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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The subplot about the two Doctors Light and the demon torturing them.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Amanda Waller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' cartoon with Waller offhandedly calling him "rich boy"), but the gradual reveal of Oracle proved to be the one with the most disproportionate effect on the DCU. [[https://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2013/11/amanda-waller-and-hulk.html Byrne's famous cover has become a Memetic Mutation.]]
** For perspective, following [[StuffedIntoTheFridge her crippling]] in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Creator/YvonneCraig in the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get several comic series including ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', her own TV show of [[Series/BirdsOfPrey the same name]], repeat Justice League memberships, and inspired the resurrection of a cheesy villain named the Calculator just to be her evil counterpart. She's generally considered one of the sexiest women in the DCU, and it's primarily for her personality and mind.
** Amanda Waller herself was a walking mine of awesome moments. Laughing as her rebellious subordinate desperately held a gun to her face, and ''daring'' him to shoot. Utterly crushing Kobra's Janus Directive plans. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Easily mending the relationship between her son-in-law and her daughter by force of pure, unadulterated]] {{Sassy Black Woman}}hood.
** Shattering the Thinker helmet counts. To wit, she's destroying a powerful piece of technology simply because it made her ''doubt'' if she was in charge of her life.
%%** The [[PieInTheFace Mad Pie Thrower]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Deadshot. The series put the character on the map (he had less than a dozen pre-Squad appearances) and is largely credited for his popularity amongst fans. Because of this, he became the team's de facto field leader in the New 52 series.
** The squad itself in appearances in other books. Virtually every time they've shown up in guest spots, it's someone's depiction of a "classic" line-up, leading to people hoping for a revival.
* HarsherInHindsight: In an early issue Rick Flag and Waller get into a fight over mind-wiping old Suicide Squad members so they don't reveal information about the squad. Mind-wiping to hide secrets would become a much more serious problem when regular heroes start doing it in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''. Even weirder, Waller of all people eventually relents and decides mind-wiping is too extreme.
* HilariousInHindsight: Count Vertigo and Kanto wind up fighting each other in Issue 35, which is funny considering that both characters would later be voiced by Michael York in the {{DCAU}} shows (the former appearing in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the latter in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'').
* MagnificentBastard: '''AMANDA WALLER'''. There are VERY few people in the DCU who beat her at this.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:As of issue 6, Yo-yo is still alive inside King Shark's stomach and he appears briefly to beg for help.]]
* TaintedByThePreview: The New 52 reboot of Suicide Squad didn't make the best first impression. A lot of the people who would have eagerly supported such a book were put off by ComicBook/SecretSix getting cancelled seemingly to be replaced by the new Squad, and the new costumes (particularly for Harley Quinn) were... not well-received. Since the book officially launched, it has attracted a fair share of complaints for its characterizations that seem a bit off and for, what some consider to be, pointless design changes, such as Amanda Waller's slimming-up.
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* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** Judging from this movie's trailers, the film seems to be lighter in tone to ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', even if it is dark comedy. In particular, the posters regularly utilize an eye-catching neon pink and blue color scheme, possibly as a reaction to criticism of ''Man of Steel'''s [[RealIsBrown washed-out color scheme]].
** Ever since the divisive reaction to the Joker's tattooed appearance in the first trailer, every subsequent trailer has been careful to show him with a fully covered torso (wearing a vest, a tuxedo, a purple jacket, etc.), as if to assure fans that his tattoos won't be visible for the entire movie.
** The brief shot of [[spoiler: Harley Quinn aparently having been saved from drowning by Batman]] seems to address the complaint about this version of Batman supposedly killing people and also gives fans a glimpse of a more classical and moral Batman who turns criminals in.
* AwesomeMusic: The second trailer is beautifully cut around [[Music/{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]]. The third one also includes Ballroom Blitz by Sweet and the cover of You Don't Own Me by Grace
* BrokenBase:
** DC's higher ups pulling ExecutiveMeddling on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' over their usage of Deadshot, ComicBook/{{Katana}} and Harley Quinn which resulted in the characters being killed off, PutOnABus and written out of planned scripts respectively (presumably this is true with Captain Boomerang as well, though fans don't seem to mind as the show's Boomer was SoOkayItsAverage and not as interesting or true to the source material as the film's colorful [[LowerClassLout bogan]]). Either you don't watch it so it's OK, or you're annoyed that DC is interfering with a show that's doing extremely well.
** The Joker presence in the movie, primarily because he never has been part of the Squad in the comics. However, a notable amount of fans are excited for Jared Leto and his interpretation of the role, or are just interested in how it'll play out. As it turns out, Joker is not a member of the Squad in the film and will instead be in an antagonistic role.
** The Joker having tattoos. Some like them, some don't mind, and some think they ruin his look. The "Damaged" on his forehead is seen to be particularly too on-the-nose.
** The costumes for the female Squad members have proven divisive due to being more skimpy and significantly less practical than the male characters. Katana has the least split due to her costume for only having a bare midriff, but Harley Quinn and Enchantress wear very little. Harley's costume in particular has gained much controversy especially given her [[MsFanservice sex appeal]]. Some fans weren't too bothered by Harley's outfit since she has worn similar costumes and her movie outfit has been approved by her co-creators Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.
* CrazyAwesome: Whatever possessed the Joker to arrange dozens of knives, bottles, and other items in a sigil-like manner, and then lie on the floor laughing like a kook, [[http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/suicide-squad-trailer-image-57.png it makes for a striking image.]]
* CreepyAwesome: This version of Joker is possibly even more unsettling yet just as fascinating as his predecessors.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Harley Quinn as always. Being played by Creator/MargotRobbie definitely [[MsFanservice contributes more to the sexiness factor]].
** The Enchantress as well, though there's a definite element of FanDisservice.
** Even the freakin ''Joker'' of all people is getting this treatment. What really helps is that he is played by PrettyBoy Jared Leto and [[AdaptationalAttractiveness looks more attractive compared to previous incarnations]].
* FandomBerserkButton: In terms of reactions pre-release the fan theory about Jason Todd (the supposedly dead unnamed Robin in ''Batman v Superman'') being this movie's Joker instead of the actual Joker from the comics himself has become this. It started out as a particularly small fan theory that DC fans thought was interesting but no one really took it seriously. Then it [[HypeBacklash spread like wildfire amoungst people who aren't very familiar with the comics, and has become so popular and widespread]] that some people even think [[UpToEleven it's a fact that got leaked by someone working on the movie.]] Batman fans don't like the theory because they feel it ruins Jason's character, Jason's fans dislike it for the same reason, and Suicide Squad fans hate it because it would make this more of a Batman film than a Suicide Squad film. The theory has become so hated it has spawned a minor meme in which believers in the theory will have something [[DisproportionateRetribution comedically horrible]] happen to them the second they begin talking about it.
* FandomRivalry: A pretty big one with the Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}, mainly because this movie more than any other takes so many villains and characters off the table for the [=CW=] shows, [[spoiler: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Katana, and Amanda Waller]] have all been either killed off or written out thanks to this movie and fans have not been happy. It also made sure that there was little chance of there ever being any new Suicide Squad episodes.
* HilariousInHindsight: Jai Courtney and the actor playing the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' version of Captain Boomerang, Nick Tarabay, are both alumnae of the show ''Series/{{Spartacus}}''. Also, the announcement of Courtney's casting happened close to Tarabay's first major appearance on ''Arrow''.
* JustHereForGodzilla: A lot of people are interested in seeing how an anti-hero/villain-led comic book movie will turn out, along with what this means for the DCEU. Others just want to see a live-action version of Harley Quinn, or Leto's interpretation of the Joker, or both.
* MemeticMutation:
** "So that's it then. We're the patsies. We're some kind of [[TitleDrop Suicide Squad]]."
** Looks like Boomerang jumping out of a body bag and punching out the first guy he sees is becoming one too, same with him lifting his eyebrows in amusement.
** "{X} is Jason Todd!" as a way of mocking the absurdity of the aforementioned FandomBerserkButton.
* MoralEventHorizon: If murdering Robin - a ''[[WouldHurtAChild minor]]'' - before the events of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' didn't make Joker enough of a monster already, his treatment of Dr. Harleen Quinzell removes any kind of sympathy to the character.
* NarmCharm:
** Joker's tattoos and wardrobe may be absurd, but that's The Joker for you.
** Many viewers love to playfully point out that many songs from the trailers were also in ''Film/WaynesWorld''.
** Harley's reactions from pouting when lectured by Rick Flagg to expressing excitement at the explosive carnage seem childish and silly in many gritty scenes. Then again, it does make her seem all the funnier and out of touch with the world.
* OneSceneWonder: Batman only gets about 10 minutes of screentime, but par the course with Batman, every second counts.
* ToughActToFollow:
** Like Creator/HeathLedger before him, Creator/JaredLeto has his work cut out for him to establish his own version of the Joker without being seen as too derivative of his predecessor. At the least, Leto has a Academy Award to his name before he got the part (for Best Supporting Actor, the same category where Ledger won posthumously for his Joker performance), so his ability to act isn't so much the question as much as the impact he can leave as the character.
** To a lesser extent, Creator/WillSmith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Karen Fukuhara as Katana following after Michael Rowe, Nick Tarabay and Creator/RilaFukushima, respectively, in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.
** Creator/MargotRobbie was fortunate enough to avert this in some respects, due to this being the first prominent Live-Action portrayal of the character (although Harley did feature in the short-lived ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' television series and a cameo in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'') and receiving acclaim in her recent projects.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After concerns over ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' being too dark and serious, many fans are looking forward to the movie's lighter, funnier tone.
* WinTheCrowd:
** Fans who were concerned that Warner Bros. would play it safe by churning out movies starring Superman, Batman, and the Justice League were pleasantly surprised to hear that this was the first project that they would release on after ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' hits theaters. Many fans are also happy that they're trying to do something different with their shared universe.
** The announced cast has also been generally well-received in contrast to the casting of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor, which all proved immediately contentious among fans for various reasons. The casting of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was particularly praised, even by detractors.
** The second trailer set to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." It managed to turn naysayers into fans and had a great effect on the more casual audience at large.
** Jai Courtney generally has his fair share of detractors in any movie he's been in, but his performance as Captain Boomerang in the trailer has drawn something of a HeReallyCanAct response. It helps that he also gets some of the funnier moments.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Downplayed in one case. While most fans were good with the main cast when they were announced, a few were surprised that Will Smith landed the role of Deadshot due to the RaceLift involved. Furthermore, since initial buzz for the film centered on the actors approached while the characters were yet unknown, some expected he was going to play [[CaptainEthnic Black Manta]] or another black supervillain as opposed to a character who has appeared prominently on ''Arrow''. It should be noted that the role was met without controversy, unlike [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Michael B. Jordan being cast as the Human Torch]], but a bit of surprise from fans. Meanwhile, some are just unsure if he can pull off a villainous role that's so heavily against type.
** Largely averted with the rest of the cast, who have been more well-received as a whole than other casts hired for Film/DCExtendedUniverse productions.
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