This year has been a breakthrough year for fans of the DCEU, DC Comics’ on-screen universe. New cinematic additions have hit the big screen and fans are eager for more updates on upcoming projects like Wonder Woman and The Batman. In that former camp, no 2016 DCEU film was as successful as Suicide Squad which broke box office records, introduced fans to a new host of characters, and inspired a Harley Quinn solo spin-off.
The film didn’t just succeed as a movie, though. Many aspects of Suicide Squad have since received widespread recognition, including its soundtrack. Suicide Squad: The Album features a number of hit artists across multiple genres, some of whom produced original songs exclusively for the soundtrack. A few of those songs have earned critical and popular acclaim — the peak of which came with this week’s Grammy nominations.
The official Suicide Squad Instagram highlighted the film’s recognized songs in a recent post. Three of the album’s five Grammy nominations went to Twenty One Pilots’ smash “Heathens,” with the remaining two going to Skrillex and Rick Ross’s “Purple Lamborghini” and the album as a whole. Check out the post, which encapsulates the album’s nominations, below:
Congratulations to #SuicideSquad on 5 Grammy nominations!
It looks like “Heathens” and “Purple Lamborghini” will actually compete in the “Best Song for Visual Media” category, along with fellow nominees “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake, Trolls), “Just Like Fire” (P!nk, Alice Through the Looking Glass), “Try Everything” (Shakira, Zootopia), and “The Veil” (Peter Gabriel, Snowden). Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots is up against competition from legends like Metallica, David Bowie, and Radiohead in the Best Rock Song category.
The Grammys are certainly shaping up to be lively this year, and it looks like Twenty One Pilots may very well perform during the show, given their newcomer status and multiple nominations. Whether Suicide Squad specifically takes home an award, it’s certainly a treat for fans to see the film earn some critical recognition — especially since the movie itself didn’t exactly garner acclaim. The soundtrack is facing off against critical hits like Amy and Straight Outta Compton, though neither of those nominees’ albums have been so successful on the charts.
In the end, this is exciting news for the Suicide Squad fan base that also brings attention to the multifaceted world of filmmaking. It’s cool to see one of the more easily ignored aspects of a film, like its music, receive this kind of recognition — especially on such a large scale.