“Suicide Squad” did everything it could to get people’s attention. It featured a star-studded cast. It used some of DC’s most popular villains, even if some of them showed up for about five minutes in order to be boring and then leave. The film was heavily advertised and had a soundtrack that was clearly made to get as much attention as possible. But do all the notable songs actually help this subpar movie?
The fact that “Suicide Squad” was putting an emphasis on all the notable songs from the earliest trailers really caught my attention. One of my recent hobbies became figuring out which famous songs various Batman villains would listen to. I was hoping that “Suicide Squad” would also spend lots of time figuring out which songs really fit the characters and the tone of the comics.
There are a few instances in which it felt like the movie at least tried. For example, “Sympathy for the Devil” plays when Amanda Waller first enters the movie. At least in name, the song fits Waller’s character. However, the song begins and ends way too fast. This is a problem that shows up several times in the movie. A good song choice is made, but the song is played for such a brief time that the audience does not have enough time to truly appreciate it.
At other times, some of the songs just get horribly misused. For instance, “Super Freak” is played at the beginning of one of the most egregious scenes in the history of DC movies. The inclusion of “You Don’t Own Me” kind of makes sense based on the plot, at least in title, but it also shows up in a badly directed scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was prominently featured in one of the first major trailers. However, it does not show up in the movie until the very end. When it does, it feels as if it is just there so the movie can end on a famously good song, not because it adds to the scene in a meaningful way. I also feel that if “Suicide Squad” needed to use a Queen song then they totally missed the opportunity to use “Another One Bites the Dust.” That song always makes me think of Deadshot and the tone of the original “Suicide Squad” comics.
There were also some songs made for the movie. I barely remember hearing most of them. “Purple Lamborghini” is most notable for the fact that Joker is probably in the music video for about as long as he is in the movie. None of the songs made for the movie made me want to remove my ears from my head, but none of them stood out as particularly great. They all felt like they superficially connected to something about one of the characters in the movie, but none of them would have made me think of the “Suicide Squad” right off the bat if I just heard them on the radio without context.
At the end of the day, “Suicide Squad” does have a soundtrack that features many notable songs and artists. The problem is that they go by so fast that, assuming you even remember you heard them, they fail to leave enough impact. The older songs being used were likely DC’s attempt to cash in on the success of the “Awesome Mix” from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” However, many of these songs are used too quickly and in scenes that aren’t good enough to warrant good songs in “Suicide Squad.” Just like the movie itself, the soundtrack from “Suicide Squad” can be described as a ton of wasted potential.