While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been panned by some for its lack of humor, the next installment in the DCEU — Suicide Squad — never seemed to lack in laughter. With the new trailer for the DC supervillains team-up (which debuted during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards), the film is promising high-octane action, a Batfleck cameo, more Joker than you can shake a stick at – and most certainly, a hefty dose of off-beat humor.
Recently, however, rumors began to make their way across the internet claiming that Suicide Squad is going into reshoots – specifically to add more humor. Now co-writer/director David Ayer has taken to Twitter to clear the air, telling fans exactly what the reshoots are for: more action scenes.
Ayer called the idea of re-shooting Suicide Squad to add humor “silly” through his verified Twitter account, clarifying that the folks at Warner Bros had enjoyed the first cut of the film and asked him to shoot additional scenes that hadn’t made it into the original cut. Last week, actor Jai Courtney said almost exactly the same thing when asked about the reshoots, stating, “I wouldn’t say we’re going back to make it funnier, there’s some additional action stuff that we’ve been doing, which is pretty dope.”
Ayer promises that action with these new additions, and doesn’t seem worried about Suicide Squad not delivering on the laughs. The film’s comic book counterpart prominently features a rag-tag cast with hilarious and deep chemistry, with Harley Quinn (portrayed by Margot Robbie in the film) at the heart of it all to keep things as weird as they can possibly be.
Alongside Robbie, who recently showed off her comedy chops again opposite Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is A-lister (and Robbie’s Focus costar), Will Smith. Smith has gone decades defining his broad range that shifts between heavy drama and laugh-out-loud slapstick — plus, Smith already has a great rapport with Robbie, as they demonstrated while appearing together in Focus. With the punk-rock attitude of Ayer’s direction, Suicide Squad has the potential to follow its predecessors in a manner that shows the DC Extended Universe is diverse in more ways than one, from the cast lineup to the film’s overall theme.
Regardless of what the rumor mill says, Suicide Squad is gearing up for a major summer release. The movie’s all-new “Blitz” trailer gave eager fans a better look at the film’s key players, the insanity of Jared Leto’s Joker, and how Batman will be involved during his cameo in the movie, giving fans just enough action and comedy to move them further along towards August.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
Source: David Ayer