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Can James Gunn bring the Suicide Squad back to life?

The Guardians of the Galaxy director has been given another motley crew to turn into box-office gold – but this time his task looks a lot tricker

There are so many things wrong with David Ayer’s original 2016 Suicide Squad movie that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s like a superhero flick from the bad old days, before Marvel and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. A movie made by hired guns rather than comic book fans. The suspicion is that nobody involved cared enough about this team of badass criminals turned government-backed problem solvers to imbue them with personalities.

It’s well documented that Ayer lost control of the final edit to the team that put together Suicide Squad’s hugely popular trailers, resulting in a movie apparently made for filmgoers with the attention span of toddlers. As for Cara Delevingne’s excruciatingly over-the-top turn as June Moone/Enchantress … it’s remarkable that the former model escaped with her acting career intact.

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