Suicide Squad was the 2016 superhero film which sadly did not meet expectations. Suicide Squad brought together some of the best stars in Hollywood in the DCEU’s first group superhero movie. Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Will Smith led the cast, with performances from other Hollywood heavyweights such as Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood and Viola Davis.
However, the film fell flat with critics with some even claiming the movie was “boring,” a damning indictment for a superhero movie.
The DCEU seems to have focused mainly on producing superhero films which show the dark side of the superhero world, though there have been exceptions with more recent movies such as Aquaman and Shazam.
According to comic book expert Professor Chris Murray, who spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk, there is nothing bad about light or dark comic book movies: but these films need to ensure they do the jobs they set out to do properly.
Asked whether DCEU movies are getting darker, Professor Murray said: “There are lighter superhero films too.
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“Shazam for example. This [light superhero movies] is neither good or bad.
“There can and should be a diversity of approaches and styles within the genre of superhero films, just as there is within the genre in comics.
“In the end, I care about whether the stories are good, the characters well-realised, and that the films do something interesting with their source material.”
While whether the film is light or dark is not a concern for Professor Murray, he does reveal the big issue with Suicide Squad which, as far as he sees it, was corrected in the latest movie from the DCEU – Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker
He added: “If a film is aiming to be dark, be properly dark, like Joker.
“Don’t be pseudo dark in a posturing empty way, like Suicide Squad.
“If you want to be light hearted and fun, then be as lighthearted and fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Or be something else entirely.
“But whatever the film is trying to be, let the script be sharp, the direction purposeful, and show off the diversity of style seen in the genre.”
The whole Suicide Squad in Suicide Squad
For Professor Murray, the most successful superhero movies know who they are and what tone they are trying to strike, which will ultimately save them when they come in front of the fans.
Justice League is an example of a movie which was not sure what tone it wanted to strike, according to various critics who spoke out against the film on its release.
As is well documented, Marvel writer and all-round funny man Joss Whedon was brought in late in production to rewrite some of the script, and make the film funnier and more joke-filled.
This led to re-shoots, some interesting CGI and some slightly awkward moments, according to those reviewing the film, as well as accusations over the film’s confused tone.
Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as Joker in Suicide Squad
Ultimately, and as far as Professor Murray sees it, the best superhero movies know what they are aiming for when they start – with Joker being a clear example of a movie aiming for the darkness rather than “posturing” towards the darkness, as in Suicide Squad.
Luckily for the DCEU they have another stab at Suicide Squad with the upcoming sequel, The Suicide Squad, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn.
Perhaps he can sprinkle some magic on the new movie to help get The Suicide Squad’s tone exactly where he wants it.
Joker is still in cinemas, so those desperate to see the film can still experience the darkness.