Suicide Squad – Where is the real Joker? – You know when you have been waiting for something so long you are literally bursting to see it? Yup, that was me with Suicide Squad. I even pre-ordered the Blu Ray Steelbook edition and the Harley Quinn ltd edition statue before I had seem the damn thing.
Let’s get this straight, I will be cancelling my order for the statue!
The film was good, it wasn’t great by a long way but it was good. Did I feel let down, honestly yes. Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker was dire at best, I never liked Jack Nicholson’s version and thought it could never get any worse. I was so wrong.
Where is the real Joker?
After Heath Ledger made the role his own in The Dark Knight, I, for one, had high hopes for DC pushing forward and producing similar high quality films. I have no idea what they thought they were doing with the character but whatever it was it was nothing like it should be. If you want to show the Joker as he really should be then watch Heath Ledger, gone but never outdone.
No, no, no, no no! More than that you need not know.
A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of super villains and then has no clue as to what to do with them. For those of a certain age or others with a good knowledge of Science Fiction movies, then they will no doubt know of Tobe Hooper and his mid-eighties SciFi film, Lifeforce. A film centred about a female alien who uses the life force (hence the name) of others for power and creates a huge funnel of power spearing high into the sky over London.
I have to wonder if the Director of Suicide Squad just told the writers to re-write that plot and add the DC cast? The protagonists are introduced more like an afterthought. This also confuses me, I have read comments and quotes which state this was a film made for the fans. If that truly was the case then why the shim-sham introduction?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
The Good: Margot Robbie
Whoever designed the costume for her role needs a good holiday and some time to think on their crimes. Margot herself employs the same sought of class as Ledger did to his portrayal of the Joker. Calm down the OTT dressage and the character will go from strength to strength.
The Bad: Jared Leto aka The Joker.
The Ugly: Will Smith… even when he’s bad he has to be the good guy.