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

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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28 Comments

    • DSniner
    • 1146 Posts in 15 Months

    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.

    • MaxB
    • 97 Posts in 13 Months

    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)

    • brink
    • 1 Posts in 12 Months

    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

    • Marlon
    • 1 Posts in 12 Months

    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!

    • tyelrman
    • 1 Posts in 12 Months

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

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