On Friday, Warner Bros. released the track listing for the upcoming Suicide Squad soundtrack, which suggests the tone of the film might be very different from anything we've seen in the DCEU. While not an original score, the soundtrack is a compilation of songs from various artists and genres spanning the '60s to the present day. Several of the tracks have already been used in the film's trailers. You can easily get a sense of the contrasting colors of the soundtrack from the listing:
1. "Purple Lamborghini" — Skrillex & Rick Ross
2. "Sucker for Pain" — Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons (with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors)
3. "Heathens" — twenty one pilots
4. "Standing in the Rain" — Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) (feat. Mark Ronson)
5. "Gangsta" — Kehlani
6. "Know Better" — Kevin Gates
7. "You Don’t Own Me" — Grace (feat. G-Eazy)
8. "Without Me" — Eminem
9. "Wreak Havoc" — Skylar Grey
10. "Medieval Warfare" — Grimes
11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" — Panic! At The Disco
12. "Slippin’ Into Darkness" — War
13. "Fortunate Son" — Creedence Clearwater Revival
14. "I Started a Joke" — ConfidentialMX (feat. Becky Hanson)
A Welcomed Change
While someone could easily mistake this for a party playlist, the tracks show that Suicide Squad is going to have a much lighter tone than the two films in the DCEU that came before it. There are sure to be darker moments interspersed throughout, but nothing has indicated so far, either in the trailers or track listing, that the film will be as dreary as Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Much of the criticism levied at those films was that they were dull and joyless affairs.
The apparent tonal shift of Suicide Squad would offer a welcomed change in the DCEU. While the vibe of the film may be different, it must be pointed out that it makes sense to the characters and likely won't influence a total shift for the entire universe. What sets the DCEU apart from the MCU is its drastic difference in tone. If done correctly, a grounded, real-world approach can be effective in the superhero genre as we have seen with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. In order to achieve that kind of success, an emphasis must be placed on story and character development, which has been somewhat lacking in Zack Snyder's films to date.
Based on what we can surmise from the Suicide Squad soundtrack, it appears that the characters will be represented well through the music. Hopefully they'll be fully developed within the story, to fulfill our high expectations.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.