It was slated to be another fiasco following in the footsteps of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice after reviews from critics got on. But that hasn't stopped Suicide Squad from raking it in for its first two days in theaters.
Deadline got the numbers, and it seems that the $65 million earned on Friday shot up to $146 million. This is quite the opening, considering that the first day alone was enough to beat Iron Man 3's $62 million.
Of course, great sales may not equal great reviews. There was all this hate that avid fans have channeled against Rotten Tomatoes for the negative reviews of Suicide Squad.
But sadly, after seeing the movie myself, I'd say there's a big chance that the Box Office numbers also included those who felt they had to "see it to believe it"—the not-so-great appeal of the movie, I mean. Don't get me wrong, I went in with fairly high but tempered hopes that the critics are wrong. Or at least overly negative.
Suicide Squad seemed to be taking off from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the fear of Superman-like alien beings like him coming to Earth. This would have been a valid point, if the fear of Superman really felt concrete in the earlier movie—which, for me, it didn't.
It didn't help that, the entire time, I was thinking, how could the likes of (mostly human) criminals take on "meta-humans" like that? You have ex-psychiatrist Harley Quinn, maniac man Captain Boomerang, the I-never-miss Deadshot, and army man Rick Flag—all human. Diablo and Killer Croc were the only ones who were strikingly different, and all the latter did was swim in the sewers.
Oddly enough, the fact that they had to introduce the Justice League at the end credits—heroes who have, technically, far superior powers than their Suicide Squad counterparts—makes it feel like the supervillains here are redundant. After all, if it weren't for Diablo's magnificent transformation, I doubt anyone would've been able to really take care of The Big Bad in that story, who, oddly enough, was actually the most powerful of all in the Squad.
I guess the idea was there. If only the foundation on which it tries to stand on was pretty solid.
As of writing, Suicide Squad's reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes is already down to 26% for its Tomatometer. Of the 226 reviews filed, 167 of these rated the movie rotten. But in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fashion, the audience score for the movie is 74%. Interestingly, this comes from 68,822 user ratings, with an average of 3.9 out of 5 scores.
What did you think of Suicide Squad? Were the anti-heroes so bad that the movie was good—or just plain bad?