Is “Suicide Squad” Too Dark?

The DC Cinematic Universe is getting a quick makeover ahead of the release of Suicide Squad, with Warner Bros. reportedly throwing stacks of cash at pricey reshoots to up the fun ratio. “Every joke in the movie is in that trailer,” a reportedly “excellent” source tells Birth Movies Death, referencing the movie’s near-perfect trailer that showed the promise of a Squad helmed by Fury director David Ayer.

Following that trailer’s monstrous success, Warner Bros. started plotting reshoots that would “alter the tone” of Suicide Squad to add more of what audiences loved about the trailer. According to Birth Movies Death, these reshoots are currently in progress and will ultimately set the studio back “tens of millions of dollars.” The new scenes are expected to bring in a bit more “humor and lightness,” perhaps a wise move considering the generally not-very-fun vibes at the heart of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“I think it does speak to, now that we’re a global family, what it means to police the world and how hard that is,” Snyder told Den of Geek in an interview last week. “Clearly, it’s not easy.” However, Snyder argues, there’s an underlying positivity to Batman v Superman that many may have missed: “But I do think, in the end, the movie does have an optimism toward humanity and sacrifice.”

Suicide Squad, which hits theaters Aug. 5, initially sounded like a decidedly dark entry in Ayer’s (already dark) filmography with early reports of an on-set therapist and Jared Leto’s frequent method shenanigans. That excitement was a bit torched, however, when news of its likely PG-13 rating was revealed to Collider by producer Charles Roven. “The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13,” Roven said in November. “We really want to make these films tonally consistent.” Bummer. However, as news of these reshoots clearly shows, at least the studio is paying some attention to the desires of Suicide Squad’s audience.

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