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Never mind the good, only the bad and the ugly can be members of the superteam at the heart of this underpowered launch of another comic-book franchise. Following the catastrophic events of
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
, the US government sanctions hard-as-nails Amanda Waller (a menacing Viola Davis) to press-gang incarcerated villains into doing its dirty work - rogues such as hitman supreme Deadshot (Will Smith), cannibal Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and the Joker's madcap moll, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). So far, so
. Unfortunately, the end-of-the-world shenanigans of the Squad's mystical, megalomaniac adversaries and their laughably bulbous-headed minions are only routinely thrilling. It's all in stark contrast to the breeze and banter of Marvel's
Guardians of the Galaxy
, though the cast is undoubtedly game, with Smith and Robbie's coquettish but manic blonde bombshell taking centre stage. However, character chemistry is limited and there's a distinct lack of suspense. Even cameos from Ben Affleck's Batman and Jared Leto's Joker (here played as a feral popinjay with gold teeth and tattoos) cannot provide a sufficient charge to this missed opportunity to make bad guys look good.
A ragtag team of gifted villains, including Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, are strong-armed into doing good by a no-nonsense government agent. Fantasy adventure, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.
Cast & Crew
Floyd Lawton / Deadshot
Dr Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
Lieutenant GQ Edwards
June Moone / Enchantress
Bruce Wayne / Batman
DVD and Blu-ray
5 Aug 2016
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