Warner Bros. Reportedly Has A No Jokes Policy With Batman V. Superman And Other DC Comics Movies 32

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No Joke Policy

Don’t expect to laugh much during Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to a report on the movie news site HitFix, Warner Bros. has a “no jokes” policy when it comes to DC Comics movies. They’ve reportedly heard this mandate from five different sources.

Given the success that Marvel Studios has had incorporating humor into their films, why would Warner Bros. elect to go with such a humorless policy. Well, apparently the reason can be summed up in two words: Green Lantern.

Warner Bros. tried to incorporate a lot of humor into Green Lantern, but the humor often came across as forced, and the film didn’t live up to expectations at the box office. It’s not hard to see why Warner Bros. could be leery of comedy after Green Lantern failed to connect with audiences.

If you think about it, too many forced attempts at comedy was a large part of what killed the Batman franchise the first time around as well. However, laying down an edict of no comedy at all seems a little bit silly.

What if Warner Bros. wants to re-introduce The Joker? How would they do that with a “no joke” policy? Also, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known for incorporating a dash of humor into his films. Should there really be no jokes in a Shazam movie? It would also be hard to imagine a humorless Plastic Man or Metal Men movie if Warner Bros. decided to one day develop those characters as movie franchises.

Hopefully the “no joke” report isn’t as literal as it sounds. Maybe, it just means that Warner Bros. has learned their lesson about going overboard in the joke department. An occasional joke that fits into the tone of the film and isn’t forced can work quite well, as Marvel Studios has proved.

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  1. DSniner

    Green Lantern didn't bomb because it had humor in it,it bombed because it was a very badly written(with or without humor) movie.The movie had no focus,was all over the place and should of concentrated on one villain(Sinestro).It was simply a mess of a movie.And coming from someone(me)who has been a huge Green Lantern fan since childhood,this character deserved better treatment that what we were given.

  2. MaxB

    DSniner said ... (original post)

    Green Lantern didn't bomb because it had humor in it,it bombed because it was a very badly written(with or without humor) movie.The movie had no focus,was all over the place and should of concentrated on one villain(Sinestro).It was simply a mess of a movie.And coming from someone(me)who has been a huge Green Lantern fan since childhood,this character deserved better treatment that what we were given.

    agreed, and with the Flash and shazam, i mean, thoses guys a packed with humors, it just wouldnt be doing justice to the characters (no pun intended)

  3. brink

    This is stupid, Man of Steel was overly serious so I'm worried about this. Humour shouldn't be forced nor banned, they have an Academy-award writer on Batman v Superman who won for Argo, which had a good sense of humour, though the film was overrated.

    So Warner Bros. the answer is...

    HIRE

    BETTER

    WRITERS

  4. Marlon

    sounds ridiculous, but then again, the bits of humor they tried to work into the TDK trilogy came off as pretty forced & unnatural, so it may not be a bad idea. hopefully it means they'll lay off Joker for a while. focus on some other villain for once!

  5. SAMURAI36

    MaxB said ... (original post)

    agreed, and with the Flash and shazam, i mean, thoses guys a packed with humors, it just wouldnt be doing justice to the characters (no pun intended)

    You obviously have not been reading the New 52 as of late. Neither of those characters are particularly humorous.

    Shazam is now a sarcastic kid, and Flash (Barry), while lighthearted, is pretty Pollyanna.

  6. tyelrman

    if your such a big green lantern fan you would know that sinestro was not the villian in that movie paralax was

  7. DSniner

    tyelrman said ... (original post)

    if your such a big green lantern fan you would know that sinestro was not the villian in that movie paralax was

    Yeah,I know Sinestro wasn't the villain in the movie but SHOULD have been,not Parallax or Hammond.They SHOULD of focused on Sinestro going bad and creating the Sinestro Corps.Would have made a better movie than the turkey they gave us.Parallax should have been slowly introduced like Marvel's Thanos and be the main villain in Green Lantern 3.Plus he should look similar to the picture I posted below rather than a giant black cloud with a head.

  8. SAMURAI36

    DSniner said ... (original post)

    Yeah,I know Sinestro wasn't the villain in the movie but SHOULD have been,not Parallax or Hammond.They SHOULD of focused on Sinestro going bad and creating the Sinestro Corps.Would have made a better movie than the turkey they gave us.Parallax should have been slowly introduced like Marvel's Thanos and be the main villain in Green Lantern 3.Plus he should look similar to the picture I posted below rather than a giant black cloud with a head.

    Again with the Marvel comparisons. Thanos thus far is nothig more than a Space Gangster that has yet to prove his worth after 2 movies.

    As far as the GL movie goes, I definitely think they should've gone the route of establishing Blackest Night.

    But I still thought the film was fun nonetheless.

  9. DSniner

    SAMURAI36 said ... (original post)

    Again with the Marvel comparisons. Thanos thus far is nothig more than a Space Gangster that has yet to prove his worth after 2 movies.

    As far as the GL movie goes, I definitely think they should've gone the route of establishing Blackest Night.

    But I still thought the film was fun nonetheless.

    Was only making a point with Thanos.

    And yeah,Blackest Night would have been a fantastic idea to established in the movie.

  10. The best thing about that movie was Sinestro. Mark Strong nailed it! Imagine what he could have done with a good script. 

  11. Marlon said ... (original post)

    sounds ridiculous, but then again, the bits of humor they tried to work into the TDK trilogy came off as pretty forced & unnatural, so it may not be a bad idea. hopefully it means they'll lay off Joker for a while. focus on some other villain for once!

    Thank you!

  12. Kgbuller

    The over-arching joke here is DC,...a company who once effectively dominated the comic industry.  Marvel has been a relentless juggernaut and DC has been trying to mirror thier success by seemingly doing everything in opposite. Changing costumes, changing personalities, changing origins, essentially, changing canon to make it all just right,...to find that magic formula. It's almost as though DC is embarrassed about their properties, and don't trust what has been proven to work in the past.  

  13. Nova

    Meanwhile, the Warner Brother Batman movies that feature the Joker were the most successful of the franchise (critically and finanacially).

  14. Stevie

    This was clearly a Flame-bait article from HitFlix and it worked.

  15. Fantastic news.

    BTW, Dark Knight is a dark movie, hardly a comedy, and that had no trouble incorporating the Joker and his brand of humor. There's no reason why this rule would prevent any future reintroduction.

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  16. Nendur

    You have got to be the only person that did not like Guardians.  I have yet to meet someone who didn't like it.   Most love it.

  17. DC shouldn't take itself so seriously. Marvel movies have Action, Drama and Humor and more importantly, They are huge blockbusters. It's OK to laugh- Just ask he Joker.

  18. Why does everyone have to make everything about movies? Movies are not the comic book industry. Marvel isn't dominating everything. DC still has more top-selling monthly issues. The top 20 in terms of sales for June includes 12 DC issues to 5 Marvel issues. DC owns the video game market with the Arkham series and other games like Injustice and DCUO, Marvel doesn't even come close to DC's animated features, and DC has a better selection of toys and collectibles. DC also does better in television. That might even out soon, but so will the movie side of things once DC starts rolling theirs out to the cinemas. Too many haters these days. I'm a DC fan but that in no way stops me from enjoying Marvel. It's a shame that people are so blind and hateful to one or the other when both are great. 

  19. patmorais

    The reason everyone has to make everything about the movies is because all that other stuff combined measures up to a fraction of a blockbuster movie's earnings. 

  20. What really happened: *Snyder shows cool action scene to WB execs.* WB Exec: "Oh my god. That's awesome. This movie is gonna be no joke." *FixHits Guy listening at door* FixHits Guy: "WB just said no jokes in their films.

  21. fedvasu

    You are doing this to tarnish this movie's name and are afraid of build up and you are paid lots of $ by Marvel Studios. There is no other reason anyone would do this kind of shit, stop being such a cumdrinker, you asshole!

  22. SuperZilla

    Kgbuller said ... (original post)

    The over-arching joke here is DC,...a company who once effectively dominated the comic industry.  Marvel has been a relentless juggernaut and DC has been trying to mirror thier success by seemingly doing everything in opposite. Changing costumes, changing personalities, changing origins, essentially, changing canon to make it all just right,...to find that magic formula. It's almost as though DC is embarrassed about their properties, and don't trust what has been proven to work in the past.  

    Well you're wrong a few points.

    1. Marvel HAS changed costumes.

    2. They've changed personality. (Humorous Tony Stark)

    3. Marvel hasn't changed origins? Have you seen the villains of the Iron Man films?

    4. Neither studios have followed canon at all.

  23. SuperZilla

    I don't think this means no humor at all. It probably means there will be a few quips here and there but it won't be a flat out comedy. DC Comics have always been a lot more serious and Marvel has been humorous.

    I'm fine with comedy in superhero films unless it's to the level of Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, where I can't anything serious anymore.

  24. Nebula

    Huh? Didn't look forced to me... & I've watched it about 500 times!

  25. Alex

    SuperZilla said ... (original post)

    I don't think this means no humor at all. It probably means there will be a few quips here and there but it won't be a flat out comedy. DC Comics have always been a lot more serious and Marvel has been humorous.

    I'm fine with comedy in superhero films unless it's to the level of Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, where I can't anything serious anymore.

    exactly, I think that thats what they're saying. Childish jokes have no place in the more mature DCCU.