James Gunn reveals all the songs that weren’t in the Suicide Squad
James Gunn reveals a playlist full of songs that weren’t shortlisted for his next DC Extended Universe sequel, The Suicide Squad.
James Gunn reveals playlist full of songs that weren’t shortlisted for his next DC Extended Universe sequel The suicide squad. Written and directed by the guardians of the galaxy filmmaker, the story centers on the titular team of supervillains as they are tasked with venturing to the fictional South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy the era’s prison and laboratory. Nazi, Jotunheim. They find their mission turned upside down with the arrival of the telepathic kaiju-sized starfish, Starro.
The film’s cast sees the returns of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. He will also see the DCEU presentations of Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior. as Ratcatcher 2, Nathan Fillion as Arm-Fall -Off-Boy, Michael Rooker as Savant, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, and Sean Gunn as Weasel. Despite this large roster of new and returning characters, no one is safe as Gunn’s most often teased will be dead in the end.
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Gunn recently met Empire to offer a lot of insight and exclusive material for The suicide squad. The mix included a playlist of songs that weren’t selected for the film, including Johnny Cash’s “Rusty Cage” and his reasoning for why they weren’t featured in the film. See Gunn’s explanations and playlist below:
- rusty cage by Johnny Cash: “When we almost finished the movie, we heard that Guy Ritchie Anger of man, which came out a few months before us, was using ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. So we almost used that – then I decided I just preferred “FPB” for the scene; I’ll drop the chips where they can.“
- What a way to die by Les Chercheurs de Plaisir: “I love this old garage-rock track, which was briefly considered for the opening credits in place of Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died”.“
- Draw the line by Aerosmith: “This played over the Osprey flying over the ocean and dropping team members into the water for a long time. It worked really well, but after our co-producer Simon Hatt suggested we could use a little more tension in the scene, I thought John Murphy’s score might serve our needs better. And that’s the case ! But I still miss it, probably my favorite Aerosmith track (and I like it a lot).“
- Somos South by Ana Tijoux feat. Shadia Mansour: “Ana Tijoux is a Franco-Chilean singer whom I adore, and I almost used this song when the band pulled up in front of the Corto Maltesian brothel. But the scene was cut short enough in the edit that we just used the K Flay song we used on the inside, ‘Can’t Sleep’ – but started it on the outside.“
- The human paradox by Dynazty and Resisted by Resistré México: “These are two great songs that we had in the first few tracks before my friend Grandson wrote his original classic “Rain” for the same scene. Having said that, I am using the song Dynazty – one of my favorite metal tracks – in a future project.“
- Death on two legs by the queen: “This was briefly considered for Harley Quinn’s big action sequence at the script stage (yes, I write all the songs in the script), before coming up with the final choice for the scene.“
- A perfect miracle by Spiritualized: “Part of the finale was originally this wonderful song by this amazing band – unfortunately it just didn’t work out well. Another song that I would love to use on screen one day … There are too many to count!“
- sometimes by Kero Kero Bonito and El Pueblo Unida Jamas Sera Vencido by Inti-Illimani: “These were both factored into the end credits.“
Since his appearance in the world of blockbusters with guardians of the galaxy, Gunn became famous for his musical choices included in his films. By often creating scenes around certain songs while simultaneously finding good songs to pair them with after the fact, Gunn has a clear grip on a great soundtrack, especially in the realm of classic rock. Shortly after signing on for the project, Gunn announced that the film would be heavy on music, albeit differently from the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
Watching the movie trailers, The suicide squad has certainly seen a fair amount of exciting leads associated with the DCEU action. Gunn’s playlist of songs that didn’t make the cut certainly points to a tonally disparate soundtrack from guardians of the galaxy and not in a bad way. With only a month to go until the film arrives, it will be interesting to see the end result and see if WB and Gunn reveal the full soundtrack beforehand.
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