Warner Bros. has had a rough row to hoe with their DC properties. Attempts to distinguish themselves from rival studio Marvel initially swung so far in the opposite direction that reports were popping up last year that the studio put the kibosh on jokes. Which was a crime against superheroes. For the most part, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice toed the line. There a few – if any – moments of levity to be found in the film.
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But the pendulum has now reversed if inside sources are to be believed. Back in February, Guardians of the Galaxy director called out movie trailers for cribbing his pop music style despite that levity not fitting the theme of their movie. Having insider information, I knew he was speaking – at least in part – of Suicide Squad. It was a fantastic trailer. It just doesn't mesh with the film itself, instead casting it as more light-hearted fare. But fans loved the trailer (rightfully so). Coupled with the blowback to the dour mood of Dawn of Justice, the gears began to spin behind-the-scenes. Now Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death. is hearing some interesting chatter.
“Every joke in the movie is in that trailer,” this source told me. The enormous positive response to the trailer led to Warner Bros requesting reshoots that would alter the tone of the film, bringing in some more of the lightness to which audiences responded.
Another source of Faraci”s corroborated this report. They even elaborated the reshoots are a massive affair, with the budget in the tens of millions as the writers expand the interaction between characters. All in all, this can only be a good thing. Warner Bros. is listening to fan feedback. They”re bringing back the laughs!
Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5, 2016.