Today marks the release of the Blu-ray Combo Pack for Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the latest DC Universe Original Animated Film from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. It had been available in Digital HD since March 27th. Check with retailers, because there may be a special bonus when you buy the Combo Pack, such as Best Buy, where you get a free comic book with purchase.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Premiered at WonderCon in Anaheim just a few weeks ago, and ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell was there to get some exclusive interviews with the voice cast, including Liam McIntyre (Captain Boomerang), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Killer Frost), Julie Nathanson (Silver Banshee, Jewelee), Gideon Emery (Copperhead), Greg Grunberg (Steel Maxum), and Dania Ramirez (Scandal Savage). Please enjoy these WonderCon World Premiere Interviews:
If you’ve ever seen Grindhouse films from the 70s, like Death Race 2000, Assault on Precinct 13 or Switchblade Sisters, or some of the recent films paying homage to the Grindhouse films, like Planet Terror, Death Proof, and Machete, then you’ll understand the style that Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay has as its core design. Very few animated films, even though they may have an “R” rating, cater to this grindhouse style, where violence of the deadly kind is celebrated and sometimes amusing. For instance, Harley Quinn reacts to Killer Frost freezing a security guard by winding up her bat and swinging, knocking off a body part of that frozen guard, letting the audience know that this guard is now deceased, and has no chance of living through this film, and this is playtime for her. No regrets!
It almost becomes a game of chance as you watch this movie to see if you can bet who’s going to live through it, like in Game of Thrones. You learn early in the film that the producers are not messing around with the audience. There will be death and sometimes, it will be gory.
The plot to see who comes up with the magic artifact by the end, and if the artifact IS really magic, is really only half the fun. The other half is watching several life-sentence criminals going on a road trip together in an old RV, and trying to keep their heads from getting blown off in the process. This is the most dysfunctional family trip since National Lampoon’s Vacation.
We give Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay 2 bloody thumbs up for being realistic about the violence and adult situations and not giving us another tame version of murderers trying to survive in a world of crazy people with inhuman abilities. Thanks for the ride, DC and Warner Bros!