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!! The Comics
* 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.
** For perspective, following her crippling, Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Yvonne Craig in the Batman TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get her own TV show, several comic series, 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.
* 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 ''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.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The guy's name is Captain Boomerang, for crying out loud, yet he's one of a handful of characters to survive the whole series while going on most every mission, even ones where his teammates actively try to kill him.
* 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.

!! The Movie
* BrokenBase:
** The Joker being in the movie, primarily because of not being 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. Late 2014 reports suggest he'll be a supporting antagonist, which if true would make complaints about him being a ''member'' of the Squad moot (although the validity of these is yet to be confirmed).
** 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. 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.
** That the Joker has tattoos is also a source of division. Some think they're an interesting design change to distinguish the character from previous versions, and others think that DC is trying too hard to be edgy.
** Leaked photos from the Toronto shoot have revealed that the Batmobile and Batman himself will appear during a car chase with the Joker. While a few people are excited to see the DC Cinematic Universe doing something like this, others feel like it shows that DC doesn't trust the Suicide Squad enough to not pull in Batman.
* CreepyAwesome: The Joker, though some say DC's overdoing the creepiness in this version.
* EvilIsSexy: Harley Quinn as always. Being played by Creator/MargotRobbie definitely [[MsFanservice contributes more to the sexiness factor]].
* FridgeBrilliance: The Joker having all those silver fillings over his teeth is more than just an attempt to make his appearance different from previous incarnations. Given how he's fought Batman numerous times before, it would make perfect sense for him to have lost a lot of teeth from being beaten repeatedly by him through the years.
* 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 a anti-hero/villain-led superhero movie will turn out, along with what this means for the DCCU. There are even several fans that are looking forward to this ''more'' than to seeing Batman and Superman fight and team up on film. Others just want to see a live-action version of Harley Quinn.
* MemeticMutation:
** Spoofs of the Joker's portrait reveal are fairly common.
** Variants on "[[Film/TheDarkKnight Wanna know how I got these]] [[TattooedCrook tattoos]]?" are fairly common in discussing this movie's version of the Joker.
** A fan theory posted on Twitter that this version of The Joker [[CompositeCharacter is Jason Todd]], having undergone a FaceHeelTurn, has gained some traction in the online world.
** Deadshot's line, "So, that's it, huh? We're the patsies? We're some kind of [[TitleDrop suicide squad]]." being restated in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHjBa8tWRbk exaggerated Ebonics]].
* MoralEventHorizon: If beating Jason Todd - a ''[[WouldHurtAChild minor]]'' - to death before the events of the ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' didn't make Joker enough of a monster already, torturing Dr. Harleen Quinzell to insanity probably removes any kind of sympathy to the character.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm:
** Joker's tattoos may be absurd, but Jared Leto's performance is absolutely '''terrifying''' regardless.
** The trailer's slow, creepy version of "I Started a Joke" could not be more blatant about DC trying to force their own version of [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron "I've Got]] [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} No Strings"]]. And yet, it still works pretty well.
* NightmareFuel:
** This movie's take on the Joker. [[NightmareRetardant "Damaged" tattoo aside.]] Particularly what he does to Harley Quinn.
** From the trailer: the sinister rendition of "I Started a Joke" by the Bee Gees.
* NightmareRetardant: Jared Leto's performance as the Joker is appropriately scary and intimidating, but the gangsta-esque tattoos and teeth grill really damages the effect, making it look like Joker is trying way too hard to be edgy.
* TaintedByThePreview:
** A lot of people were excited to see what Jared Leto could bring to the role of the Joker... Until it was revealed that he wore a bunch of tattoos, which caused a widely-liked casting decision to become the subject of a BrokenBase. While this look doesn't actually affect how he plays the character, [[HistoryRepeats it should seem familiar]] in that Creator/HeathLedger went through the same thing, albeit worse ([[WTHCastingAgency since him being cast as the Joker was mocked from the beginning]], [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct before the movie came out]]).
** Once the actual trailer was released, however, reception to his take on the character improved.
* TearJerker: The trailer makes it clear that Harley Quinn and Enchantress both go through horrible, horrible things on their ways to becoming super-criminals.
* 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, due to portraying a character that hasn't appeared in the film medium previously (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.
* 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 five seconds of Jared Leto's performance as the Joker in the Comicon trailer has had this effect on a loooooot of people.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** 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, most likely due to the RaceLift involved; 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]][[note]]Though he was only revealed to be black [[SuddenlyEthnicity several years after his debut.]][[/note]] or another black supervillain. 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 DC Comics adaptations.
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