James Gunn talks about the music he'll use in The Suicide Squad

James Gunn may be cooking up an “awesome mix” of songs for his upcoming DC movie ‘The Suicide Squad’, but don’t expect it to be like the soundtracks of his ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ flicks, which featured a mix of classic rock and mellow ’70s-era pop.  As the director posted on Twitter:


Nearly everything about the first ‘Suicide Squad’, which was directed by David Ayer, was inspired by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.  After one dark, moody trailer (set to a moody cover of “I Started a Joke” by ConfidentialMX), the marketing of ‘Suicide Squad’ was changed.  Subsequent clips were set to songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Ballroom Blitz.”  But unlike the ‘Guardians’ soundtracks, the ‘Suicide Squad’ album was mostly composed of new music, including hit singles by twenty øne piløts (“Heathens”), Lil Wayne (“Sucker For the Pain”), Skrillex and Rick Ross (“Purple Lamborghini”), and Kehlani (“Gangsta”).

However, the film itself featured more classic tunes, similar to those in both the ‘Guardians’ film and soundtrack, ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’.  ‘Suicide Squad’ opened with the songs “House of the Rising Sun,” “You Don’t Own Me” and “Sympathy For the Devil” played back to back.


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Gunn has mentioned that he has hundreds of songs he’d like to use in films, but hasn’t found the right projects.  Specifically, he mentioned Alice Cooper, Queen, T. Rex, and Stevie Wonder as artists he’d like to incorporate.  (I could have sworn Wonder’s “Higher Ground” was in one of them.  Did I just imagine that?)

Much like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘The Suicide Squad’ will spotlight a ragtag group of characters including Harley Quinn, King Shark, and the Polka Dot Man.  Who knows what tunes Gunn will find to represent them in his movie?

What songs would you like to hear featured in ‘The Suicide Squad’?

‘The Suicide Squad’ is due in theaters on August 6, 2021.