"Forgive me for my wrongs; I have just begun."
- Rick Ross "Purple Lamborghini" (Suicide Squad soundtrack)
Now You See Me, Now You Don't seems to be the brief yet effective Dark Knight beverage served up in the recent August 5th release of Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis.
With the latest Suicide Squad reveal showcased at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, like previous trailers have hinted, the Bat made a stylish splash on the parade of the movies hired for help bad guys in form of the Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Bommerang, as well as a few others.
With a premise that should not find itself on anyone's award ballot, Suicide Squad is intelligently positioned as an action-packed bromance, featuring some of comic fans greatest super-villains from the world of Gotham. And how could you possibly have a party with so many of Gotham's hardened criminals who have all tasted the rugged justice of the Bat, without sending an invitation to Wayne manor.
Batman is featured in Suicide Squad, but don't expect his presence to be over bearing. Tastefully it is smart to have added the Bat to the mix, seeing as most of the Suicide Squad member one way or another have had unsuccessful run-ins with the caped crusader. This is in fact something hinted at in the movie as a way of pouring a bit more balance on the Suicide Squad movie watching experience.
Though the Bat isn't the star of the show, I must say, Deadshot played by Will Smith, along with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn both sealed the deal, making Suicide Squad a bearable DC movie watching affair. No, I am not going to go on a rant complaining about Jared Leto's lackluster Joker performance (I'm still trying to get over Heath Ledger's herculean Joker impression – I never will) but it could have been somewhat saved with better writing. I mean, when was the last time you read a DC comic, featuring the Joker as an emotional wreck madly in love with anyone, really DC!
Adding even more edible excuses to the Leto plate of 'it wasn't that bad, really', rumors have been circulating that key Joker sense were axed from the final theatrical cut. Unfortunately, we'll never know, unless a Director's Cut with additional footage is made available.
Suicide Squad is fun, despite the missed opportunities. Critics have been brutal, and to their defense, some concerns are valid, but walking away I see more upside to future DC flicks, just as long as they stick with established themes and character personalities of comic yesteryears. By the way, is it me or does Viola Davis emphatically nail every part she's given.
Thank God for great casting in key roles.
Wine Pairing: 2014 Prisoner
The Prisoner Red Blend pairs perfectly with the Suicide Squad. It's unapologetic, daring, and fruit-forward. This wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Syrah, and Charbono. The fruit is sourced from all over Napa Valley. The Prisoner has notes of mocha, huckleberry, raspberry, bing cherry, cinnamon and fig.
Contributing author: Derrick Smith, founder of the widely popular video game digital publication Game Insider.