Has this ever happened to you?
You’re in a theater to see a movie you’ve been looking forward to for months. Maybe you obsessively watched the trailers on YouTube. Maybe you just encountered the trailers in front of every other movie you saw in the months prior. The point is the studio’s marketing department did its job and got you to buy a ticket.
But then something awful happens. The movie you thought you were seeing doesn’t actually exist. You’ve been duped by the nifty editors who put together the trailers. You came to see a comedy, but instead got a serious drama with one or two jokes. The scary movie you wanted turns out to be a slow-moving, unnerving and very methodical psychological thriller. And a light-hearted, Guardians of the Galaxy-esque superhero movie turns out to be as joyless as Batman v Superman.
Well now there’s a solution to that! It’s called re-shoots. It’s the thing a studio can do to change their movie to be more like the one they promised.
Wait. Hold on. That’s not how re-shoots normally work. But it might be what’s happening right now with Suicide Squad.
According to BirthMoviesDeath, the current, Queen-music enhanced trailer for Suicide Squad completely misrepresents the movie.
The trailer in question:
The actual film is far closer to the more somber tone of the earlier trailer and footage from last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This Deadpool/Guardians of the Galaxy-esque “fun with anti-heroes” movie everyone’s excited about doesn’t exist. “Every joke in the movie is in that trailer,” says a BMD source.
However, in the wake of the response to the trailer and, uh, shall we say Batman v Superman controversy Warner Bros is apparently “requesting reshoots that would alter the tone of the film, bringing in some more of the lightness to which audiences responded […] 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 […] They’re not just inserting jokes left and right but beefing up fun character moments and interactions.”
BMD also states that as far as this relates to Justice League-Part One, “Word is that they’re being much more involved this time around.”
To me, this suggest Suicide Squad is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Two months ago, Deadpool made R-rated superhero movies cool again. So everyone wondered if it was too late for Warner Bros. to change Suicide Squad into more of an R-rated adventure, more in line with the tone of its source material. WB and the film’s director David Ayer mostly said, “An R-rating is fine and good for those miscreants at Fox, but here at WB we have toys to sell, dammit. Plus, we’ve already wrapped production. It’s too late to change direction now.”
Now Batman v Superman has made a rather convincing argument that the DC Cinematic Universe will be the place where joy, believable characters and enjoyable character interactions go to die. It’s making loads of money, but inspiring a level of anger which is truly rare in response to most comic book movies. So maybe WB suddenly realizes that things need to change and fast.
Or maybe not. This is, after all, just a rumor BMD is reporting from an unnamed source, and that epic Batman v Superman drop-off at the box office many are hoping for might not actually happen. WB might have created the superhero franchise version of Transformers, completely critic and audience proof.
Where does that leave Suicide Squad? Too tame to be the next Deadpool but so close to being the next Batman v Superman that WB is devoting millions to emergency reshoots to fix things?