Last week, an unconfirmed report revealed that Warner Bros. had ordered reshoots for their upcoming Suicide Squad movie, which is set to hit theaters on August 5. The reshoots were reportedly being done to inject more humor into the supervillain adventure, since fans responded so positively to the trailer that debuted in January. That sneak peek is said to have featured every single joke seen in the finished release as it stood. The reshoots were rumored to have started last week, and today we have word from Captain Boomerang himself, Jai Courtney, who confirms with Entertainment Tonight that reshoots are in fact happening. But they aren't necessarily just adding more humor. There will be more action and heart, too.
"I think there's plenty of that in it. I wouldn't say we're going back to make it funnier. There's some additional action stuff we've been doing which is pretty dope. We're just kind of adding, in that sense. Don't believe everything you read."
Earlier today, Twitter user Brett Schulte revealed new details about the reshoots, claiming they will last for three weeks, with just two days on location in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest taking place on a soundstage. He revealed that production took place last night both inside and outside of the Cicada Club in L.A., which some have speculated could be used for the dinner scene with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) that we saw in the first trailer.
He also claims that there was a "fairly large ballroom set" and exterior shots that took place last night, while people he talked to on the set backed up the original rumor from last week, claiming Warner Bros.' "made" director David Ayer undergo these reshoots because the movie was too dark. Of course, we don't expect the studio to confirm these details, but given the overwhelmingly positive response from the second trailer, it wouldn't be surprising if the studio wanted to add more levity, even considering their infamous "no jokes" policy. It's also possible that the reshoots could reflect a change in the studio's outlook, following the unconventional box office success of Deadpool.
Producer Charles Roven confirmed last week that Suicide Squad will not be R-rated, but given the rumors that the studio wants a "lighter" movie, it's possible they could be trying to replicate the tone of Deadpool, without going as far as pushing for an R rating. As of now, we haven't spotted any set photos from the downtown L.A. set, but we'll keep you posted with new updates as soon as we have them. In the meantime, take a look at Jai Courtney's video interview, along with a collection of tweets regarding the Suicide Squad reshoots.
On set of Suicide Squad reshoots #dtla— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016
@BatmanNewsCom wasn't much to see but heard three weeks of reshoots, only two days on location the rest on stage. Don't know cast.— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016
@BatmanNewsCom spoke with an editor who said it has "surprisingly touching moments". Make of that what you will.— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016
@BatmanNewsCom yeah I read that and asked the editor (he read it too). I asked "Better than Deadpool" he said "completely different".— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016
@HopHaze pics on a film set are frowned on; I was more into talking to people. Sorry to disappoint.— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016
@BatmanNewsCom talking to people on set today they said the studio "made him do reshoots" because it was too dark. Interesting words.— Brett Schulte (@brettschulte) April 6, 2016