Suicide Squad is a task force comprised of super villains, created by a secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), named A.R.G.U.S.They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
So, it’s a bit like that series Breakout Kings, which ran for two seasons and ended on a cliffhanger. Because it was cancelled. Because no-one watched it. So you probably haven’t heard of the TV series I’m wishing was still running. But anyway, the important news is that the film has been rated a 15-certificate by the BBFC. Why is this important?
Well, I’m getting a bit sick of superhero movies. I want them to do something different. For example, this year’s Captain America: Civil War was just a rehash of last year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice ran for about three months, even in its theatrical form. In all cases, they’ve been tame 12-certificate movies. ‘Movies by committee’ as they say. In fact, the 182-minute Ultimate Edition of BvS will be a 15-certificate, but we were stupidly denied that at the cinema. Shame, as it means I’ve paid for a lacklustre experience at the Odeon IMAX.
I want something with a bit more bite. Deadpool had that. Aside from the fruity language, there was some decent violence which could normally command an 18-certificate, but as they’re superhero characters, they get away with a 15.
On seeing the Suicide Squad trailers, they looked like they’d pack a similar punch to Deadpool, but I thought “PLEASE DON’T DUMB THEM DOWN TO A 12-CERTIFICATE!!!!”, and the gods have smiled on us, for the BBFC have awarded it an uncut 15!
Up until July 26th, the BBFC site didn’t state the reasons why it received a 15, so the info can be read below, although I’ll wrap a spoiler header around it in case you don’t want to read it:
Suicide Squad runs straight on from BvS and it stars Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (why?) as Enchantress, Ben Affleck as Batman, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, plus Common and Scott Eastwood, but the dominating force is still Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
The film is released on August 5th, the same date as the US, and it’s written and directed by David Ayer (Sabotage).
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size version:
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