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In as much as Suicide Squad has a plot, this post—and the accompanying video—reveal details from it.

There are quite a few questionable plot holes in Suicide Squad. Like the way Rick Flag is super judgmental of the supervillains in his charge but basically shrugs his shoulders and says, “Yeah, I get it,” when Amanda Waller assassinates several innocent people because they don’t have the proper clearance. Or when June Moone sets off the plot by evoking Enchantress’ name for no reason at all. Or the fact that Ike Barinholtz’s random prison guard has more screen time than Killer Croc. (Okay, maybe that’s not a plot hole, but it’s still an odd choice.) Now YouTuber Jenny Nicholson has uploaded a video that dissects the biggest plot hole of all: The very concept of the film’s “suicide squad.”

Acting as both Amanda Waller and the random government official on the receiving end of her Suicide Squad pitch (“What is my job? Is there any one person with the power to sign off on this kind of thing?”), Nicholson proceeds to break down why Task Force X is a nonsense idea. Why not just use soldiers instead of a group of supervillains who have vaguely soldier-like abilities (shooting things and hitting people)? And if you’re going to do that, why send soldiers in addition to the squad? And, furthermore, why even ask bad guys to save the world when there are real superheroes running around all over the place?


Yet even Nicholson’s excellent three-minute video can’t tackle all of the issues in this film: Like why did basically every single helicopter in this movie end up crashing? Why did the Joker’s text messages have both a “close” and “ignore” option? And why was 23-year-old Cara Delevingne cast as a woman with a PhD and a 36-year-old boyfriend?

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