Chris Pratt describes the problem with Suicide Squad
When Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters next month, it will be the 15th official Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Over the course of those films, Marvel has spent time introducing superheroes, getting fans to care about them, and then doubling down on that excitement by having more and more of the heroes to meet and fight each other. Warner Bros. has tried something similar with their DC Extended Universe, whose latest installment was last year’s Suicide Squad, but the studio hasn’t achieved quite the same level of fan and critical adoration. In a recent press junket interview with i09, Guardians star Chris Pratt described what he saw as the big weakness of Suicide Squad and other DC movies.
“I really like all the Warner Bros. movies,” Pratt said. “I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad. They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters.”
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which introduced its heroes one by one before gradually bringing them together, Suicide Squad hit the ground running with a full group of characters before viewers even knew who they were. However, it seems like DC is already taking Pratt’s advice to heart. Having introduced Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, director David Ayer now plans to take her into the spinoff Gotham City Sirens. And after catching a brief glimpse of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, viewers will get the chance to spend time with the character in her upcoming solo movie this spring before she helps lead the team in November’s Justice League.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, meanwhile, is out May 5.