While [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) is breaking records at the box-office, it has been one of the more controversial and ill-received blockbusters in years. It's being blasted by many critics (not us) and fan's reactions to the movie have been split directly down the middle. There are a variety of reasons for the criticism, however what most agree on is that director Zack Snyder commits to a decidedly gritty and dark tone for the heroes of the DC universe.
It seems that the complaints have not fallen on def ears within in the walls of Warner Bros. BMD reports that WB has ordered reshoots for their upcoming summer release of Suicide Squad in response to the backlash towards Dawn of Justice. Writer Devin Faraci explains:
"I understand that the reshoots are happening right now, as recently as this week, and that they're big - tens of millions of dollars big. And they're adding more humor and lightness into the film.
This, to me, is great news. Hearing that WB is aware that they need to inject some fun into these movies - and that's what I'm hearing is happening here, not that they're inserting jokes left and right but that they're beefing up fun character moments and interactions - can only mean good things for the future of the DC Movieverse after the deadly serious, zero fun Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
Studio interference in director's visions of their movies has certainly been a double-edged sword in the past. While taking audience reactions into consideration is of value, it also can be argued that too many opinions can lead to a convoluted product. Director and writer David Ayer (Fury) is known for his hard-hitting and realistic films about urban life and the duplicitous nature between men in dire circumstances. There is a glaring lack of comedy in his filmography, other than the inherent humor that is found in the situations and character interactions within the given story. It has yet to be seen if these Suicide Squad reshoots are truly part of his evolving movie, or if these changes will be in conflict with his vision.
The report also details that they aren't adding comedy scenes, but simply beefing up character interactions. However it also states that the reshoots are costing "tens of millions" of dollars, which would signal that these are large scale scenes being produced. Adding more humor to the movie is not necessarily a red flag, but reacting reflexively to a different movie is of more concern. It signals that WB may not have confidence in their own decision-making and that's not an encouraging sign for the rapidly growing DC universe. The characters in the Suicide Squad lend themselves to dark interpretations. Hopefully the additional scenes make the movie feel more cohesive, instead of more unfocused and convoluted.
Faraci explains that almost all of the humor found in the movie was already crammed into the trailer. The marketing campaign that WB staged for Batman v Superman was disastrous, including trailers with spoiler-filled reveals and setting up expectations that the movie could not deliver on. It seems that they have done the same with Suicide Squad, however with over four months until the movie's release, there is time to make the proper alterations. Will that result in a better received movie? We will find out in August...
Suicide Squad opens on August 5th, 2016.
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