The Suicide Squad: The Anti-Villain and Anti-Hero Trope Explained

James Gunn revitalized The Suicide Squad with his rendition of this anti-villain action flick released this summer. Compared to its 2016 prequel, this one certainly got us laughing and awestruck at the visuals (and rooting for King Shark’s dumb adorability) as we left the cinema. With its diverse, colourful (personality-wise at least), complex and at times chaotic characters, the film got us thinking: what makes an anti-villain? Truth is having a plain, old-school evil-for the-sake-of-being-evil bad guy has become boring and dull. What makes a captivating antagonist is depth and their imperfection. It makes these characters seem more real and believable. …

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