Recently the upcoming super-villain blockbuster Suicide Squad released its roster for its soundtrack, and boy does this movie mean business. The list of 14 songs is more eclectic and eccentric than the characters in the movie, and that’s saying something.

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)

From rap to rock to indie to pop, this soundtrack has so many major artists and so many collaborations that it’s really any music lover’s greatest fantasy. Yet, with this much going on in one soundtrack and with so many soon to be hits hidden in its midst, one can only wonder how much of this soundtrack will actually make its way onto the big screen.

More often than not, big blockbusters come out with these powerhouse soundtracks, filled with big names and even bigger potential as a way to draw in attention to the movie, and as another selling point for the film. Yet, especially in the case of big action films, these songs are barely ever heard within the actual film. They simply accompany the film as its “soundtrack” when in reality they don’t actually soundtrack any part of the film. Case in point would be the Hunger Games franchise. Each movie that the franchise put out, with four of them in total, they all has big names attached to their soundtracks. Gathering the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, and a wide variety of other artists, they drew in people’s attention by the names they were able to get and for the songs that they had written/performed specifically for the sake of their movies. Yet, looking back at some of the popular songs Taylor Swift produced for the films, the two songs she did, Safe and Sound and Eyes Open, were never actually featured on screen. Never once was there a moment where Taylor Swifts voice could be heard even faintly playing in the background of a scene in those movies. So it does leave on wondering, though these movies do provide some great music, how much is a “movie soundtrack” really worth?

Now don’t get me wrong, any reason for new music is a good reason, but these big blockbusters soundtracks overshadow the real musical presence of the film, which is the films score. Not many people go out of their way to listen to or buy a films score, as it is the more understated aspect of the film. Yet in big blockbusters such as these, the score usually proves to be the backbone of a scene as it is crucial in setting up the intensity and the emotional drive of a scene. Just look at Jaws, without those violins how would you know that the shark was coming, and how else would the audience be terrified before the shark even appeared on screen? Another example of a more recent franchise most well-known for its score would be that of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you look at those films the main theme of the films can be distinguishable whenever you hear it. Once those instruments start playing, you would immediately be able to point to that franchise. Yet, that blockbuster franchise, in all of its five movies so far, has never had a big soundtrack to go along with it. Instead it relies solely on the power of its now scores to really aid in producing a great film.

In the end, both aspects of the film are fantastic, and usually help in creating great films to go along with such great music, yet one can only hope that someday there will be a popular blockbuster who manages to find a way in order to make them work together instead of apart. So far the only big blockbuster that has successfully managed to really integrate actual music into its action was that Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy, a feat made possible by actually incorporating music as a legitimate plot point.  Will Suicide Squad be able to utilize its stellar arsenal of songs as Marvel was able too? Only August 5th, 2o16 will tell.


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