Suicide Squad is just under two months away, and pretty soon we'll be up close and personal with some of DC's most sinister super-villains! Directed by David Ayer, and featuring an all-star cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, Suicide Squad focuses on the titular team of criminals—forced to go on deadly missions for the government in exchange for their possible freedom.
Suicide Squad hits theaters worldwide on August 5, but for those of us who just can't wait that long, there's a cool little piece of the film out now! No, I'm not talking about the trailers, (though they are fun to watch over and over again). I'm talking about first song released off of the upcoming soundtrack, "Heathens".
Written and performed by the band Twenty One Pilots, "Heathens" is part of Suicide Squad: The Album, and the first single to be released online. Check out the music video below:
The official music video for "Heathens", which is chock full of great Suicide Squad footage, was released on June 21, 2016, and has already gotten well over 4 million views. This is thanks in no small part to both Twenty One Pilot's and Suicide Squad's massive popularity!
Avid fans have already gotten straight to work analyzing the lyrics to "Heathens" and have been quick to point out in any hidden messages within the tune. I too believe that there is some sort of message behind the lyrics to the song. A message that has a lot to do with the very movie that "Heathens" is accompanying.
Does "Heathens" Give Us More Suicide Squad Info?
Now obviously, this is just a theory, and my own personal analysis of the lyrics to "Heathens". I could be wrong, but I believe that the lyrics give us a pretty good idea of what to expect come August 5.
I don't mean anything huge like who the villain is or if someone will die, but the single off of the Suicide Squad soundtrack may be trying to tell us something pretty important. Something that could seriously change how we view Suicide Squad, and the DCEU as a whole.
Are We Going To Care About The Villains?
It's hard to imagine genuinely caring about such monstrous characters like Killer Croc or Captain Boomerang. These guys have killed countless people and not regretted it. Not to mention, they've been giving our favorite superheroes a hard time for as long as anyone can remember.
But the lyrics to "Heathens" have me truly believing that when the credits roll on Suicide Squad, we'll be caring about the cast of villains featured in the movie, maybe even sympathizing with them.
The Proof Is In The Lyrics!
Like I said, the lyrics to "Heathens" fully convince me that we'll basically be feeling sorry for some of the most notorious criminals in the DC rogues gallery. But why would we? Because Suicide Squad is going to tap into a very serious subject regarding its main characters—mental illness.
Let's take a look at one of the main locations of Suicide Squad. We know from the trailers that at least some of the squad are being held at Belle Reve, the fictional prison from DC comics lore. Let's take a look at where Suicide Squad takes place, or at least, one of its many locations. We know from the trailers that Belle Reve, the fictional prison from DC comics lore.
But Belle Reve isn't just a prison, it's also a sanatorium. I believe that Suicide Squad is going to heavily address the fact that these villains suffer from serious mental illnesses.
The lyric "Just because we check the guns at the door doesn't mean our brains will change from hand grenades" talks about how even though the characters of Suicide Squad are in prison (they've "checked their guns at the door"), they are still very dangerous because of their mental state.
But why would proclaiming that they're dangerous make us sympathize with the villains in Suicide Squad? Another lyric, "Please don't make any sudden moves, you don't know the half of the abuse" seems to be telling us that even though they are dangerous, we have no idea what they're going through. We should be wary of the squad, but also understanding.
We'll be seeing these comic book villains in a personal and more human light. Suicide Squad will show us how this is affecting their lives, and the lives of the people around them. Just look at Harley Quinn, who in both the upcoming film and the comics was a regular psychiatrist who went crazy after falling in love with her patient, The Joker.
Or look at Deadshot in Suicide Squad. In the trailers, we see that Will Smith's character has a daughter, which is also an important part of Deadshot's origin in the comics. Unfortunately, he can't see her, due to his imprisonment in Belle Reve.
Speaking of Harley and Deadshot, another lyric even possibly hints at their rumored romance. "You're lovin' on the psychopath sitting next to you, you're lovin' on the murderer sitting next to you" could be talking about Harley and Deadshot, as well as the possible romance between Enchantress and Rick Flag. It will be interesting to see how these romances, mixed with their conditions, will play out.
So Why Does It Matter?
But so what? Why is the fact that "Heathens" shows us another side of the DC villains so interesting that I'd sit down and write a whole article about it? Because "Heathens" did more than give me information about Suicide Squad, it changed my whole point of view for the entire DC Extended Universe!
Just think about it; sympathizing with the villains is a lot easier to do in a movie with just villains, but what if a superhero were thrown into the mix? How is it going to be when we're watching the solo Batman movie, and Deadshot shows up as an antagonist? Suicide Squad has opened up the door for a completely different kind of comic book universe, one where the "heroes" and "villains" aren't so easy to see.
Now I'm not saying that I'd have a hard time choosing who to side with between Batman and Deadshot; it's clear who the more morally just one is. But if Suicide Squad does a good job of making us really feel for these villains, it's going to be a lot harder seeing them face off against our favorite villains, and it will make future DCEU movies a lot more intriguing.