Suicide Squad: Warner Bros. Reshoots to Add More Humor, Jared Leto Talks Reinventing the Joker

Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 2:13PM
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 2:13PM
Suicide Squad: Warner Bros. Reshoots to Add More Humor, Jared Leto Talks Reinventing the Joker
Batman v Superman has its defenders and detractors, but most fans and critics tend to agree that the DCEU needs to find the fun a little bit more. According to a new report, Warner Bros. has finally caught wind of this, and is spending millions of dollars to re-shoot Suicide Squad and make it funnier.

According to Birth.Movies.Death, a source close to the film revealed that the recent trailer that was set to Bohemian Rhapsody and was so beloved by fans isn't reflective of the rest of the film. There isn't nearly as much humor or lightheartedness as we have been led to believe, as the source claims that "Every joke in the movie is in that trailer."



Luckily, the rapturous reception of the trailer led to Warner Bros. ordering re-shoots to add a lighter touch throughout the movie, which is pretty great news. Although it's a little concerning that the jokes were so sparse to begin with, after the critical failure of Batman v Superman, it would be nice if DC finally learned that jokes and serious subject matter/a dark tone aren't incompatible.

Although, to be fair, Suicide Squad was probably always going to be funnier and more irreverent than Batman v Superman, if only as a result of the presence of Harley Quinn and the Joker. Jared Leto recently spoke to EW about the enormous responsibility of playing the character, especially considering the iconic performances that precede his own:
Opening quote
"The work that's been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it's a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility."
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He compared playing the character to classic characters like Hamlet, who have been portrayed many different times by many different actors:

Opening quote
"You just knew you had to do something different. You had to make it your own. That happens all the time. Whether you're a composer working on a piece of music that was written a century ago, or you're an actor on stage, reinterpreting a play, it's very common these days. Directors take on great works of cinema, actors reinterpret roles, that's been going on for a great deal of time. From Scarface to Hamlet. In some ways it's really interesting to reinterpret, redefine."
Closing quote

There was a fan uproar over Jared Leto's casting at first, especially after that unfortunate first photo, but fans are slowly starting to embrace him a little more. Personally, I think he's a great actor, and we should all keep an open mind. Remember how upset everyone was about Batfleck in the beginning?

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.
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