The People Wanted Funny, So Suicide Squad Looks Funny Now
Have we reached the end of the gritty, tortured superhero movie?
BY MATT MILLER | Apr 12, 2016 | Film & TV
Way back in mid-January we described the new Suicide Squad trailer as "a dark, twisted mess of anti-hero indulgence." Driven by Jared Leto's psycho Joker, DC framed this movie as a moody action flick along the lines of the often-emulated Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy—but with bad guys.
Since then two things have happened: Marvel's Deadpool, a self-aware action superhero comedy, was released to positive reviews and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time (which was thanks, in part, to a brilliant marketing team). Then DC released that ultra-dark Batman v Superman movie that no one liked. No one. It's even set to be less profitable than the equally bad Man of Steel.
So, with about four months still to go until Suicide Squad's release, DC is doing some frantic reworking to the tone of the film to appease the masses. Earlier this month, rumours circulated that DC is reshooting Suicide Squad to make it funnier. Though director David Ayer says the reshoots weren't for humour, the people still want funny! GIVE THEM FUNNY. And that's just what you'll find in the newest trailer for Suicide Squad: "You got a boyfriend?" "What a ride!" "What am I twelve?" So many funnies! It's all set to the quirky "Ballroom Blitz." And it's all just a response to the marketing shift set off by the Zach Snyder's garbage Batman movie. They even appear to make a nod to that change in the opening of this trailer, with the line, "What if Superman had decided to fly down and grab the president out of the Oval office? Who would have stopped him?" Good question.
Maybe the era of gritty superhero movies is over. Remember how successful Guardians of the Galaxy was? Well, it was funny. With the evolution of Suicide Squad, you can actually watch the gears turning in studio executive heads. They see those dollar signs. Despite what Marvel and DC fanboys want to believe, these companies aren't making art. They're making a product. This is big business, and big businesses—like fast food chains, like Walmart, like Apple—respond to consumer demands. Maybe they'll add a scene into the movie where Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn fights a bunch of thugs in a comedy club then finishes the comedian's stand up routine. But what can they do about the super unfunny, crazy-ass method acting Leto did to play Joker?
From: Esquire US.