For over a decade, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation have been releasing original animated films. Some of them have been fantastic, a few better than any of the live action movies if you ask me.
However, I feel like they spend too much time focusing on Batman and Superman, and not enough on their other properties. I would love to see more Green Lantern animated features. I would scream in fanboy ecstasy upon the release of an R-Rated Lobo, especially if they bring back Brad Garrett to do the voice (I hope you’re listening Warner Bros.). This past weekend, I got to see their latest feature, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.
When I first watched the trailer, I have to admit that I wasn’t that impressed. The only thing that really made want to see it was the fact that Christian Slater was the voice of Deadshot. After seeing it, I have to say that this is one of the better recent entries, possessing a style I haven’t seen in a DCAU film. Sam Liu’s approach is a welcomed one, the opening title sequence is done like a seventies “Grindhouse” film, with some fun dialogue to further add to that aesthetic. Also, since Hell to Pay is rated R, they can get away with a lot more. There’s quite a bit of over the top gore in the opening scene, which also bolsters the grindhouse tone. The dialogue is funny and they don’t spend too much time with exposition; I was really pleased with that. Amanda Waller is portrayed perfectly here, a hard-nosed woman with a Machiavellian ethic. Every scene she’s in, she steals. Even so, my favorite character in the movie is Deadshot. Slater does an amazing job portraying Floyd Lawton, his voice just fits the character’s snarky quips so well. Slater was the perfect casting choice for this movie, as Deadshot carries most of the film. Tara Strong also does a superb job voicing Harley Quinn, as she always does. Surprisingly though, Harley Quinn was down played quite a bit in this one. She was more of a background character, and I was okay with that. I was really glad to see that they were at least trying to put the spotlight on the other, more obscure characters. There’s even a really cool surprise in here for all of you who loved The Flashpoint Paradox feature. All in all, what we get is a fun filled ride with the flair of an exploitation film.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is currently available on VOD and will soon be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 10th.