Given the way that Marvel and Disney own the comic book movie market, DC and Warner Bros. are desperate to catch up. This weekend, they throw a Hail Mary with a first-of-its-kind supervillian team-up flick. At the same time, there’s a live-action talking pet comedy that I literally had no idea existed until today.
Opening on more than 4,200 screens is ‘Suicide Squad‘, a cartoony comic book action movie that puts several of DC’s iconic (and not so iconic) supervillians on a ‘Dirty Dozen’-like mission to save the world. The villains include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). Jared Leto cameos a few forced scenes as The Joker, Viola Davis plays the government agent who puts it all together, and Joel Kinnaman plays her right-hand man. You might even get a couple other DC character cameos – especially if you stick around for the credits.
‘Suicide Squad’ has a load of potential. Occasionally, it meets it. All too often, it doesn’t. It’s messy, like the puzzle pieces of two different movies were smashed together even though they don’t match. The end result is not only reminiscent of ‘Batman v. Superman’, it’s worse. Let’s just hope that Warner puts out a cleaner, more concise edit of ‘Suicide Squad’ on Blu-ray like it did with ‘BvS’.
Does the title ‘Nine Lives‘ ring any bells for you? Me neither. This family-friendly 2,200-screen release stars Kevin Spacey as a busy billionaire businessman who neglects his family all too often. Just when he’s at the pinnacle of a new career move, he finds himself trapped in the body of the family cat. Without having seen a trailer for this thing, I imagine he’ll have a Scrooge-like awakening in his feline state so that when he’s restored to his human form, he’ll be a better man, a better boss, a better husband and a better father. Bah humbug! Jennifer Garner, Cheryl Hines and Christopher Walken co-star.
A couple limited releases also take the stage this weekend, but nothing of note that’s stirring any buzz.