After months of anticipation, trailers, and theories, David Ayer's Suicide Squad is finally in theaters today. And while we're all excited to see Harley Quinn, Joker, and Killer Croc kick some ass and takes some names, the stakes are truly high for Warner Bros. and DC. After the mixed reception of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it seemed that the villain-centric romp might be the saving grace of the DC Extended Universe. Suicide Squad reviews have started to come in, and unfortunately they're looking less than ideal. Of course, not everyone is so sure that the new DC film is a dud.
When comic book movies come out, there are a handful of experts who are usually asked their opinions. One of these is comic book aficionado and writer Kevin Smith. An avid DC fan, Smith's devotion to characters like Harley Quinn know no bounds. In fact, he actually named his daughter after the psychotic sidekick. So what did he think of the movie? He took to twitter to let us know.
Well, this is pretty cut and dry. Kevin Smith didn't just enjoy Suicide Squad, he thought it was a triumph that made DC comics as a whole proud. Those are pretty big words, especially coming form someone who has dedicated much of his career to crafting and discussing superheroic stories.
Kevin Smith's glowing opinion of Suicide Squad is in stark transition to most of the reviews that have hit the web. While the majority of reviews praised the individual performances and fleshing out of each character's backstory, particularly Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, the overall plot has been fairly universally eviscerated. And with the main narrative of the film being the biggest problem, it's hard to say how DC will react and move forward with their next slate of movies.
Of course, reviews aren't always the most important part of moviemaking. Big Hollywood blockbusters are produced mostly to make money, and it appears that Suicide Squad will do just that. Suicide Squad is poised to make an insane amount of money in its opening weekend, already breaking records for the ticket purchasing site Fandango. It's Thursday opening has made a whopping $20 million, so it appears that early reviews are not affecting audience's excitement to see the villains cause some chaos. And with money being one of the biggest indicators of success, we may just get more Suicide Squad films, despite its reviews.
Did you see Suicide Squad? Do you agree with Kevin Smith, or was your experience decidedly "eh"? Sound off in the comments below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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