My friends were raving about the Suicide Squad commercial (I refuse REFUSE to call them trailers). As usual, I disagree.
I started to explain that I never understood the premise of Suicide Squad. From a writer’s perspective, how does one convince the audience these obviously psychotic people somehow can work together, form a plan, and accomplish a mission (it’s the same reason I won’t read The Hunger Games; the government chooses children to have a Running Man-like contest for 75 years in order to remind the populace that they shouldn’t revolt)? I mean, I get it from the fan’s perspective. You get all your favorite villains in one place and watch them bounce off each other…
And then I thought, “These ‘favorite’ villains – the best DC has to offer – are just stupid.
- Joker: He has to be here. He’s the only good villain in the bunch
- Enchantress: She’s possessed by a powerful demon (ok, that’s interesting)
- Killer Croc: He’s a crocodile/man.
- Harley Quinn: She’s simply crazy.
- Deadshot: he’s the world’s best assassin
- Amanda Waller: she’s the world’s best assassin
- Slipknot: He’s good with rope.
- Captain Boomerang: He’s Australian and throws boomerangs.
- El Diablo: He’s pyrokinetic, which is a neat power, but he’s morally ambiguous. Also, he’s a latino ex-gang member.
- Rick Flag: A Captain America-type without the powers, shield, flashy costume, or interesting 1940’s idealism. He’s a white dude with a flat-top.
Katana: She was betrothed to one brother, but the other brother was jealous. So – just like it is in 21st-century Japan – there was a big sword fight with lots of ninjas and throwing stars where her chashitsu burned down, presumably because one of the whale-oil lanterns got knocked over. She now wears a kabuki mask and lets her ninjitsu do the talking.
Come to think of it, not only is DC awful at creating villains, they’re also pretty racist.
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