Chris Pratt sounded off on the issues he had with Suicide Squad in a new interview. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star is making the rounds to promote the rapidly approaching release of the highly anticipated sequel. Early reviews are in and they suggest that Vol. 2, while perhaps not as great as the first Guardians of the Galaxy, still boasts plenty of action and more of the same strong chemistry between the lead characters.
The depth and personalities of the characters are certainly among Guardians of the Galaxy’s biggest strengths, but such chemistry could not be found in some of the Marvel hit’s DC counterparts — namely, Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe hit a creative bump in the road with Suicide Squad, which suffered from an excess of under-developed characters. That’s exactly the issue that Star-Lord himself had with with movie.
Speaking in a new interview with io9 at a recent press junket for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pratt was asked about recent DC Extended Universe movies from Warner Bros. While hesitant to bad-mouth the studio, he offered an uncommonly candid take on Suicide Squad, in particular, and its flawed character development in comparison to the more successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I really like all the Warner Bros. movies. I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad. They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters.”
Pratt went on to compare the character development in Suicide Squad to that of the MCU, which laid the groundwork for its principal characters well before The Avengers. First came Iron Man, then Captain America, then Thor, and three of the main characters were established before the MCU really took off. In light of Pratt’s point, in retrospect perhaps it would have benefited DC and Warner Bros. to start with movies about Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and others instead of diving right into the ensemble piece. But for a movie that disappointed critics and many moviegoers, it’s advice that’s too little, too late.
Pratt certainly makes a salient point about Suicide Squad, but it’s not a foolproof argument about superhero movies in general. The problem is not necessarily that Suicide Squad introduced too many characters, but that it introduced a crowd of characters that weren’t well-written enough to be compelling. Guardians of the Galaxy is itself proof that a movie can introduce a litany of new characters and grip viewers without telling them to care. Pratt could have further strengthened his argument by pointing to his own movie as an example of how to effectively develop an entire group of memorable characters. Nonetheless, the problem he describes in Suicide Squad is almost certainly not going to be an issue in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.