As if the DC Cinematic Universe didn’t have enough hurdles to cross and roadblocks in their way, they just got one more. According to a report on Hitfix, Warner Bros has made a strict “no jokes” policy for all upcoming films in production for the DC Cinematic Universe. That’s right! The company that gave us AMAZING one liners and freeze-puns in Batman & Robin is now saying “No jokes”. Not even one.
First they want to make a team up movie and then release intro films. Now they want to make films where humor doesn’t exist. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this is a blatant attempt to be the exact opposite of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe plan?
Comicbook films in and of themselves shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. Yes, they can be dark to be more realistic; but all dark isn’t realistic either. Marvel has had a fair balance of both this year with the powerful Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and the hilarious Guardians of the Galaxy. Each while being overall serious and joking respectively; had ample examples of the other.
To quote the Joker in The Dark Knight, “Why so serious?”. I’m not saying movies that are all serious can’t do well in the theaters. The Dark Knight is actually a perfect example of that; but look at the past two Superman films. Seriously, Superman – the boy scout of the DC Universe – killed his opponent and decimated half a city in Man of Steel. Both are significantly darker than the originals and suffered a lot of criticism for it. In the past few years, DC has only tried one film that was even remotely humorous, Green Lantern – and we all know how that one ended.
In the end, Warner Bros and DC have to realize that all serious movies ARE NOT The Dark Knight; and that all joking movies aren’t Batman & Robin. I want to see DC eventually succeed at something film related; but they just keep making it harder than it needs to be.
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