Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Review

Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Review

It's time to take a ride on the darker side

Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay is the latest in DC’s Animated New 52 movie universe canon, following Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, which was released last year. This one is R-rated like Justice League Dark and Gotham By Gaslight were, and it makes full use of this. Within minutes of the movie’s beginning bullets are ripping through heads and bodies almost too quickly to keep track of and the anti-heroes aren’t afraid to drop foul language while they kill up a place either. The death count hits higher than some other DC movies in their entirety before the opening credits even roll, so while this is very fitting for the Suicide Squad in particular, don’t think that just because it takes place in a world of superheroes it’s okay for kids. The Super Friends this is not.

The plot itself moves along briskly. As is standard in stories involving the Suicide Squad AKA Task Force X, Amanda Waller has put together a ragtag team of incarcerated villains from across the DC universe to do a job too dirty for the heroes to get involved with in exchange for shaving off some of their prison time. In this case, their mission is to retrieve a special (spoiler-heavy) item which is said to have the power of redemption. While this is definitely some goofy comic book territory, it also works nicely as a surprisingly melancholy metaphor for the kind of salvation the anti-heroes are looking for on Suicide Squad.

The focus of the movie’s character development rests squarely on Deadshot, but fellow squad members Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, Bronze Tiger, and Copperhead all have their parts to play as well and they do so entertainingly. Tiger in particular acts as a compelling moral foil to Deadshot, and Harley Quinn is always fun.

Up against them are both Vandal Savage and Professor Zoom along with their own teams of allies. This setup allows for fast-paced story developments and a ton of cool cameos from more obscure DC characters like Professor Pyg and Vertigo, plus a plot twist or two that is legitimately surprising. Nobody is safe, loyalty is rare, and anyone can die, which is sure to keep viewers on their toes.

Overall, this might just be the best Suicide Squad movie to date, beating out both the more recent live action adaption and the previous animated film Assault On Arkham. While it does have a few minor writing gaffs its strengths more than make up for them and the whole thing is a wild romp through DC's darker side.

8.5/10 Chicken Nuggies

Cover Image Credit: Mundo Mórbido

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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