Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay is the 10th installment of the DC Animated Movie Universe which includes Justice League Dark. It is directed by Sam Liu, starring an all-star voice case, and follows an original story that is not based on a particular comic book arc, but pulls from several different plots.
Scandal Savage (Dania Ramirez) and Knockout (Cissy Jones) kidnap Professor Pyg (James Urbaniak) from Gotham City for “patient in need of medical attention.” At the same time, Task Force X Director Amanda Waller (Vanessa Williams) discovers that she has a terminal illness. She assembles Deadshot (Christian Slater), Harley Quinn (Tara Young), Captain Boomerang (Liam McIntyre), Killer Frost (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Copperhead (Gideon Emery), and Bronze Tiger (Billy Brown) for her Suicide Squad. She sends them a mission to find the former Dr. Fate (Greg Grunberg) and get a “get out of Hell free card.”
As they search for him, they discover that Professor Zoom (C. Thomas Howell), Silver Banshee (Julie Nathanson), and Blockbuster (Dave Fennoy) are searching for it. Little do they all know that Vandal Savage (Jim Pirri) is waiting in the wings to steal it as well.
This movie is better than Suicide Squad. I will get that out of the way right now. The characters match their comic book counterparts in a better way. The cast all perform their parts to perfection and the plot is not a run-of-the-mill comic book plot. It pays homage to the DC Universe without getting bogged down, updating it with ease, and so on.
My issues with the film. Spoiler alert for a moment.
Please observe the “R” rating. It has a bunch of unnecessary sexual content that did nothing but serve as eye-candy for perverts who are turned on by animation. Weird. Also, so many characters die. It kind of got out of hand. I don’t have a problem with characters dying permanently in a comic book film, but they killed off so many good characters I’m not sure what they’re going to if the plot of future films calls for them.
Bottom line, it is an interesting component added to the DC Animated Movie Universe and I can’t wait to see what they come up with the next.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Brutal, bloody violence, sexual content, strong language.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I didn’t sign-up to deal with an immortal butcher.
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