Why I’m Not Planning To See Suicide Squad

Enough time has passed that practically every comics web site has done their review of Suicide Squad. The general consensus is that it has obvious signs of reworking and a plot with serious problems. Margot Robbie and Will Smith shine while Jared Leto is disappointing, sometimes to the point of angering fans. I am not planning to review this film. In fact, I’m not even planning to see it until it is released on video. Pay attention.


Suicide SquadI know, some of you are saying, “Watch it and make up your own mind.” Doing so Tadds my money to the mountain of cash that Warner Bros. will make on what appears to be a sub-standard movie. The studio looks at is the cash. All they’ll learn from Suicide Squad is that nerds will go see anything, and quality doesn’t matter.

Quality does matter. It’s time Hollywood learned it. Some of the studios have. Marvel Studios seems determined to make a good movie, no matter who the characters are. I loved a movie with Rocket Raccoon in it, and I’m looking forward to a Doctor Strange film. I hate Thor and I love Chris Hemworth’s portrayal of the character. Deadpool, was made by people that were genuinely determined to make a good movie and I, sick to death of Deadpool, loved it. The thing is, Hollywood doesn’t learn from success, but they do learn from failure.

I guarantee that if we stop going to see these disappointing super-hero films, they will stop making them. I know, some of you are now saying, “But don’t you want comic book movies made?” No, I don’t, especially like this. We can hope that they will learn from good comic book movies, but past performance shows us that they won’t. They will keep thinking that success is a simple formula that can be recreated, and while we once had a dearth of comic book movies, that was remedied by good comic book movies coming out.

We have to stop rewarding bad behavior. Those of you that are parents understand, and it should be those same ideals that we try to instill in motion picture studios. After all, in many ways, the studios make their decisions like children.

I chose this same tactic with X-Men: Apocalypse, but I was silent. Sony is planning on another X-Men film that will try to shoe-horn too many characters and too much into another two-hour film. Mark my words, it will leave us wanting. Make a good movie. I will go see it. I urge more of you to do the same. However, if you’re there on opening weekend and get fooled, don’t make excuses for it. Let people know that you thought that it wasn’t very good.