Low Key


Suicide Squad and the Destruction of Plot Armor

Season 1, Ep. 105

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad doesn't give its characters much plot armor — that enchanted substance, created by corporations and screenwriters, that protects bankable characters from dying, no matter what.

Will Bloodsport (Idris Elba) make it through the mission alive? Will Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)? Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamon)? Nothing is guaranteed, and it's no spoiler to say some of the characters we like most don't make it out of The Suicide Squad alive. Spoiler alert: The movie's called The Suicide Squad.

We talk about how the scarcity of plot armor makes The Suicide Squad far more compelling than most comic-book movies — as well as the state of DC movies in general.