"#theskwad" is so groan-worthy which is the point but still.
Constant God imagery / references with Amanda Waller. Angel wings (helicopter flares), tower to heaven, "meet God". Pretty interesting. She descends downward in the helicopter. Is she a fallen angel?
Batman is an asshole. The way he captures Deadshot is amazing considering the way his own parents died.
Bruce Wayne likes what Waller did with #theskwad. Batman is a bad guy.
Waller gave Batman Deadshot's whereabouts, knowing he'd be with his daughter, and also knowing Batman is a vigilante who brands criminals... in the words of Deadshot, she is a mean lady.
Waller's end-game is slavery of assets, weaponized humans. When she hands Bruce the dossier at the end, the implication is she intended to enslave The Flash and Aquaman in much the same way she did #theskwad.
Joker exists only as a figment of Harley's imagination. Throughout the whole movie, he is her fantasy. She fantasises about being rescued by him. We only ever seen him from her POV. The camera and editing is very specific about that, even in the helicopter rescue sequence.
Captain beer-drinking Australia had a lot of personality, but I think the editing did a lot of work to remove that which is a shame. His funniest bit is when Enchantress shows them all their perfect fantasy futures, and he doesn't have one. Probably ties into his weird unicorn fetish, because unicorns aren't real.
Captain Boomerang also talks slipknot into trying to escape, knowing that they have bombs in their necks. When slipknot's bomb goes off, decapitating him, Captain Boomerang makes a joke. He's definitely a colourful character.
The end-of-the-world blue beam thing looks just like Zod's world engine. It seemed to be grinding rubbish and debris in the air. Zod's world engine crushes. They are very similar, but what's the metaphor?
The editing felt rough in places. Gags were held for too long, or build-up to a joke was too short. Some redundancy with repeated flashbacks. But where the editing works is reducing Joker to just being in Harley's mind, as well as making sure the city is devoid of personality.
The city is just a backdrop for violence, it doesn't actually matter. This is in contrast to BvS where we are shown cities with two distinct personalities. What's the film saying by having a meaningless city? It's called Midway, too, which strikes me as being on the nose. Does it have something to do with #theskwad earning their freedom?
Joker is played like a soft-drink Tony Montana, but white.
Between Nicholson and Ledger, Leto plays the sanest, least controversial Joker.
Joker is very conscious of his brand, but that may be because we only see him through Harley's eyes, and she is very conscious of his brand.
Robbie's fluctuating accent did get a little distracting. Love that she sees her self in a reflection of a store window. Her fight scene in the elevator was by far the best.
The action scenes sucked. Deadshot had some cool poses, but mostly fighting no-face goons was pretty boring. It's hard to imagine this is from the same director who gave us Fury which had excellent combat and action sequences. The only character who got decent characterisation through the action sequences was Deadshot.
Will Smith is very Will Smith, which you'd expect. If Hardy hadn't been forced to abandon SS, then he would have been a personality magnetic enough to counter Smith. As it stands, Kinnamon, while I think he's a pretty good actor, lacks a lot of screen presence, and this is even with his impressive size -- he's like two inches taller than Smith and way bigger.
Enchantress' weird little dance everytime we see her doing whatever to her energy beam was probably unintentionally funny.
The movie was way too fucking dark! I saw it in 3D on an imax, but fuck, there seemed to be very little contrast.