Harley Quinn trumps ‘Suicide Squad’


Imogené Wolford, Entertainment Editor

This summer’s movie to see was “Suicide Squad,” a fantasy film based on a DC Comic Book that picks up where “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” leaves off.

If you are a fan of DC Comics or an avid movie watcher, you know that earlier this year DC Comics released “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice;” where there was an intense battle between Batman and Superman, and Batman prevails in the end—killing Superman.

In “Suicide Squad,” Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, leads a top-secret government agency, A.R.G.U.S., to form a highly skilled team that will take on missions that are too dangerous for the U.S. Military to handle on their own.

The squad is made up of ruthless criminals who come from various backgrounds, and have different, deadly influences and personalities: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Boomerang (Jai Courtney). The squad is led by Colonial Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman); with some help from his friend Katana (Karen Fukuhara).

Waller has agreed to help each member with their jail sentences, and any special demands that they may have to get them on board. Waller wouldn’t be herself if she didn’t display that she is in charge and has the power over these treacherous criminals.

She has each member injected with an explosive device that she has the remote for, as well as using their personal lives and families as collateral to ensure their full participation.

The squad’s mission is to take down a deadly force, that has powers beyond the Earth’s realm, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) a supernatural witch, who is over 2,000 years old. Enchantress has taken over June Moore’s (Cara Delvingne) body and released havoc in Midway City.

June Moore is also the girlfriend of Colonial Flag.

However, throughout the movie, each member’s motives or dealings are revealed; and the team has to decide whether they want to go ahead with the mission, or pursue their self-interests.

Enchantress has taken Waller as her hostage and plans to kill her first and prove a point, bringing her list of hostages to two—and the stakes of the mission increase.

The stakes are higher because the Suicide Squad needs Waller in order to get whatever help with their cases and sentences that they were promised.

The squad gets over their personal issues with one another and come together. They successfully complete the mission.

Many people focused on actor Jared Leto and his role as The Joker. Everyone is stuck in “The Dark Knight’s” astounding Joker character that was played by Heath Ledger. The Joker played only a small role in “Suicide Squad,” where his mission was to rescue his beloved Quinn.

It was his underestimated, strong Harley Quinn who stole the show. Throughout the mission she proved superior over her male counterparts.

Deadshot showed a sincere, brotherly admiration for Quinn in the movie—he always looked out for her and cared about her. You may remember Smith and Robbie’s on screen connection and chemistry from their 2015 crime drama film, “Focus.”

For Quinn this mission, and the whole movie, depicted her evolving as a character; and this was her coming to age film. She battled with finding herself and discovering what her purpose was in life.

Robbie’s character was the light in the dark tunnel for this film. Even though she was a “supervillian” she still showed she cared and longed for purity in love.

She brought her gitty wits, sarcasm, and bubbly personality, paired with her badass combat and baseball bat to the scene and proved that she was a force to be reckoned with herself.

She fought her inner demons: love, abandonment, self-worth, truth and loyalty throughout the movie and came out on top in the end.