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Did you find yourself not laughing at all during Man of Steel? Granted, there were a few jokes here and there, but there is a reason why the Superman film was so serious, compared to the humorous tone Marvel movies have. Warner Bros. and DC Comics have reportedly mandated that their movies do not have jokes in them.
According to a report from HitFix, the “no jokes” policy is a gut reaction to Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern. The movie had a lot of jokes in it, but was a flop, “only” grossing $219 million worldwide on a $200 million budget. DC and Warner Bros. have decided to do away with jokes, especially since Christopher Nolan’s super-serious Dark Knight movies were smash hits.
While HitFix’s Drew McWeeny stressed that none of his sources directly connected Green Lantern’s failure with the “no jokes” policy, it is pretty easy to connect the dots ourselves.
Man of Steel was noticeably more serious than the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and, since director Zach Snyder seems to be the current overlord of DC movies, that tone will continue.
If this report is true and that Warner Bros. has already told writers to cut the laughter, than the studio has already shot itself in the foot. Yes, an overreliance on humor can be a killer, but you have to have a sense of humor in superhero movies that don’t involve Batman. There has to be some comic relief somewhere or audiences will get bored and feel unengaged. If an audience has something to laugh at, they pay attention. If an audience knows that they are in for two hours of brooding and destruction, they will leave.
It certainly will be curious to see if there is any humor at all in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice when it opens on March 25, 2016.
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