Blank Check with Griffin and David Wiki
Blank Check with Griffin and David Wiki

Suicide Squad (also known as Suicide Pod) is episode 69 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the podcast's continuing coverage of the films of the DCEU. Posted 6 Aug 2016.


On the day of it’s release in August of 2016, Griffin and David discussed DC Comic’s latest offering Suicide Squad. But did Jared Leto going so method for The Joker pay off? What’s up with Katana’s sword and does it by any chance capture souls? What’s this talk of Marvel paying off critics? Together the hosts examine Will Smith’s performance as Deadshot, Warner Bros. Pictures desperate strategy for the DC franchise and offer up their own ways to fix this mess of a movie. Plus, did Orlando Bloom stage his dick pics with Katy Perry and just how did the the lantern turn green for the Green Lantern? [1]

Look, we harbor no illusions here; this movie is bad.

Where it gets interesting is the investigation into why. Griffin and David begin with the broad strokes: What is wrong with the way DC is going about establishing their Extended Universe movie franchise to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Have they made any good decisions at all in this years-long process?

Then there is this movie, Suicide Squad. It was put on the DC movie schedule very early on in their planning process, which is... odd. In fact, they pushed it so hard that they picked a director and gave him just six weeks to write a script. Not only that, it would be featuring all new movie characters that are all "villainous" when DC hadn't even really established the good guys yet.

So #TheTwoFriends investigate. What were the ramifications of hiring a trailer-editing company to finish cutting the movie instead of director David Ayer? Maybe that is why there are TEN needle-drops of big famous songs within the first half hour because that's what trailers do, is make montages. Is there a madness to Jared Leto's Method in playing the Joker? Is Harley Quinn a third-wave feminist character? What is Will Smith's status as a movie star? Are there any possible fixes to make this movie good... and which is better, Suicide Squad or Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • The Green Lantern's lantern: green from the get-go
  • Griffin's MVP: Viola Davis
  • David's MVP: Will Smith
  • Deadshot: shoots people dead


  1. Suicide Squad on Audioboom. Retrieved August 28, 2021.