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Video proof that Suicide Squad is the Dirty Dozen with supervillains

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

When writer John Ostrander created the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad for DC Comics in 1987, he was consciously building the series around an established formula adapted for a superhero setting.

That established formula was the framework of The Dirty Dozen, the 1967 box office smash about a group of convicted, ex-military criminals brought together to mount a suicidal assassination attempt on a large swath of Nazi higher-ups in the late days of World War II, in exchange for their release should they survive. That superhero setting was a massive cast of expendable supervillains just waiting for a writer to come along and make the reader actually care about them.

So it's no surprise that Vulture's remix of footage from Suicide Squad with audio from the Dirty Dozen trailer works so well.