Suicide Squad Warner Bros. Reportedly Orders Reshoots To Lighten Up SUICIDE SQUAD written by Sean Gerber March 31, 2016 Warner Bros. has taken notice of just how much and more importantly why people liked the Suicide Squad trailer and are going back to work on the film to make sure it delivers on that promise. According to Birth.Movies.Death, reshoots have been underway as recently as this week to make sure the tone of the final film matches that of the trailer. Apparently, all of the humor that people loved in the trailer is also all of the humor that was in the film prior to the reshoots. These reshoots, reported to be in the tens of millions of dollars, are designed to add more laughs and lighten up the film. This makes a lot of sense, as the backlash of the final film not delivering on what the marketing has promised could take the form of another critical panning and a mixed reaction from general audiences. No one likes to feel tricked by marketing, even when The Joker is involved and we can only trust him as far as we can throw him. The word “reshoots” still has a negative connotation, but it shouldn’t. They are very common, especially in superhero movies. Marvel Studios films additional material during postproduction on all of the studio’s films. During the editing process, what is and isn’t working in a film can be revealed and there’s nothing wrong with going back to set to get more of what’s working. That’s not trouble. That’s smart. After seeing the Suicide Squad trailer two months ago, I could not help but notice just how tonally different it was compared to the footage shown at San Diego Comic Con. I wondered which preview was more reflective of the movie’s actual tone and today’s news suggests the SDCC footage was winning out, so these reshoots became a must. January’s trailer received arguably the most universally positive reaction from fans and pop culture media compared to any piece of marketing for a DC film since the days of The Dark Knight Trilogy. WB would have been wrong to ignore that. With the critical and general audience response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leaving something to be desired, there is more pressure on Suicide Squad to inspire a positive consensus about the DC Extended Universe. The box office for BvS has been strong, but the “B” CinemaScore (same as the rating for Green Lantern) and repeated complaints about the lack of joy and fun in the DCEU demand attention and at least some minor course correction. Any concern that adding humor and altering the tone just four months prior to release will result in a disjointed picture is valid, but I do not think it will be much of a problem in the end. The tone of the trailer works and we know that the humor is already there, so this is not a radical shift. This is simply leaning more heavily into that which is already in the DNA of Suicide Squad and making sure it is a consistent part of the overall experience. Warner Bros. Reportedly Orders Reshoots To Lighten Up SUICIDE SQUAD was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Suicide Squad 14 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Meet The Full Cast Of Aquatic Characters In Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY next post Watch This Incredible IMAX Sneak Peek For Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK! You may also like Joel Kinnaman Is The New Favorite For... February 13, 2015 See The Latest Trailer For SUICIDE SQUAD! April 10, 2016 Open Forum: SUICIDE SQUAD August 4, 2016 Report: Leto Sought For The Joker In... November 7, 2014 Moving Forward, No News Is Good News... 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Bob Marshall I song believe this for a second, typo al made up story as a reaction to a complaint about a current movie that is also a bs comment. Dan C Not happy to hear this. I’d like to remind WB of a little film called The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was an over reaction to the first Amazing Spider-Man. Forcing changes to appease complaints from fans and critics is always a bad sign. Not only that, but people were ready to accept a darker tone for a movie about villains. Anthony Piccolo I remember when Fan4stic had last minute reactionary reshoots as well. Wow… I’m already looking forward to the “originally intended” Director’s Cut of Suicide Squad. frankelee Only the saddest of fanboys could look at that picture and think this should be a serious movie. Your film can’t be both dumb and grave, the cardinal sin Batman v Superman commits. (And I mean dumb relative to the average viewer, I know a lot of fans found it smart, because it was smarter than them. But that’s not how it works.) stock Ouch! Damn son. AverageGamers TMNT had a massive reshoot just months before it was released too, and the end result was better than the initial test Matthew Dickinson I’m not sure I believe this either, sounds like they are doing reshoots, as often happens, and someone has put their interpretation on it. Although, if it is true, so much for the idea ‘DCEU is different because it lets filmmakers convey their unique vision’. stock This is probably a insert 10 second scene here. Explains this. Redo this, too gross. Stuff like that. I’m pretty sure it’s not major changes at this point. Maybe make a death scene more ambiguous. But I am hopeful for this flick after BvS. I don’t think it’s going to be so disappointing in some grand desire to have a huge scope to it. Dirty Dozen meets GOTG in the DCU. SeanLM In other words, a trailer that features a 1970s rock song, introduces a disparate group of characters, explains why they’re losers but why we should root them anyway, punctuates for jokes, etc. wasn’t enough like Guardians of the Galaxy for WB/DC. Now they’re going to try to make the tone of the movie itself more like GotG. And let’s be totally honest: this movie is DC’s direct answer to GotG’s success. The only problem is the Suicide Squad only has dabs of humor (and usually very dark humor like King Shark eating YoYo and Yoyo surviving in King Shark’s intestine for weeks) whereas the Abnett and Lanning Guardians is written almost as a comedy. stock I would expect it to be darker, only in that the characters are less charming rogues than pure villains. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be funny, although living in an intestine can’t be too cute. I hope they don’t film that. I think DC has decided to be darker as a conscious effort to differentiate their product from Marvel. As far as it goes, I’m glad. TheTingler GOOD, although I wish it was that way from the beginning. I have no problem with dark DC movies but things are getting TOO dour now, Suicide Squad is the perfect recipe for a bit of lightheartedness. Robert Reineke At some point, I really don’t care how the sausage is getting made. And, frankly, a lot of movies can stand to have the connective tissue between action scenes worked on. I’ll judge the movie when it comes out, for good or ill.