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We all know that bad guys are bad, but what one new movie supposes is… maybe they’re good?
For what feels like several decades, Hollywood has been yelling at us to be excited for Suicide Squad, a DC-universe-set summer blockbuster starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto. The marketing blitz and manufactured buzz for the villainous flick are seemingly without precedent, almost as if Warner Bros. was really, really worried that it might completely bomb.
And now that the embargo on reviews has been lifted, we see that it had good reason to fear: Critics have savaged Suicide Squad in no uncertain terms, and it currently boasts a dismal 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. On social media, meanwhile, this dud is getting dragged like you wouldn’t believe. It’s an all-out bloodbath.
suicide squad may be bad but it will still be great to see those classic villains we know and love team up, like throw man and steel face
— kept_simple (@kept_simple) August 2, 2016
Wow, Suicide Squad was TWISTED. Joker kissed another man on the mouth before he killed him! A man on the mouth! Could go to hell for that!!
— shut up, mike (@shutupmikeginn) August 2, 2016
I saw Suicide Squad last night but I haven’t reviewed it because it was so f*cking sick and twisted that I barfed in the theater.
— Tom Ley (@ToLey88) August 2, 2016
“Suicide Squad” looks like a movie made from what Tim Burton daydreams about while he’s supposed to be writing a movie.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) August 2, 2016
Can’t trust the SUICIDE SQUAD reviews because there’s a very real chance the critics were all driven insane by how twisted it is
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 2, 2016
I was stunned at how bad Suicide Squad was. Expected a dumb romp, at least more coherent than Batman v Superman. It’s worse. Way, way worse.
— David Sims (@davidlsims) August 2, 2016
My skills include “walking wide-eyed into my own undoing” which explains both my personal relationships and why I’m seeing Suicide Squad
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) August 2, 2016
Sir I’m afraid you’ll have to leave
BUT I’M WATCHING SUICIDE SQUAD
Sir this is Hot Topic, the theatre is
I PAID FOR MY TICKET YOU FASCIST
— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) August 2, 2016
The National Institute of Health recommends that Suicide Squad only be viewed through a camera obscura to prevent twistedness overdose.
— Matt Chistman (@cushbomb) August 2, 2016
It’s hard to believe Suicide Squad is getting terrible reviews. Everything about it indicated it would be much worse than terrible.
— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) August 2, 2016
suicide squad may be the worst movie of 2016 but at least the cast members got commemorative tattoos that will be on their bodies forever
— Charlie Startup (@bobby) August 2, 2016
Folks I can’t be the only one disappoted suicide squad isn’t a heavens gate documentary
— do the smockin tweet (@trillballins) August 2, 2016
Suicide Squad’s one Asian is a samurai. Its one Latino is a gang member. If it had a Canadian character, it would be a bottle of maple syrup
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) August 2, 2016
suicide squad was so evil and twisted… i can’t believe the joker looked right at the camera & said “the Undertale OST is mediocre at best”
— Eric Dill (@saxbot) August 2, 2016
guys apparently the stars of suicide squad walked on the BLACK carpet at the films premiere…….. how delightfully twisted
— batesy.edu.au (@alejandrobates_) August 2, 2016
*looks at poster for Suicide Squad*
very cool how they made a movie out of the Warheads candy franchise
— Joe Rumrill (@2tonbug) August 1, 2016
I don’t want to see Suicide Squad because the version of it in my imagination is too stupid and hilarious to ruin with the real thing.
— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) August 2, 2016
[whispering to date while watching Suicide Squad when Suicide Squad first appears on the screen] That’s Suicide Squad
— Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) August 2, 2016
But hey, that’s just what happens when you try too hard to be cool. I’m sorry—I meant sick and twisted. Anyway, plenty of people pledged to fork over their hard-earned cash to actually see this turkey for themselves, which is very generous.
And the person who hates Suicide Squad most of all? That honor may have to go to Viola Davis, who seems 150 percent done with this shit—or possibly has beef with BuzzFeed.
Comic book movies are important, and we should never, ever stop making or watching them.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'