Hey gang, Valkor here. When it comes to films, DC/WB’s Suicide Squad has done double duty here at TOV. First, there was the awesomeness that is “Batman: Assault on Arkham”. And then there was the abysmal live-action outing “Suicide Squad”. Well, the gang from Taskforce-X are back in their latest animated adventure that’s been given the triple-play combo pack - “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay”. But what price will we as the viewer have to pay by watching it? Read on and find out! Also be aware of spoilers!
In “Hell to Pay”, Amanda Waller has assembled Taskforce-X once again, consisting of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, Bronze Tiger, and Copperhead on a hunt for a mystical card that was once held by Dr. Fate. This card is said to be the key to bypassing hell and going straight to heaven. And due to circumstances beyond Waller’s control, she desperately needs that card. However, she’s not the only one on the hunt for it. First, there’s Zoom, who is delaying a mortal injury given to him by Batman in another timeline. Then there’s Vandal Savage, who knows that while he might be an immortal, he can still be killed. And given the uprising of metahumans, he’s pretty much on borrowed time. Ultimately, who’ll end up with the card, which will lead them to the pearly gates? You’ll have to watch and find out because this ride is one you won’t want to miss!
"Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay" is packaged in a Triple Play combo pack, which normally consisted of a DVD, digital copy, and Blu Ray; however, this set contains an Ultra HD 4K Blu Ray, for those who have the equipment. Other features include a look at future DC Animated project – The Death of Superman, which takes place in the new DC52 animatedverse. Then there’s "Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang”, which highlights the character Captain Boomerang, discussing his past in the comics, his evolution in the DCverse, what he brings to Taskforce-X team, and how he works in their dynamic. Next up there’s “Nice Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman in the DCU”, which is another spotlight that focuses on Deadshot. Then there’s “The Power of Plot Devices, MacGuffins, and Red Herrings”, which talks about these devices and how they’re used in the film. You also get a couple of episodes from previous Batman animated shows such as we have “Beware the Batman: Instinct”, which features villain Pigman, who is also in the film. Then there’s “Young Justice: Terror”, where Amanda Waller gets some shine. There’s also a host of trailers such as the upcoming “Batman: Ninja” and “Batman: Assault on Arkham”. And this is just on the DVD, which I'm sure will carry over onto the Blu-Ray.
“Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” is the Suicide Squad movie I’ve been wanting to see ever since the live-action version came, went, and flopped; Batman Assault on Arkham was a fun ride, but "Hell to Pay" is on a whole other level of awesome! The story is tight the action is intense, and the maturity levels keep pushing just how far DC/WB will go. This one is seriously R-rated, so keep the young ones at bay in case they're interested. I really enjoyed the team dynamic in this one; as always things start out rough, sort of come together in the middle, but then there’s that unpredictable resolve towards the end that keeps things exciting. And I was surprised by some character’s deaths – jaw-dropping surprised! But it all comes together to form an incredible viewing experience that shouldn't be missed. The animation is on par with previous films, but I gotta give props to the score, which is truly amazing! I love the crazy guitar riffs that play throughout. The voice acting is equally impressive and kudos for bringing in Michael Jai White (Falcon Rising) to voice a character that he's played on the live-action Arrow series. In the end, a great story combined with fine acting and some awesome tunes make "Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay" combo pack a must own!
All that slicing and dicing – whew!
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Blu-Ray combo pack is available now! And whether you own a 4K TV or not, this set will have you covered. But above all else, the film is simply incredible and ranks high as one the best DC animated films to date. I highly recommend picking up a copy. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” a 4.5.