One thing everyone can agree on is that ‘Batman V Superman’ is not a fun movie. For the fans of this film, that was part of the appeal as it deviated from some of the lighter Marvel fare. For those that didn’t enjoy it, the film was a bleak, arduous chore to sit through. Keep in mind, there’s an even longer, darker cut of the film coming on Blu-Ray in a few months. The fans should be thrilled!
But Warner Brothers is worried. Even though ‘Batman V Superman’ broke records with its release numbers, the toxic word-of-mouth could hurt this extremely expensive film, which needs to make serious bank to be certified a true hit. (Keep in mind, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’‘s $459 million domestic haul is viewed as a failure and the stakes were even higher for ‘Batman V Superman’.)
Early reports were that Warner Brothers’ next DC movie ‘Suicide Squad’ was going to explore the darker side of the DCU. DARKER than ‘Batman V Superman’?! That appeared to be the plan. The first trailer for the movie was certainly atmospheric. And it closed with a disturbing extended scene of Jared Leto’s Joker in action. And much of the buzz around ‘Suicide Squad’ has centered on just how dark and disturbed Leto’s performance was.
But then came the most recent trailer, set to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which seemed to go in the exact opposite direction, focusing on the quirkier aspects of the film. Suddenly, the comparisons to ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ began surfacing.
It looks like Warner Brothers isn’t bothered by the comparisons and after some recoiled at the darkness of ‘Batman V Superman’ they want to show that their super hero movies can actually be fun too! It’s being reported that WB is spending “tens of millions of dollars” on reshoots for ‘Suicide Squad’ in hopes of delivering a more enjoyable movie experience.
Honestly, it’s rare that last minute reshoots are a great idea, especially if they are to make a film dramatically different from what the director (in this case, David Ayer) originally intended. The result could be uneven and disjointed. (See last year’s ‘Fantastic Four’ with its tacked on ending that sank an already seriously flawed film.)
But who knows? We’ll have to wait and see how ‘Suicide Squad’ turns out when it arrives in theaters at the end of the summer.
Do you want a lighter or darker ‘Suicide Squad’?
‘Suicide Squad’ directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukahara with Ben Affleck hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
After ‘Batman V Superman’, Jason wanted to form the Homicide Squad. Follow him on Twitter.