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The live-action DC movies have been criticized for being too dark, boring, and poorly executed. Lately, it seems like the studio cares more about catching up to Marvel than creating a good superhero movie.
However, for some strange reason that I don’t understand, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment doesn’t have that problem when it comes to their animated films.
Though I reluctantly agree that Marvel is better with their cinematic universe, DC is miles ahead in this genre. These movies always have a strong cast, is perfectly animated, and are always entertaining.
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That’s why I became excited when I discovered the studio released Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. It was bloody, humorous, and everything that live-action Suicide Squad movie was supposed to be.
The movie begins with Amanda Waller (voiced by Vanessa Williams) sending off Deadshot, Black Manta, Count Vertigo, and couple Punch and Jewelee to retrieve a hard drive that holds leaked intelligence from Tobias Whale. While Task Force X is successful, remember that these characters are criminals so it’s no surprise that two members of the team attempt to betray everyone else.
Unfortunately, for Jewelee and Vertigo who fell in love while in prison, Deadshot still had his communicator on and Amanda Waller overheard their entire plan of selling the information on the flash drive.
So, in a very Waller fashion, she doesn’t hesitate to detonate the bombs in their neck. Though the animators decided to change how Waller looks, they still managed to keep her cold, ruthlessness which I love.
Three years later, Waller brings back Task Force X along with some familiar faces: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Boomerang, Killer Frost, Copperhead, and Bronze Tiger. Given a new task to find a magical artifact that can offer the one thing that everyone wants.
Since this a secret mission, this ragtag group must travel in an RV to blend in, but when one of your team members is the unpredictable Harley Quinn and another looks like a human-snake hybrid, it makes everything a bit more complicated.
What I loved about Hell to Pay is its execution of exploring themes like redemption and faith while still being funny. As much as I love Batman: Under the Red Hood and Flashpoint Paradox, Hell to Pay has easily become one of my favorite animated films because it’s engaging and makes you think.
And it’s all because of the cast members. Christian Slater perfectly captures the sarcastic and hard-edged, Deadshot. Billy Brown’s deep, smooth voice does amazing in showing how much Bronze Tiger doesn’t really belong in the team. Tara Strong, who’s one of my favorite voice actors does an excellent job of being the humorous Harley Quinn.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay was released digitally on March 27, 2018, and is available in Blu-ray and DVD since April 10th. It currently holds an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been positively received by critics and fans.
I'm a senior at Florida State University majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media. I love to cook, watch movies, play video games, read comics, and binge watch shows on Netflix.