5 Things That Make Sense (& 5 That Don’t)

DC fans were pleasantly surprised by James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. After many were disappointed with the 2016 film Suicide Squad, Gunn’s movie brought a lot of the fun and adventure from Guardians of the Galaxy and mixed it with the acerbic humor of Deadpool.

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The movie’s action-packed sequences and its ability to not take itself too seriously is a quality that some have noted was missing in previous DCEU films. Of course, there were a few inconsistencies and some head-scratching moments. However, taking the parts that didn’t make sense and having fun with them is what the movie is all about


10 Didn’t Make Sense: No One Taught Weasel To Swim

The beginning of The Suicide Squad was incredible as it set the tone for the fun Tarantino violence that would be common throughout the film. But one thing that seemed odd was the presumed death of Weasel. The repellant-looking creature drowned after the team dove into the ocean. Rick Flag realized that Waller’s intelligence team never taught Weasel to swim.

Weasel’s drowning certainly provided comic relief in the beginning, but it raised the question of how a highly trained counterintelligence team overlooked an operative’s training.

9 Made Sense: Casting Viola Davis As Amanda Waller

The casting of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller cannot go overlooked. The unflinching willingness to detonate an explosive chip implanted in a team member’s skull for insubordination required a tough, no-nonsense demeanor that Davis effortlessly portrayed.

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It’s no secret that Davis is a phenomenal actress. Her performance in the first Suicide Squad was one of the few things fans liked about the critically panned movie. Getting her to reprise her role was an excellent decision. Hopefully, she’ll be there for future DCEU events as well.

8 Didn’t Make Sense: Blackguard’s Impulsive Planning

It isn’t beyond the realm of possibility for Blackguard to betray his squad as he is a criminal without any sentimental attachment. The perplexing question is why wouldn’t Blackguard link up with the Corto Maltese in a more subtle way, as opposed to blatantly walking out in the middle of a battlefield with his hands up?

Blackguard’s obvious betrayal was so sloppy that it left fans wondering what he was thinking. With such impulsive actions, it’s no wonder that Blackguard would end up with his face blown off.

7 Made Sense: Harley Quinn Was Chosen By Javelin As The Best Fit For His Weapon

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The new Task Force X member Javelin bonded unexpectedly well with Harley Quinn. As Javelin was dying on the beach, he entrusted Harley with his javelin as she was the only one he saw fit to take it. The logic behind giving Harley the javelin wasn’t explicitly stated by the dying hero.

Was it because Javelin had a premonition that she would use it to kill Starro? Or was she just the only one there to take it as he died? Whatever the reason, it made sense that Javelin would’ve endowed Harley as she was the most competent member of the force and the only one who survived the beach battle.

6 Didn’t Make Sense: Bloodsport Didn’t Disclose His Rat Phobia Earlier

Every hero has their own unique fear that snips at the Achilles’ heel of their courage. However, what’s puzzling is how late in the mission he disclosed his rat phobia. Waller introduced Bloodsport to all of the members of the second Task Force X, including Ratcatcher 2.

Bloodsport knew full well about the abilities of Ratcatcher 2. Yet, for some reason, he never revealed he hated rats until they had already embarked on their mission. Bloodsport then revealed that his phobia stemmed from childhood trauma. It doesn’t make sense for Bloodsport to let a fear that traumatizing slide especially when it could get in the way of teamwork.

5 Made Sense: Polka-Dot Man’s Backstory Gives Justification For His Existence

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Polka-Dot Man was an obscure villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery. James Gunn turned him into a fan favorite by giving him a legitimate backstory to justify his weird powers. Moviegoers may have found themselves asking why a character who shoots polka dots would be in the film.

Polka-Dot Man explained that his mom was a scientist who was obsessed with superheroes and gave her children superpowers. This obsession caused Polka-Dot’s mom to infect him with a virus where he had to expel polka dots or else they’d consume his body.  This is such a brilliant aspect of the plot because it justifies this offbeat character and makes his appearance in the film plausable.

4 Didn’t Make Sense: Rick Flag Unexpectedly Knew Where To Find The Incriminating Hard Drive

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During the reveal of the real reason behind Task Force X’s mission, Rick Flag (played by Joel Kinnaman) went over and found the secret hard drive that Waller wanted to be destroyed. This crucial scene was so filled with heightened emotions that it’s easy to overlook how strange it was that Rick knew exactly where the hard drive was.

There wasn’t any indication that the incriminating hard drive was in that exact spot he found it or that it contained the damning evidence in the first place. Rick just guessed where it was and was right thanks to sheer dumb luck. It’s a small detail in a great reveal that doesn’t make any sense.

3 Made Sense: The Plot Twist With The US Government’s Role Being Involved With Starro

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For a climax that included destroying a monstrous starfish, the twist was rather clever. Instead of having the team defeat two villains, The Thinker and Starro, the film added a third villain: The United States government. The reveal that the goal of Task Force X wasn’t to stop the Corto Maltese but to cover up the United States’ role in harboring Starro made the film more intriguing.

What made it interesting was that there’s never a real distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. The presumed law abider, Amanda Waller, endorses an unethical mission while the degenerates of Task Force X become the real heroes. This twist made it clear that anyone can be a hero or a villain depending on the circumstance.

2 Didn’t Make Sense: Peacemaker Survived Being Shot In The Throat And The Jotunheim’s Collapse

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Bloodsport gravely injured Peacemaker using the smaller bullet method that Peacemaker previously praised. Even though he’s a rugged assassin, Peacemaker is still a human without any known superpowers. It’s extremely unlikely that he’d not only survive being shot in the throat but also survive being in a collapsed building.

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Fortunately, this plot hole will lead into a Peacemaker-centered series. Peacemaker’s survival will most likely be explained in that series, but until then, the fact he’s still alive has no clear rationale.

1 Made Sense: Harley Quinn Killed Silvio Luna To Protect Herself

For all the criticisms the DCEU receives, there has been tremendous work in exploring the depths of the character Harley Quinn. While previous iterations had her as the Joker’s abused lover, the DCEU had expanded Harley into more empowering roles. The Suicide Squad provided a great example of Harley’s growth as she made a morbid yet healthy decision to end a relationship with Corto Maltese leader Silvio Luna.

Luna wanted to marry Harley because he needed a family for political purposes. Despite Luna being a very handsome man, Harley decided to kill Luna unexpectedly. While the method of the break-up was gruesome, the reason behind it was self-actualizing and mature. Harley saw toxic relationship red flags in Luna that were very similar to the infamous Mister Jay. Noticing these red flags and acting on them highlighted Harley Quinn’s emotional development.

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