If there is one thing that separates the movies of Marvel Studios and DC Comics, it’s the tone. While Marvel has been able to juggle the dramatic and humor and give it some bubblegum pop, DC Comics’ films have been defined by their serious and gritty tone and monotone colors, this thanks in part to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Green Lantern tried to take a shot at showing DC Comic’s comedic side, but to no avail since the film tanked at the box office.
While not being funny isn’t a detriment to a film, it sure is nice to see a film try to lighten things up with some sort of humor. The Dark Knight trilogy had jokes, but let’s face it, they really didn’t do much for the film. And that’s okay, Nolan wasn’t exactly striving to have comedy in those films. And it looks like Warner Bros. wants to continue that mantra by not having any jokes in future DC Comics film adaptations.
A new report from HitFix says that Warner Bros. is doing away with comedy in DC movies, and is placing a mandate that will keep them as dark and gritty as Nolan’s films. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s the full statement from the site:
Last week was about the fifth time Iâ€™ve heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and itâ€™s very simple and direct and to the point.
Again, I’d like to think it is all about tone. What works for Marvel works for Marvel — and by that I mean having it colorful, funny, action-packed, and heartfelt — while what works for WB’s DC movies — and by that I mean dark, gritty, colorless, and serious — simply works for their kind of films. Yes there are moments of humor sprinkled throughout, but it doesn’t do much to change the tone. Instead it’s there to lighten the mood. That’s fine. But Warner Bros. is going in the wrong direction, which most likely means that they won’t be taking the same risks or gambles that Marvel Studios does. Which means we won’t see DC’s version of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Green Lantern was as close as audiences would get to seeing a DC version of Guardians of the Galaxy, but the jokes were flat, the script was awful, and there was a lack of balance in the film. And because of the Green Lantern flop, Warner Brothers doesn’t have the same confidence Marvel does to take huge risks. Instead they will continue to be the same dark and gritty film, which is fine, but cutting out the funny is the wrong way to go.