer’s anarchic take on superhero films has been poorly received by critics and audiences alike. A lot of the blame for the film’s many shortcomings can be attributed to its troubled production, in which Warner Bros. reportedly hired the company that put together the film’s first excellent trailer to come in and create an entirely new cut alongside Ayer’s original. It’s a film that features some great performances and ideas, but one that is undermined by a terrible plot structure and some truly confounding editing work. As such, Suicide Squad leaves a ton of lingering questions that are seemingly without answer. Here are some of the biggest that I wish the movie would have provided answers to:
12. Where Were The Justice League?
The central premise of Suicide Squad — that the US government is so desperate for a metahuman deterrent that they are willing to use criminals for the job — is definitely intriguing, but the film kind of contradicts itself by not offering a legitimate reason for Task Force X to get the green light. Amanda Waller activates Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the squad for active duty after Enchantress goes AWOL and starts building some sort of world destruction device, but it’s never explained where the Justice League are or why they’re not called upon first.
Yes, Suicide Squad takes place prior to the events of Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League film (at least I think; the only thing that’s really made clear is that it takes place after Batman v Superman), so Batman has yet to put the team together into a cohesive unit. Still, that doesn’t mean that the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, or The Flash aren’t still around doing superhero stuff. Sure, having the Justice League show up would completely invalidate the entire premise of Suicide Squad, but it would have been appreciated to learn what its various members are up do during a world-threatening event that prevents them from finding time to stop it.