Amidst the ongoing stream of superhero movies hitting theaters, this summer’s DC Comics team-up Suicide Squad hopes to dramatically set itself apart from the rest. While not all of our comic heroes are squeaky clean good guys, this government-run task force sent out on a mission to save the world is made up of the “worst of the worst” criminals and supernatural villains.
Putting together the most dangerous, often unstable people on earth seems like a recipe for disaster, and the new movie aims to have a lot of fun with the chaos that ensues. The latest trailer for Suicide Squad introduces the disparate characters, their mission, and their sarcastic one-liners, all set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The operatic rock classic sets the gloriously over-the-top tone – something the filmmakers hope their composer will do as well with the score itself.
As picked up by ComingSoon.net, the credits in the trailer confirm that Academy-Award winner Steven Price will be putting together the music for Suicide Squad. The composer picked up his Oscar statue for scoring the critically-acclaimed film Gravity, particularly his skill in capturing the heartbreak, terror, and loneliness of being in peril in the vastness of space. This new quirky, action-packed movie presents an entirely different challenge for Price, but his in-depth process will likely work to great effect here.
Price, who was also a music editor for Batman Begins and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, previously composed the score for Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer’s World War II drama Fury. To fully set the mood in that film, Price used recordings from the set to combine all the real sounds of tank machinery and gunfire with his own music. On Gravity, the composer studied all aspects of Sandra Bullock’s character in order to accurately convey her emotions. As he explained in an interview with Rolling Stone, he considers every part of the filmmaking process:
“The writing of those elements and what they were, were always influenced by what Ryan was feeling and where she was emotionally in the whole thing. And also where the camera was, where things were moving and what point of view the camera was facing, whether it was looking at them or kind of looking through their eyes. Some of it was melodic and some of it was intended to underscore a kind of emotional journey, and then there were a lot of sounds that were there to express real terror.”
Price has a more extensive cast of actors and characters to try and empathize with on Suicide Squad. This includes Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Will Smith as Deadshot, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. It could well be a very entertaining musical ride for viewers once Price gets in these villains’ heads.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.