Vulgar, Mean and Sexist: 6 Ways ‘Suicide Squad’ Is the Donald Trump of Superhero Movies
Presidential candidate and comic book film share dubious traits
Meriah Doty | August 7, 2016 @ 4:22 PM
Last Updated: August 7, 2016 @ 5:39 PM
Much like Donald Trump's inexplicable rise to the top of the Republican presidential ticket, "Suicide Squad" is doing bang-up business in spite of plenty of criticism. At this stage, both Trump and "Squad" have been called every name in the book. Indeed, the two share a litany of dubious traits that we've collected here. Beware, spoilers ensue:
Flip-FloppingEarly in the film, Deadshot says he plans to kill the government agents who have temporarily released him from prison. Mere seconds later he reverses his position, urging the Squad of supervillians to keep operatives Amanda Waller and Rick Flag alive. Did Trump write this script? The Republican nominee has flipped-flopped positions on an array of topics -- from abortion to the Iraq War to nuclear proliferation. At least Deadshot is acting for a logical reason -- he knows he'll be killed if he lets Flag die.
Objectifying WomenAs strategically-directed camera angles remind audiences throughout the film, Harley Quinn wears little more than a pair of skimpy bottoms. Trump thinks plenty of other women exploit their looks to succeed. "It's certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on 'The Apprentice' were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal," he wrote in his 2004 book "How to Get Rich."
ParanoiaEnchantress may have suspected someone rigged her earth-destroying spell -- just like Trump has already started arguing that the November election will be rigged. After she employs her dark magic to take over the planet, she sticks around to fight the Squad. But why fight at all? Couldn't she just go to Fiji or somewhere and relax while she waits for her nefarious voodoo to finish its job?
Needless CrueltyTrump heckled the mother of a crying baby last week. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad mastermind Waller callously kills a roomful of fellow FBI agents because they weren't cleared for her top secret project. OK -- one of those is definitely worse than the other.