In Review: Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Task Force X targets a powerful mystical object that they will risk their lives to steal.

Synopsis: The Suicide Squad is sent on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful, they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it for themselves.

Review: Directed by Sam Liu and written by Alan Burnett and John Ostrander. Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay gives us a rare animated feature to highlight Task Force X. The line up for this film features Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and Copperhead.

The films story centers around the team being sent to retrieve a mystical card, which Amanda Waller wants, but getting hold of this card is not going to be your straightforward smash and grab. You see a certain villain called Zoom if after it and so it the immortal vandal savage.

In fact, this film features a slew of appearances from a great many DC villains. We get a nice brief cameo from Two-Face and Professor Pyg gets a few nice scenes as well. The action is fast and loud as you’d expect from a Suicide Squad story.

But alongside the action are some really nice character beats. I particularly enjoyed the tension between Deadshot and Bronze Tiger who both had different ideas on how the team should be led and how to deal with the various villains they were up against. In fact out of all the characters on this line up of Suicide Squad. It was Bronze Tiger that came across as just an average nice guy that was trying to do the right thing and by the close of the episode, his arc really pays dividends as does the mutual respect, which is earned between him and Deadshot.

The film boasts an impressive voice cast. We have Christian Slater voicing Deadshot and he channels the perfect Clint Eastwood type of raspiness for the role and we have C. Thomas Howell doing the voice for Zoom. Perfect casting is Kristin Bauer van Straten as Killer Frost and Tara Strong does a decent job with Harley Quinn who is very much the comic relief of the party. The weak link in the voice casting for me is Vanessa Williams who did the voice for Amanda Waller.  Williams Performance was okay, but it was not really on the same par as the other voice actors. I just found her Wallar difficult to believe and found it harder still to see why the Project X team members would follow her orders. I think if I’d have done the casting for this. I’d have gone after someone like CCH Pounder who was a great Amanda Waller in the Batman Arkham games a few years back. 

Overall. This film is an entertaining hour and 25 minutes. We get some great character beats and every character that is after the artifact has their own justifications for wanting it. The artifact also somewhat nullifies the threat of Suicide Squad team members being killed off if they indeed have it in their possession.

8.9
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
  • The Good: Killer Frost and the character beats
  • The Bad: I wasn't convinced by this version of Amanda Waller
  • Story
    8.1
  • Voice Acting
    9.5
  • Animation
    9.1
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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