The last time the DC animated universe introduced us to the Suicide Squad, they were front and center into 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham. Since then they had a somewhat questionable live action bow in the DC extended universe movies and haven’t made much more of a visual impact since. They’ve got another chance now with Hell to Pay.
This latest outing has the familiar Suicide Squad of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and co heading off to find a mysterious relic under the strict orders of Amanda Waller. When it’s off the books and no one other than Waller and the Squad know about this mission, Suffice to say, they’re not the only villains looking for it as they eventually cross paths violent paths with Vandal Savage and Zoom; both of who have their own motives for gaining the relic.
Hell to Pay has a pulp grindhouse comic book sensibility to it. That might be due to this being one of the DC animated universe’s most bloody outings and it doesn’t shy away from the get go with exploding heads and severed limbs flying across the screen.
Hell to Pay is not without its problems. Some of the more interesting characters that are introduced in the first half of the film are sadly sidelined or have their story lines wrapped up too quickly. It’s more infuriating when the film teases that they’re going to play major parts in proceedings and replaced with characters that are less engaging.
Sadly, it runs out of steam before the chaotic backstabbing fueled ending – they’re villians, what else are they going to do!? – and while there’s nothing wrong with this, it feels as disjointed as it’s pace. Just like the purpose of the relic the squad are chasing in the film, there is some redemption with solid voice acting from Christian Slater as Deadshot and Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller.
As with a good portion of the DC animated universe outings, Hell to Pay is purely for fans of these productions and that’s only who I’d recommend this to. Outside the DCU animated fan base, I can’t see Hell to Pay making much more of an impact that a forgettable viewing. While I enjoyed it, I don’t have a desire to watch it again – but I am open to another outing for the Squad.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is available now on digital download. DVD and Blu-ray released on 16th April 2018.