After the disaster that was the 2016 Suicide Squad, the recent incarnation of The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), is a delicious heap-of-dismembered-bodies worth of improvement. It’s not quite Deadpool in terms of intelligent self-aware humor, but it is still a ferociously funny film and far and away DC’s best offering yet. Based on John Ostrander’s classic comic, the movie follows a group of expendable, government-sanctioned super villains on a mission to the fictional island Corto Maltese to fight even worse bad guys. The all-star cast of Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Idris Elba (Bloodsport), John Cena (Peacemaker), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) confidently strut in their roles, racking up the body count, but it’s Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), and Sylvester Stallone voicing the horribly lovable CGI-rendered King Shark who stand out as audience favorites. While no previous comic book knowledge is required to follow this pretty standard mission-gone-wrong story, nerds will delight in Easter egg appearances of villains such as Starro and Calendar Man. Anyone seeing a film called The Suicide Squad should expect cartoonish levels of blood and murder and not get too attached to any characters. The opening scene steals directly from Deadpool 2, a movie that perfectly parodied such ridiculous team-ups. Yet these baddies find their heart and have the chance to be heroes. At least they draw the line at killing children, which is the bad guy’s equivalent of “having a conscience.”