In 2016, "Suicide Squad" was released into theatres with a mixed response from audiences and critics for underdeveloped characters, bleak and bland action scenes, and the misguided direction as to why each squad member was qualified for the mission presented in the film. Known for "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," James Gunn gives us the Suicide Squad movie we deserve. The story is incredible, the visuals are insane, and the action scenes are violent, which is rare to see in a superhero movie. There are two significant improvements James Gunn made from the original film that works well in this film. The first one is that the squad's mission is much clearer to understand in this film than in the original. The second improvement is that characters from the first film, particularly Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, are given much better character development. Margot Robbie once again shines as Harley Quinn and is quickly becoming the MVP of the DC Extended Universe. Idris Elba is fantastic as the new leader of the Suicide Squad, Robert DuBois, AKA Bloodsport. John Cena is great as Christopher Smith, AKA Peacemaker. The dynamic between Cena and Elba ranges from hilarious and excellent as the two men fight over to see who should take leadership of the operation. David Dastmalchian is hilarious as Abner Krill, AKA Polka-Dot Man, and Sylvester Stallone is excellent as King Shark. Newcomer Daniela Melchior gives an incredible performance as Cleo Cazo AKA Ratcatcher 2. Ratcatcher 2 is portrayed as a shy and innocent person who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and represents that not all villains are evil, making this an excellent breakout performance for Daniela Melchior. "The Suicide Squad" is a massive improvement over the original film because just like what happened with "Justice League," 2016's "Suicide Squad" was a victim of studio interference. By learning their lesson from past mistakes, the studio gave James Gunn free range to make the movie what he envisioned and what we got was a masterpiece. Thanks to James Gunn's direction and the incredible ensemble featuring Robbie, Elba, Cena, Kinnaman, Davis, Dastmalchian, Melchior, and Stallone, "The Suicide Squad" is the DC Extended Universe's hardcore version of "Saving Private Ryan" and not counting "Zack Snyder's Justice League" the best theatrical released film since 2017's "Wonder Woman."
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