“Suicide Squad” Gets Panned, Will Open Huge

The buzz is paying off in numbers it would seem as tracking figures for this week’s release of David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” indicate the film is on course for a bigger opening than even the wildest earlier estimates were pegging it at.

A week ago the DC Comics adaptation looked to be headed toward a $115 million three-day opening. Today that’s been revised upwards with The Wrap reporting that it will overtake “Deadpool” and potentially hit a $140 million opening.

The news is good for Warner Brothers who’ve hit a few bumps pre-release. The film’s premiere last night saw Ayer shouting “F–k Marvel” in reponse to someone who had shouted it at him. That set off a social media firestorm for which he has since had to apologise.

Then the embargo lifted on the film’s reviews two hours ago and the word? Not good. With 34 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes the film sits at 35% and a 5.3/10, that’s only a fraction above the 27% and 4.9/10 that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” received.

The main complaints seem to be that they’ve crafted a team of interesting characters played by strong actors and then given them nothing to do – the story, the villain and much of the second and third act have come under much criticism. Here’s a sampling of reviews:

“While it’s a bright, grimy, candy-colored mess, at least Suicide Squad is here to lighten up the place, break a few vases, take a few shots, and have some fun…” The Daily Beast

“A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn’t know what to do with them. The action of the film’s middle and latter stages is largely set in a gloomy murk that recalls far too many previous dour sci-fi/fantasy films, and by that point, vestiges of the opening stretch’s humor and snap long have fallen by the wayside. Suicide Squad may not quite commit harakiri, but it certainly feels like it’s taken far too many sleeping pills…” THR

“Compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment…” USA Today

“With Jared Leto playing Joker, the promise was of a return to the kind of storytelling found in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Sadly, that doesn’t prove to be the case at all…” The Independent

“It’s not satisfying storytelling; the flashbacks roll in and out, explaining either too much or too little, and the action may be violent but it’s not interesting…” Chicago Tribune

“Harley Quinn is an embodiment of all the conflicting things this frankly disastrous new movie, choppily written and directed David Ayer, is attempting to do…” Buzzfeed

“It goes for subversive, funny and stylish, and it succeeds wildly during the first act. But then… It plods on, checking off boxes on a list of cliched moments and meaningless plot points, making you wonder where all the razzle-dazzle went…” IGN

“Starts off flavourful, turns rather bland. This Injustice League jaunt proves that DC is still a long way behind Marvel for on-screen action…” Total Film

“Suicide Squad” opens in cinemas this Friday.