Bo Burnham is Officially Part of DC’s Universe, Too

In a new issue of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, it’s seemingly been confirmed that comedian Bo Burnham exists in the DC Universe thanks to Ambush Bug.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Suicide Squad #7

Thanks to the latest issue of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, it’s been revealed that comedian Bo Burnham seemingly exists in the DC Universe as well. In the issue, Task Force X gains a brand new member, and it’s none other than the bizarre and fourth-wall-breaking Ambush Bug. Trapped on an island simulation of Waller’s own making before teleporting them to Hell for their next mission, Ambush Bug gets the chance to introduce himself while also referencing the work of Burnham and one of his hilarious songs from his most recent Netflix special.

In Suicide Squad #7 from writer Robbie Thompson and artist Eduardo Pansica, the Squad is still reeling from their latest mission where it was revealed that their version of Superboy was not actually Conner Kent, but in fact Match, a Bizzaro-esque clone of Conner thought to have died years ago. Instead, Waller had taken him and injected him with a serum to make him look and sound exactly like the genuine Conner Kent. However, the team’s new member Ambush Bug is introduced, and his awareness that they’re all comic book characters allows him to reveal that they’ve all had their minds manipulated by Waller.

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Regardless, Waller soon puts her team through a training program in their simulated prison, having them fighting demons to prepare them for their mission to Hell. However, Ambush Bug is less interested in fighting and more in filming the battle on his phone. Furthermore, he hilariously sings a line from Bo Burnham’s song ‘Content’, one of the opening songs from his Netflix special ‘Inside’ that speaks to the break the comedian took from making new content, while ironically planning to return to work just before the global pandemic began (hence the special that sees him performing in a single room alone inside his guest house). Additionally, it does suggest that some version of Bo himself exists in the DC Universe.


Similar to Ambush-Bug’s referential humor and self-awareness as a comic book character, Burnham’s work is likewise incredibly self-aware, often carrying analyses, observations, and self-criticisms of his own relationship to his audience as a performer. As a result, Ambush-Bug singing one of his songs is incredibly fitting, so much so that one could imagine Bo as the perfect actor to play or voice Ambush-Bug in some capacity for DC in the future.

In any case, Ambush Bug’s debut as the Suicide Squad’s newest addition to their ranks was quite hilarious (especially with his notable jokes about the comic’s intentional synergy to James Gunn’s Suicide Squad film). However, his reference to Burnham is pretty fantastic as well, creating the implication that a version of Bo potentially exists in the DC Universe in some form. However, given Ambush Bug’s knowledge of the real world beyond the comics universe he lives in, perhaps he’s just aware of the real-life Bo Burnham? Either way, the reference, and its implications are still quite hilarious in this new issue of Suicide Squad.

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Bo Burnham is Officially Part of DC’s Universe, Too