YMMV / Suicide Squad

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    The Comics 
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The subplot about the two Doctors Light and the demon torturing them.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • Amanda Waller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the Justice League Unlimited 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 in The Killing Joke, 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 several comic series including Birds of Prey, her own TV show of 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. Easily mending the relationship between her son-in-law and her daughter by force of pure, unadulterated Sassy Black Womanhood.
    • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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 Identity Crisis. Even weirder, Waller of all people eventually relents and decides mind-wiping is too extreme.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 Batman: The Animated Series and the latter in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series).
  • Magnificent Bastard: AMANDA WALLER. There are VERY few people in the DCU who beat her at this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: As of issue 6, Yo-yo is still alive inside King Shark's stomach and he appears briefly to beg for help.
  • Tainted by the Preview: 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 Secret Six 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 
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Judging from this movie's trailers, the film seems to be lighter in tone to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 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 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 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.
  • Awesome Music: The second trailer is beautifully cut around "Bohemian Rhapsody". The third one also includes Ballroom Blitz by Sweet and the cover of You Don't Own Me by Grace
  • Broken Base:
    • DC's higher ups pulling Executive Meddling on Arrow over their usage of Deadshot, Katana and Harley Quinn which resulted in the characters being killed off, Put on a Bus 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 So Okay, It's Average and not as interesting or true to the source material as the film's colorful 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.
      • Similarly, Jared Leto's performance as the Joker has met with some derision (especially his alleged Method Acting off-camera). A significant amount of people at best think Leto is trying way too hard.
    • 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 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.
  • Crazy Awesome: 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, it makes for a striking image.
  • Creepy Awesome: This version of Joker is possibly even more unsettling yet just as fascinating as his predecessors.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fandom Berserk Button: 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 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 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 comedically horrible happen to them the second they begin talking about it.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A pretty big one with the Arrowverse, mainly because this movie more than any other takes so many villains and characters off the table for the CW shows, Harley Quinn, Dead Shot, 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jai Courtney and the actor playing the Arrow version of Captain Boomerang, Nick Tarabay, are both alumnae of the show Spartacus. Also, the announcement of Courtney's casting happened close to Tarabay's first major appearance on Arrow.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people are interested in seeing how an anti-hero/villain-led superhero 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.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "So that's it then. We're the patsies. We're some kind of 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If murdering Robin - a minor - before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't make Joker enough of a monster already, torturing Dr. Harleen Quinzell probably removes any kind of sympathy to the character.
  • Narm Charm:
    • 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 Wayne's World.
    • 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Like Heath Ledger before him, Jared Leto 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, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Karen Fukuhara as Katana following after Michael Rowe, Nick Tarabay and Rila Fukushima, respectively, in Arrow.
    • Margot Robbie 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 Birds of Prey television series and a cameo in Arrow) and receiving acclaim in her recent projects.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After concerns over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being too dark and serious, many fans are looking forward to the movie's lighter, funnier tone.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • 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 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 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.
    • 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 He Really Can Act response. It helps that he also gets some of the funnier moments.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • 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 Race Lift 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 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 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 Extended Universe productions.

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