With the disappointing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still lingering in the minds of many, it seems only natural that even the most ardent of fans would approach the release of Suicide Squad with some degree of trepidation. The publicity for the film has been fantastic, of course – showing us something which seemed genuinely entertaining. But, even with that, it has felt as though cautious optimism was the best that some could manage.
Now that Suicide Squad has been released, though, it seems that the audience's doubts may have been warranted, after all. It would have to be a fairly significant understatement to say that the critics haven't been very kind in their reviews – with some seeming to take a very genuine delight in tearing the film apart (although, that's not really anything new for some critics).
So, going in to my own viewing of Suicide Squad with these thoughts in the back of my mind, I was prepared to be very disappointed. By the end of the film, though, I was left wondering if we had all really watched the same film.