Ever since Warner Bros. announced its mammoth DCEU movie slate, there has been a running, unconfirmed rumor that the studio has a 'no jokes' policy when it comes to these upcoming DC Comics superhero movies. And by all accounts, nothing from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers or sneak peek footage indicates that this dark adventure has much time for one-liners. That might all change with Justice League.

That doesn't mean Justice League is going to be some sort of laugh riot. But writer Chris Terrio has confirmed that there will be one big difference between this month's blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the movie it helps set up, 2017's Justice League. The later will definitely have a much lighter tone. Speaking with WSJ, the screenwriter had this to say.

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"I expect Justice League will be tonally not quite as dark as Batman v Superman. From that point of view, I felt compelled to go back and try to lift us and myself into a different tonal place because I think when you write a darker film, sometimes you want to redeem it all a bit."

Much like Batman v Superman explores the aftermath of Man of Steel, Justice League Part 1 will continue the story set up in Dawn of Justice. And the movies that follow will do the same. In the same interview, Chris Terrio confirms that both Aquaman and The Flash will be extensions of the Justice League storyline. And they won't necessarily be 'standalone' films as that definition suggests.

Chris Terrio describes the tone of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers. Star Ben Affleck, who plays billionaire Bruce Wayne, takes it even further, comparing his first scene to a horror movie. He claims that the introduction of Batman in this new DCEU is akin to two classic thrillers. He explains.

"It's like out of "Se7en" or "Aliens" or something, which is a really different vibe. My son still watches the Adam West "Batman" [TV series]. It's a far cry from where it started."

What do you think? Are you excited to see Justice League Part 1 have a lighter tone than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? With all the incoming superheroes, is that needed? Or do you think they're trying to approach it with a little more Marvel flare? Sound off in the comments below.

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