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DC hasn't had the easiest delve into a cinematic universe, has it. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to thrive and expand with Disney+ shows, new movies, and even a star-studded animated series, DC feels like it's been trying to work out how to pull everything it's invested in all together.
The original release of Justice League was a bit of a mess before Zach Snyder had to return and revise his vision for the film - but that still hasn't seemed enough for Batman, Superman, and the wider crew to return for more ensemble films. DC instead is putting effort into the HBO Superman series, the Rock's Black Adam, and taking one more shot at hanging out with the villains in The Suicide Squad. And you know what? It looks like it has worked.
Here is our interview with Idris Elba and Daniela Melchior from The Suicide Squad...
Critics love The Suicide Squad. As Comicbook noticed, the film launched with a very rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes which means everyone who had reviewed it at first thought it was at least good if not great. At the time of writing, it still sits on a mighty 98% fresh rating with only one negative review.
Many critics compare the film to James Gunn's other major comic book success, Guardians of the Galaxy, which captured so many Marvel fans' hearts. Time Out says that although the characters aren't as endearing as the Guardians, they're still "a hoot to hang out with". Reviews also mention that the film is "gloriously gory", "violent and bloody", and "wonderfully unhinged".
And more than anything, the critics are saying that this is what the original Suicide Squad should have been. The original 2016 release was universally disliked and giving the DC property another go by handing it to James Gunn seems to have been the best call Warner Bros could have made.
The Suicide Squad is out July 30, 2021.
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