Warner Bros. and DC are apparently responding to critics who have bashed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for being too dark and humorless by adding more jokes to this summer's DCEU adventure Suicide Squad. According to BMD, reshoots are currently happening as we speak. And these reshoots will reportedly alter the tone of the movie as it currently exists.
Sources close to the DC Comics adventure alerted BMD to the fact that the second trailer, released in January and set to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, contains every single joke seen in the movie. That trailer, which was different from the one released during Comic-Con 2015, doesn't actually represent what is in the finished movie. But fan response to the trailer was overwhelming. This led Warner Bros. to request that director David Ayer go back and reshoot some of the movie.
The idea is to bring more lightness to what is an extremely dark film. Some have said it's even darker than what we saw in last week's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. David Ayer is a director known for hardcore, violent cop thrillers such as End of Watch, Sabotage and Street Kings. He is not, however, known for his comedy chops. And it's been long understood that DC and Warner Bros. have a 'no jokes' rule in place when it comes to their DCEU lineup. The poor critical response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hints that might be changing.
The reshoots are said to be ongoing, with production back up and running this week. And the reshoots are said to be big, with the studio spending tens of millions of dollars, though no reshoot budget was confirmed. It also isn't known which members of the cast have been asked back for these reshoots. Many believe that Jared Leto's The Joker is not in the movie very much, not until the third act. And it's already being speculated that The Joker may not be required for these reshoots.
Though, keep in mind, none of this has been confirmed by Warner Bros., DC or anyone directly involved with the production of the movie. It sounds like Warner Bros. is fully aware that their movies need to be a little bit more 'fun', but that is not a word being used lightly. Most of the reshoots do not revolve around the inclusion of a 'joke' dropped into the action, but sees fun character moments getting beefed up, with the dialogue altered during certain interactions to ensure that it's not so dour.
BMD goes onto speculate that this change in tone may affect what is happening on the set of Justice League Part 1. The movie begins shooting under the direction of Zack Snyder in just a few days. Is it possible that the filmmaker will allow for a few jokes to seep in? Or will this superhero ensemble keep its straight face in place, much like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did before it?