Suicide Squad, the last great hope in a tepid summer blockbuster season—and the third attempt by Warner Bros. to cultivate mass excitement for their nascent DC shared universe film slate—opens today to…mixed reviews. While some DC diehards fervently reject the mere suggestion that David Ayers’ PG-13 action romp may not live up to the promise of its well-received, darkly humorous trailers, critics seem to largely agree that the film, like last year’s abysmal Fantastic Four, fails to meld its myriad components into a coherent, enjoyable whole. Don’t shed any tears for Warner Bros. quite yet, though—box office projections still predict a huge opening, which will likely help the film coast to a respectable, if not bombastic, worldwide haul when all is said and done.
And much like Margot Robbie’s indefatigable take on the murderous moll Harley Quinn, the burgeoning Suicide Squad franchise will hopefully take its critical licks and come back for more with (improved) future installments. With a core premise based on a theoretically expendable cast, that also means more characters, if only to give Will Smith’s Deadshot fresh bodies to step over. From the storied John Ostrander/ Kim Yale/ Luke McDonnell run to the Harley-led New 52 iteration, the Suicide Squad has welcomed all manner of crazies, killers and cannon fodder into its ranks over the years. The whackos in the gallery above, however…probably won’t be coming to a theater near you any time soon.
But what do we know? Slipknot, an obscure Firestorm villain known for his strong rope-tying prowess (the envy of Boy Scouts everywhere, truly) and lack of belief in explosive collars, got a dedicated character poster. It’s a wild world.