In case it wasn’t obvious from the excellent music choices for all of the trailers so far, Suicide Squad‘s soundtrack is set to be a major feature of the film. The full soundtrack listing for Suicide Squad: The Album has already been released, and features music by Panic! At The Disco, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Eminem, as well as a song called “Purple Lamborghini” which was written specifically for the film by Skrillex and Rick Ross.
With regards to “Purple Lamborghini,” we already know that Skrillex and Rick Ross filmed a music video with Jared Leto in his Joker costume – the song is, after all, named after his vehicle of choice. However, this isn’t the only tie-in music video to be released for the movie; twenty one pilots have just released their own, featuring the soundtrack song “Heathens,” which is set in Belle Reve (the maximum security prison where Task Force X are held before they are recruited by Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller) and features a few fragments of new footage from the movie.
Mostly the new footage consists of slightly longer versions of shots from the trailers, but there are a few new clips. At one point we see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) interacting with Ike Barinholtz’s character, a Belle Reve jailer who, based on what we’ve seen of him so far, seems to take pleasure in tormenting the inmates. Another new shot of Harley shows her being wheeled down a hallway laughing, her head strapped down, and Deadshot (Will Smith) is shown in a similar state.
Along with this music video, twenty one pilots also released their very own Suicide Squad poster:
The prominence of Suicide Squad‘s soundtrack within its marketing is reminiscent of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which used protagonist Peter Quill’s Walkman (filled with songs that his mother listened to when she was growing up) as a way to make the movie’s soundtrack part of its plot. While the tie-in album Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was extremely popular, reaching the top of the US Billboard 200, all of the songs featured on it were classics from the 1960s and ’70s, whereas Suicide Squad‘s album has a number of original songs and new covers.
This is smart from a marketing standpoint, as it extends the movie’s reach to fans of the featured artists, many of whom will no doubt find its collection of grimy, anarchic, badly-behaved antiheroes appealing. It’s also another way to (hopefully) make Suicide Squad one of the most memorable movies of the year.
Suicide Squad: The Album is expected to be released August 5th, 2016.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two 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.