Suicide Squad

Here’s where superhero movies grow up and our morbid fancies take flight. A secret agency recruits a task-force of the most dangerous people on the planet to carry out a highly volatile black ops mission in exchange for clemency.

Suicide Squad is part of the DC Extended Universe franchise, and is essentially similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, looking to a band of untrusted misfits to save the world. Batman (Ben Affleck) appears, but this time he’s seen from the point-of-view of some of his most infamous adversaries. It’s the supervillains who star in this film.

Some have pegged this exposé as the dark horse of 2016, but it’s so much more than that. Given the muscular and abrasive backdrop of writer/director David Ayer (Fury), chances are this will be the macabre ride that fans are wishing for.

Among the principal cast is Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as the cute-meets-psychotic Harley Quinn. Academy Award winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) has the entire world waiting on his performance of The Joker as he daringly takes on a role immortalised by the late Heath Ledger. Thankfully, it’s a fresh Joker, rather than an attempt to replicate Ledger’s Oscar-winning rendition.

Here’s the rub: the success of Suicide Squad hinges almost entirely on Leto’s clown, who for the record looks deliciously insane. Expect nightmares.

Anthony Lowery

Suicide Squad is in cinemas 5th August