Music is a big part of comic book supervillain movie Suicide Squad, which arrives in theaters this weekend after more than a year of fan hype. Directed by David Ayer, the movie features a team of bad, bad people (including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot), but some very good music, including The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and the original songs “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots and “Sucker for Pain” by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.
We’ve already seen the release of a couple of tie-in music videos for songs from Suicide Squad‘s soundtrack, but arguably the most anticipated one has been Rick Ross and Skrillex’s “Purple Lamborghini,” which is named after the car that the Joker (Jared Leto) drives in the movie and stars Leto himself as the Joker, with the actor donning his green hair, pale skin and tattoos once again in order to film new footage with Skrillex and Ross.
Now, on Suicide Squad‘s first day of release (not counting Thursday night previews), the music video for “Purple Lamborghini” has arrived! Check it out above.
The music video is a mix of visually interesting elements and unintentional humor. Leto’s Joker spends most of the video stalking around, alternately looking angry and pulling crazy faces, until the narrative eventually finds him standing on the front of a yacht with Skrillex and Rick Ross, the three of them speeding towards the sunrise. Then things get a bit quiet and intense for a moment, and Skrillex looks upset. Then the music comes back in, and the video ends.
Based on the lyrics and the music video, “Purple Lamborghini” generally seems to be about having lots of money, committing lots of crime, owning lots of weapons, doing lots of drugs, and driving a very nice car – most of which is relevant to Leto’s version of the Joker, a crime boss that runs Gotham City with the help of Harley Quinn (until she’s arrested). It’s a far cry from the last iteration of the Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who infamously set fire to an extremely large stack of money in The Dark Knight in order to show how little it meant to him. Still, there’s room for more than one interpretation of the character in cinema, and hopefully audiences will get a kick out of Leto’s antics in Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman 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 and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.