Review: The Suicide Squad

The individual in question is writer-director James Gunn, the man behind Marvel's surprise 2014 hit Guardians Of The Galaxy.

After he was fired from the second sequel over old off-brand tweets, Gunn was a risky signing for DC's beleagured franchise.

But you can see it pay off in a gloriously off-kilter first act. As an menagerie of minor DC villains are sprung from prison to raid a South American island, it's like watching the po-faced DC Universe tear itself apart.

After a bravura twist, Gunn's leads emerge from a very crowded pack – Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and King Shark, a hungry CGI fish god amusingly voiced by Slyvester Stallone.

There are striking action scenes, a dastardly turn from Peter Capaldi and a refreshingly unpredictable plot.

"I cherish peace with all my heart," says Cena's patriotic superhero. "I don't care how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it."

I would have liked to have been funnier and the future of the DC Universe is looking deliciously dark.

  • John Cena
  • Marvel
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