It's no secret that DC live action movies have sucked more than their animated counterparts. If you want a good Superman film, watch Superman Doomsday. If you want a good Justice League movie, try Gods and Monsters. If you want a good Wonder Woman... ... well, OK you got me there.
Still, the animated films are often much better than their live action counterparts. If you were turned off of the 2016 Suicide Squad, try HtP.
The story starts out showing what they do. The Suicide Squad is taking down Tobias Whale (from Black Lightning). This first mission shows just how expendable they really are. Then the main plot starts. Amanda Waller wants the Suicide Squad to go after the McGuffin...err.... Get Out of Hades Free card. The legend goes, whoever dies with this card on them will skip being in a Zach Snyder movie and go to Heaven.
So, who's she going to call?
Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, and Copperhead.
Yes, only a couple of these are A-List villains, but just let it play out.
The story pits them against rival factions looking to obtain the card for their own reasons. What I enjoyed about the story is the tie-in to the Flashpoint Paradox. No spoilers, but lets just say that the tie-in surprised me and was masterfully executed.
Deadshot is the character that gets the most focus. I appreciate how he goes through his own character arc throughout the film. You get the sense that there's more to him than a simple criminal. His complexities lead to some decisions that affect the team.
I must warn Harley fans (of which I am one). Harley is a minor character in this film. While she's there, her role could've been replaced with another villainess without affecting the story much at all.
The action scenes are more graphic than expected. It seems the DC Animated Universe is getting more and more into the hard R material than before. First Killing Joke and now this? Like Deadpool and Logan, the R Rating serves as a vehicle to expand what's possible in the film. Point in fact, the most memorable scenes wouldn't have been possible without a hard R rating.
This is where the movie falls a bit flat. I don't remember much of the action. I remember more of the fights from Superman Doomsday (Rated PG13) than HtP because there were more iconic moments. In this movie, apart from heads exploding and a snide remark to follow, there wasn't much that sticks as being "cool" or " unique".
Never the less, this was a very enjoyable film. I would recommend it.
With a twist ending (that you probably see coming), Suicide Squad: HtP is a great addition to any DC Animated Collection.