There have been quite a few complaints (justified and not) directed towards last weekend’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but above all else, most people seem to agree that the blockbuster is “too dark.” The film’s grim tone, bleak presentation and humorless plot was fairly off-putting for some, and recognizing that some people like to, you know, have some fun when they go to the movies, new reports suggest Warner Bros. is spending millions on reshoots for this August’s next DC chapter, Suicide Squad, believing it’ll add little more levity to not only these proceedings, but the blossoming cinematic universe as well.
The scoop comes from Birth.Movies.Death., whose “excellent” unnamed source reports that January’s excellent second trailer for David Ayer’s upcoming film — the one that boasted massive stunts, fast quips and accompaniment by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — didn’t give a fair shake on what’s to come. “Every joke in the movie is in that trailer,” they noted. And based on how well audiences responded to the lighter tone of the trailer and how negatively they reacted to the dourness of Zack Snyder’s latest, the studio demanded some reshoots, hoping to add some more cheekiness and fun to the film.
Considering how outspoken fans have been vocalizing their disinterest towards Warner Bros. and their behavior conducting the DC cinematic universe thus far, this should bode over well. Because, generally, audiences like knowing what they responded to the most in the trailers is actually represented in the final film. And this should also set the stage for some more goofiness and lightheartedness to be found in future films, most notably the soon-to-begin-shooting Justice League films. But will adding such slapdash scenes to Ayer’s film only make the tone more uneven and disjointed by the time it comes into theaters? One will have to find out when Suicide Squad bursts into theaters guns a-blazing on August 5.