If, like so many film critics and disappointed comic book readers, you came out of "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" frustrated by the dour and self-serious tone of the movie, then you're in luck! (And if you didn't and thought the film was great, you're kind of even luckier.)
The next installment in the DC Comics Extended Universe, "Suicide Squad," looks like it's shaping up to be a whole lot of fun. Violent, possibly sadistic and very inappropriate fun, but fun nonetheless.
While the latest trailer, which debuted at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night (April 10), starts with an obligatory Superman reference and features a shot of Ben Affleck's Batman, it's clear that "Suicide Squad" is going in a very different direction than its recent predecessor. And not surprisingly, fan-favorite character Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) seems completely poised to steal the spotlight.
Don't take too much stock in the rumors that "Suicide Squad" went back for reshoots specifically to add more humor to the film, however — according to director David Ayer, that's an inaccurate reflection of what actually went down.
Star Jai Courtney made a similar remark to Entertainment Tonight last week, explaining, "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."
Regardless of when all the jokes got added into the movie, the fact that there are jokes at all is a pretty good sign. After all, when you've got Harley, Jared Leto's Joker and Will Smith — all of whom are known for their overwhelming charisma — you can't not bring a little humor to the table.
If the success of Fox's "Deadpool" movie taught us one thing, it's that audiences are more than willing to throw money at a movie that's true to its source material, even if that material is a zany ultra-violent mess. It's nice to see that "Suicide Squad" is ready to make that leap, too.
"Suicide Squad" hits theaters August 5, 2016.