Episode 157

The Suicide Squad (2021)

Heroes Through the Decades comes to a close in the 2020s with The Suicide Squad, proving that even villains can become heroes when given a second chance. Literally.

When David Ayer's Suicide Squad was released in 2016, it was not the original movie he envisioned. Affected by the critical hammering of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros set about making Suicide Squad lighter and more comedic, and David Ayer's version of the movie was substantially changed. The movie was a huge financial success in 2016, but a critical flop. Hence all the calls to #ReleaseTheAyerCut.

While a sequel to Suicide Squad had been planned to happen immediately after, several factors, including the unavailability of Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and David Ayer choosing not to return meant the sequel remained unmade...

That was until James Gunn was fired by Disney over controversial ten-year-old tweets in July 2018. This was an opportunity Warner Bros and DC jumped on immediately, hiring Gunn and giving him free reign over whatever DC projects he wanted to make.

He chose to make his version of Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad.

And, excuse the inappropriate pun, but it's marvellous.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Suicide Squad (2021) !

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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by four-month-old Evie.

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.