That god awful first trailer for Suicide Squad set to some emo chick's version of a shitty Bee Gees song felt as if they were selling a gritty, Fincher-lite take on these characters. The second trailer went wildly in the other direction, promising a Guardians of the Galaxy-lite take on these characters. Now, the word on the street says that the film is undergoing reshoots in order to inject more "fun" into the movie. Those of you who think this approach can only yield positive results should grab a copy of Snakes on a Plane and try to get through it sometime.
Devin Faraci over at Birth Movies Death (link below) claims to have inside information which indicates that the much beloved Bohemian Rhapsody trailer combined with the outcry that Batman v Superman was dour, has led WB to call for reshoots...
A couple of weeks ago I spoke with an excellent source who told me something surprising: the trailer for Suicide Squad, the one with the Queen song, did not represent the film as it then existed. "Every joke in the movie is in that trailer," this source told me. The enormous positive response to the trailer led to Warner Bros requesting reshoots that would alter the tone of the film, bringing in some more of the lightness to which audiences responded.
I have since spoken to more sources and I understand that 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.
If "every joke in the movie is in that trailer," reshoots aren't going to cure those kinds of problems. Most people are certain to say, as Faraci himself does, that this is good news, but rapid course correction on a film's tone has never ended well. As I said before, it's ended with Snakes on a Plane, whose makers were so convinced that the internet outrage over Samuel L. Jackson starring in a movie called Snakes on a Plane could only be used to the film's benefit. So they reshot scenes to add more sex, nudity, and cussing, including the infamous "I have had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane" line that started that whole crazy train a'running.
How about a more recent, more relevant example. Last summer's Fantastic Four wasn't the cinematic abortion people like to pretend it was, but it was a nightmarish mess of a movie sentenced to death by too many cooks in its kitchen. It was a movie noted to death, and whether or not director Josh Trank was at fault is a discussion for another time, but it reeked of studio interference. The reshoots were painfully obvious and ultimately unnecessary, and with Suicide Squad opening in that film's slot, it doesn't give me a ton of faith. Maybe it'll be good, but it probably won't. I'll likely end up liking it more than anyone because I think it's going to be a pile of shit. Got comments? Keep your stupid comments in your pocket!