Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay              review by Bobby Blakey

DC Entertainment continues to be on a role with their animated features. Each one gets better and better with some of them continuing ongoing story arcs. The latest, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay brings the villainous heroes to the forefront with an original story that looks to cut them lose, but does it offer up the greatness that the DC animated features have been delivering or will this be on that has to be put down?

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay follows Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option. The all-star cast is led by Christian Slater in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown as Bronze Tiger, Liam McIntyre as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery as Copperhead, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell as Zoom, Dania Ramirez as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak as Professor Pyg, Julie Nathanson as Silver Banshee and Jewelee, and Jim Pirri as Vandal Savage & Vertigo.

From the first moment of this film you know that DC is not planning on pulling any punches. They take full advantage of the R rating here with plenty of blood and kills to keep fans entertained. There are some that might not like this adult direction to some of these movies, but I disagree especially with the Suicide Squad. These are bad people being forced to do bad things for the good guys and it shouldn’t be sugar coated. They offer up a plethora of characters from the villain roster of the DC universe without ever feeling the need to force in the usual good guy headliners. There is one pretty funny story element to the lone “good guy” that makes an appearance which was a direction I had not expected.

Much like the ongoing Justice League and Teen Titans the animation and character designs are excellent and offer up yet another great outing for DC animation. There is no shortage of action and any fans of these characters will no doubt have a great time. On the plus side Harley Quinn is here, but not shoved into the forefront near as much and kept her from being overly annoying as she usually is.

In addition to the feature this release includes bonus content including commentary, numerous featurettes, and a sneak peek at the next DC Animated Universe feature The Death of Superman. Join the crazy mission when Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay hits Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 10th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.