Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay [rating=3]
We all saw DC’s live-action adaptation of Suicide Squad and lets be real, it was about as bad as it gets. Underutilising some of the best characters in DC history and wasting a fantastic cast in what was one heck of a messy, poorly directed film. Who would have thought a straight-to-home media release could top a blockbuster? Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) returns to direct the film with a script from co-producer Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans).
In Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – consisting of team leader Deadshot (voiced by Christian Slater), Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger and Copperhead – are sent on a mission to find a mystical object so powerful, they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it for themselves. Unfortunately for the team of misfits, Professor Zoom also has his eye on the prize so the race is well and truly on.
The film was pretty good itself, nothing much better than the previous DC animated films recently released but I found myself engaged for the duration. There’s plenty of good bloody action and dark comedy in this entry to merit it’s mature rating and should appeal to fans of the previous DC animated films as it subtly connects storylines already seen. It was great being able to see lesser known villains get their screen time in ‘Hell to Pay’ with Doctor Pyg, Blockbuster, Bronze Tiger and Banshee all making appearances in the film.
Overall Suicide Squad’s latest outing is an enjoyable eighty-six minute watch with good solid action sequences and humour, but would have scored higher had the animation quality been better.
Bonus Features included in the Blu-Ray release are:
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, The Death of Superman
‘The Death of Superman’ is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.
Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang (Featurette)
Audiences get a deeper look at this unconventional, yet entertaining villain from Down Under and how he’s evolved from The Flash universe to the Suicide Squad.
Nice Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman in the DCU (Featurette)
Floyd Lawton, AKA Deadshot, is one of the most popular antiheroes in the DC pantheon. An excellent marksman and assassin, he often brags that he never misses his shot. Take a closer look at this fascinating character.
The Power of Plot Devices, MacGuffins and Red Herrings (Featurette)
An insightful examination of the power of a good plot device and the important influence it has over story.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Commentary
The creative filmmaking team of screenwriter/co-producer Alan Burnett and executive producer James Tucker share their thoughts and stories on the characters, themes and development of ‘Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay’.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is available on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital now.