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Rumor: Warner Bros. Doesn’t Want Jokes In Their Serious DC Comics Movies

Rumor: Warner Bros. Doesn't Want Jokes In Their Serious DC Comics Movies

Well, here’s a weird rumor to mull over. As you know, Warner Bros. are going full throttle on their DC Comics movies, plotting out a string of them until 2020, with last year’s “Man Of Steel” kicking off this new cinematic universe, with “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” coming next in 2016. The conventional wisdom maintains that, unlike their Marvel counterparts, WB’s take on superheroes ever since Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy has been very grounded and very serious. But does that mean the studio is enforcing a random, arbitrary rule about the presence of humor in their films?

According to HitFix, the answer is yes. The site reveals they’ve heard chatter that there is a “no jokes” policy at WB when it comes to the DC movies, which makes zero sense. Given that they’ve already established the tone via “Man Of Steel” (which had its share of humor), we can’t imagine that screenwriter Chris Terrio is banging out a hilarious “Justice League” script only to be told to excise the knock knock jokes. Coming into the franchise, we’d presume the talent involved already knows that the upcoming DC Comics flicks are operating at a certain dramatic level.

So is WB giving notes to writers working on scripts? Totally, because that’s how it works in Hollywood, and one assumes many of those notes aim to ensure that the tone of the movies stay consistent. That said, any good studio should be adaptable, and we can’t imagine “Aquaman” or even “The Flash” without more laughs than a gritty, grizzled Ben Affleck-version of Batman is likely to intone. Different character require different approaches, and we’re sure WB is well aware of that and will adjust accordingly.

So perhaps WB wants their serious DC Comics movie to stay tonally consistent and more serious than something like “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” Shocker?

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What jokes did man of steel have? Clark trashing the truck? Really? What else? C'mon playlist, atleast try to make sense every now and then.


I think they're going for a 'Dark Knight' approach.


And this is why your movie series will fail WARNER! Grimm, serious, and too gritty and TOOOOOOO REALISTIC… And I am really insulted by the fact, that you may never want to use characters like Robin a… actually, as a ROBIN fan, I should be happy that he may never be in this series of serious garbage… Hopefully after these movies crash, he (Dick Grayson) can have a Robin origins solo-film WITHOUT any mention of Batman, AT ALL.


Of course they don't want jokes in this film, the casting decision alone has created enough derisive humor to last 3 continuation sequels.


" Given that they've already established the tone via "Man Of Steel" (which had its share of humor)" Are you kidding? "Man of Steel was one of the most humorless movies I've ever seen.


Wow, they obviously have the wrong idea about this shared universe stuff. Why do you think Marvel is so popular? It's because almost every single MCU film is a good time! It's because the general audiences know that whenever they walk into a Marvel movie they can expect to have a blast, especially with family/friends. Also another huge factor of their success- the movies are so much better when you watch them with others. Look at Guardians of the Galaxy! One of the biggest elements in that movie is comedy and it's the biggest movie of the year! However it still manages to balance emotion, story and action. Not everything has to be such a depressing snooze-fest, DC.


I wouldn't describe MAN OF STEEL, a movie that had Russell Crowe flying AVATAR dragons, as "very grounded."

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