Read the first round of fan and critic reviews for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad treatment.
More than a week out from the official release of Suicide Squad, hot and cold takes are already rolling in. With the media embargo fully lifted, both critics and pedestrians alike are sending up their thoughts. And they appear to be overwhelmingly in praise of the latest installment of the anti-hero epic from DC Comics.
FanDOM Managing Editor, Eric Goldman, describes James Gunn’s DC entry as a film that “delightfully, gleefully goes all out with mayhem, gore, profanity and naughtiness.” Gizmodo contributor, Germain Lussier, confirms “The Suicide Squad is as funny, irreverent and violent as promised.” A self-proclaimed skeptic, even People’s Kara Warner raves over Suicide Squad‘s “balls to the wall bonkers” team of assassins and criminals earning their R-rating in “very entertaining ways.”
The first round of reactions to the pseudo-sequel is all of a similar pitch, gushing over Gunn’s blend of humor, violence, and heart in repackaging a DC title from just a few years back. The film features Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, John Cena as Peacemaker, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, David Dastmalchianas as Polka-Dot Man, and that barely even scratches the surface of the DC villains making appearances in Gunn’s treatment.
Watch the trailer for Suicide Squad below and scroll on for the full range of reactions to the film. Catch it in theaters or in your living room via HBO Max on Friday, August 6th.
Yeah, I loved #TheSuicideSquad. Just delightfully, gleefully goes all out with mayhem, gore, profanity and naughtiness but then has some really heartfelt moments that you can invest in. And I loved the whole cast a whole lot.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) July 15, 2021
The Suicide Squad is as funny, irreverent and violent as promised.
What I liked best, though, was its heart. Gunn really balances the silly and the serious in a way that the two compliment each other really well. I dug it. Also? King Shark RULES. pic.twitter.com/QgzSqwxY8C
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 15, 2021
So this skeptic loved #TheSuicideSquad. It is balls to the wall *bonkers* in very entertaining ways. i.e. If you’re wondering whether James Gunn and that super rad @SuicideSquadWB cast would truly go there w/ the material & the R-rating, indeed they DO. pic.twitter.com/hQoGljScTx
— Kara Warner (@karawarner) July 15, 2021
Absolutely loved #thesuicidesquad. The movie is super violent, extremely funny, and a huge home fun for @JamesGunn and #DC. Tons of surprises and things I wasn’t expecting. Just a great movie. pic.twitter.com/sTchKRvU4Y
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 15, 2021
#TheSuicideSquad is a gory & explosive time that perfectly encaptures the chaos & violence of the source material. The cast is excellent together and there’s never a dull moment. Unexpected & fun, one of DC’s best. pic.twitter.com/4LXhNjBo7m
— Film Poser™️ Gabriela Atreides⚔️ (@gaby_burgos27) July 15, 2021
I had the BEST time watching #TheSuicideSquad — it is a swing-for-the-fences kind of comic book movie & I love that. It’s big, bold & visually stunning. You will see James Gunn’s horror roots splattered all over this thing. It’s violent, but hilarious. Angry, but also VERY sweet. pic.twitter.com/qUbXQ75abt
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 15, 2021
#TheSuicideSquad is absolutely insane. Violent as hell, raunchy, unforgiving.
James Gunn is fully unleashed. It’s sometimes overwhelming. It has moments of heart, humor, action, emotion… all of it. Relentless.
There’s nothing like it. Damn! pic.twitter.com/GTTMR3EOJD
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) July 15, 2021