Love it or hate it, there’s no denying Batman v Superman is a dark and serious film. Lighter moments are few and far between, and you can count the jokes in the film on one hand. That’s fine — and it’s certainly a distinct direction to take — but it sounds like the studio does not want Suicide Squad to have the same vibe.
A new report from Birth.Movies.Death claims the studio ordered some extensive reshoots in the wake of that awesome trailer a while back (the one with the Queen song), since the fan reaction was so positive to the vibe represented in that trailer. According to the “excellent” source close to the project, that trailer included pretty much every joke in the movie, while the film itself fell more in line with the tone of Batman v Superman. But that shouldn’t be the case anymore.
Here’s an excerpt from the report, via Devin Faraci at Birth.Movies.Death:
A couple of weeks ago I spoke with an excellent source who told me something surprising: the trailer for Suicide Squad, the one with the Queen song, did not represent the film as it then existed. "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.
I have since spoken to more sources and 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.
Considering Suicide Squad doesn’t actually open until August, Warner Bros. does have a little bit of wiggle room to insert some fresh character moments and levity into the final edit. It’s getting close, but there’s still time to pull this off without it feeling like a total rush job. It’s also encouraging to see the studio respond (somewhat) to the critical reaction of Batman v Superman and make an effort to ensure these properties take on their own, distinct tone.
What do you think? Does this make you worry, or get you more excited, for Suicide Squad?