Film Review – Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Spencer and Greg Upton (formerly of the Backroom Comics Podcast) take a look at the latest chapter in the DC cinematic universe, Suicide Squad, from director David Ayer and starring Will Smith & Margot Robbie.

Among the topics they address in the review is discovering Will Smith’s place in film, the imbalance amongst the characters in the film and the advertising for it, finding overlap between video games and the movie, comparing Suicide Squad to Batman: Assault on Arkham (aka the Suicide Squad animated movie), the trouble with the “villain” and the confusion over the purpose of characters in the film, parallels from the Marvel cinematic universe and the problem with making a film about villains that isn’t dark and twisted, revisiting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and thinking about the status of the DC cinematic universe and its upcoming projects like Wonder Woman and Justice League in light of this release.

Additionally, there is comparison with other comic films released this year, most notably X-Men Apocalypse and Deadpool to put Suicide Squad’s successes and mediocrity into context.

There is no need to worry about spoilers, the point spoiler discussion begins is clearly delineated.


Spencer was born and raised in New Mexico. He grew up with the many great films of the 1980’s before having his world rocked after seeing The Usual Suspects. He moved to Washington State to go to the University of Washington, and currently any free time he currently has is split between working on film projects and watching films.

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