Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ recently-released movie about comic book villains on a mission to save the world, has left both audiences and critics divided. Written and directed by David Ayer (Fury), the film has received praise for its central performances from Will Smith (who plays assassin-for-hire Deadshot) and Margot Robbie (who plays the Joker’s lovesick girlfriend, Harley Quinn), but also been heavily criticized for its weak villain and choppy editing.
One aspect of the movie that can be called a runaway success, however, is its soundtrack. Music played a vital part in Suicide Squad‘s marketing, with trailers cut to songs like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and The Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” and there have also been a number of songs written specifically for the movie, complete with tie-in music videos.
Billboard reports that Suicide Squad: The Album looks set to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which ranks the most popular current albums according to a range of metrics. Suicide Squad: The Album was released on the same day as the film, August 5th, and current forecast suggest it will hit more than 140,000 album units within its first week on sale. The next Billboard 200 chart is set to be revealed on Sunday 14th August. If Suicide Squad: The Album hits the #1 spot, it will be the first movie soundtrack to do so since last year’s Pitch Perfect 2.
The album is a mix of old and new songs, and many correspond to particular characters in the movie. For example, Rick Ross and Skrillex’s “Purple Lamborghini” was written for Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, who appears in the music video. Harley Quinn’s introductory theme is Grace’s cover of “You Don’t Own Me,” and she and the Joker share a romantic moment set to Kehlani’s “Gangsta” (above). Meanwhile, Deadshot’s flashback scene is set to “Standing in the Rain” by Action Bronson and Dan Auerbach. Here is the full track listing:
- Purple Lamborghini [Explicit] by Skrillex & Rick Ross
- Sucker For Pain (with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) [Explicit] by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons
- Heathens by twenty one pilots
- Standing In The Rain (feat. Mark Ronson) [Explicit] by Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys)
- Gangsta [Explicit] by Kehlani
- Know Better [Explicit] by Kevin Gates
- You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy) by Grace
- Without Me by Eminem
- Wreak Havoc by Skylar Grey
- Medieval Warfare by Grimes
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Panic! At The Disco
- Slippin’ Into Darkness by War
- Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- I Started a Joke (feat. Becky Hanson) by ConfidentialMX
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.