While marred by less-than-stellar writing, and an atrociously crafted villain that looked like it came out of 2002’s Scorpion King — it still has it where it counts; great entertaining characters, propelled by entertaining action.
The Batman is aesthetically pleasing to watch and it’s elevated by Robert Pattinson’s excellent portrayal of the World’s Greatest Detective. But it’s unfortunately crippled by lousy pacing and a convoluted final act.
Overall, Gunn’s sensibilities and his masterful character-work is what drives The Suicide Squad to such great depths.
Everything from the character interactions, to the dialogue, and the action sequences derive from a very energetic, and joyful sense of direction. This feels very much like an unabashed love letter to Richard Donner’s Superman (1976).
The Man of Steel has been through a lot, and that’s saying something…