Last night I watched Suicide Squad with the lovely @royalyrant. It’s received pretty dismal reviews, but I refrained from reading them beforehand because I’ve realised that you can’t always trust the critics – they panned Warcraft after all!

My hero in life, Peter Travers, had this to say:

“Suicide Squad wussies out when it should have been down with the Dirty Dozen of DC Comics. Audiences complained that Batman v Superman was too dark and depressing. So director-writer David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) counters with light and candy-assed. I call bullshit.”

The limp plot came complete with zombies and a witch villain played by Cara Delevingne. It was all pretty PG; a crowd pleaser that failed to please.

My own gut reaction was to lament the fact that the storyline didn’t purely revolve around the Joker and Harley Quinn. That would’ve been a fucking fantastic film. They’re both complex characters that are let down by their brief cameos.

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Here are four reasons I adore the Joker and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad:

1) Their love was born in Arkham Asylum

I’m a romantic, which has also sometimes made me a hero on a bridge that’s burning down. Their love reminds me of that. It’s not pretty, it’s borderline sweet misery. Who would of thought that the best love story in Gotham would come out of Arkham Asylum? Perhaps it was a little over the top to jump into a vat of acid together, but hey – let’s give them a match, some gasoline and watch them set the world on fire.

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2) They have crazy style

I never thought I’d ever say clown-chic, but they’ve kind of made it a thing. Harley Quinn even smashes a shop window to grab this cute clutch while they’re killing zombies.

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3) They’re badass clowns

Whether Harley is swinging from a rope like a demented Cirque de Soleil acrobat while the Joker stands above her on a helicopter with a machine gun; or they’re driving off a bridge with Batman clinging onto the back… all that comes to mind is that these are two badass clowns.

4) They were the most quotable

All my favourite lines from the movie were theirs.

The best of them all:

The Joker: “Would you die for me?”

Harley Quinn: “Yes”

The Joker: “No, that’s too easy. Would you… would you live for me?”

Of course there are fan fic videos spreading like weeds on YouTube, and surprisingly I actually liked one of them.

In closing, Suicide Squad was overcrowded with too many competing sub plots. The Joker and Harley Quinn were riveting enough to make me wish their film counterparts away.