Ever since the superhero film game has soared to unimaginable heights, the focus typically turns to the differences between the two monster properties of D.C. and Marvel. In general, Marvel films have a steady balance of blending action, grit and comedy, while D.C.'s films are usually much more grounded, with little-to-no humor. Now, we may have just found out that this is a very deliberate move on D.C.'s part.
According to HitFix, as reportedly confirmed by five different sources, there is a very simple and direct model that D.C. follows when adapting their films. "No Jokes."
When you think about it, the only film of theirs that had a steady flow of jokes in it was "Green Lantern", and that film has been majorly regarded as being a big miss for WB. Was that the film that put them over the edge in adopting this "No Jokes" policy?
Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy was definitely dark and realistic in tone with no real comedy. Witty moments of dialogue, sure, but no real jokes or nods to the audience. Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" was the same way and I would imagine his upcoming "Batman V. Superman" will mirror the same tone. So it's not far-fetched to believe that this could be their simple mandate moving forward, in order to expand their film universe.
That would indeed make it feel very separate from Marvel, which has absolutely perfected the balance of drama and comedy. But is this the right route to have such a firm rule in place instead of adhering to the identity of the character they are bringing to life and using comedy as a way to reach your audience faster? After all, how do you do a Flash movie without humor? It doesn't need to be slapstick or corny to be humorous.
As much as we would all like to be superheroes, most of us are sadly merely mortals. Some of the things we see in these films are pretty far-fetched, however brilliant they are, and comedy is a way to keep a film feeling more self-aware and tangible.
I think the goal of any studio should be to make a fantastic film and do these beloved characters justice. This "No Jokes" policy certainly creates a restraint if comedy were to help illuminate a scene. Or is this notion bogus, the sources incorrect and the studio would never issue a sanction like this?
D.C. does have four solid films to date and they are majorly trying to step up their superhero film game. As silly as this new addendum may seem to some, if it is even true, I think our desire for them to bring more of this content to life, will allow us to give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they come up with.
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