Why We Should Not Worry About Suicide Squad Reshoots

Reports have suggested that Suicide Squad is undergoing pretty extensive reshoots… but we want to tell you why you shouldn’t be worried! 

Suicide Squad, which is the next film in the DCEU, is set to go under some pretty extensive reshoots according to Birth.Movies.Death, and to the tune of millions according to others. This is being taken as a post-Batman v Superman reaction in order to add more fun to Suicide Squad in comparison to the doom, gloom and dark (…seid?) of its predecessor.

According to the B.M.D report, the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer pretty much blew the Suicide Squad‘s entire load of humour all in one go; and as such they need to head back into the studio to add some more wisecracks, jokes and sarcasm to lighten things up as it was allegedly set to be just as dark as BvS. This would mean that the trailer was a MASSIVE mislead if true. While it is hard to believe that a movie like Suicide Squad would use up all its jokes in one trailer, we would not be surprised after the WB Marketing Dept. gave us the entire BvS plot in one trailer too, and again made it look lighter than it was.

But… and this is a big BUT(T)…

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Hey. Pay attention…

Reshoots are perfectly normal in the world of Hollywood. Crews go through weeks of principal photography with that footage then heading to post-production. This footage is then picked through with a fine tooth comb in order to get a cut of the movie that meets both the film-maker and studio’s vision. Sometimes when the early cut is put together and shown to shareholders or focus groups there may be scenes that didn’t work right, need improvement or sometimes things need to be added to give more context or clarity. This is all in order to end up with the best cut of the movie possible for audiences. The majority of Marvel movies undergo between three days to two weeks of reshoots… but we don’t have that made such big news, do we? Kevin Feige explains it quite well:

“I’m reading the part in Jedi where George (Lucas) is finding the movie in the cut. It happened in Empire, and it happened in Star Wars. You’ve heard about those famous early screenings where people were like, ‘Poor George. His career is over.’ That brings great solace to me when we screen our movies for the first time and they’re terrible and they’re a big mess. I remind myself to get calm and proceed. Post is my favorite part, because it’s easiest to find what’s wrong with the movie when you’re watching the movie.”

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“We always build in two weeks because the hardest thing about the additional photography is the actors’ schedules, wrangling the actors. So we just build it in. We’ve done some movies that have three days of reshoots, some that have fifteen days, twenty days if not more.”

“Additional photography is invaluable. Sometimes it’s to fix something that’s not working, but most of the time on our movies it’s two-fold: sometimes a better or more exciting idea will come along, or more often something will come out of the movie – because it’s too long or the movie is stronger without a particular beat or scene or shot, and you need connective tissue.”

Therefore, we should be treating Suicide Squad reshoots as a positive and not a negative. Whether it was in reaction to Batman v Superman or not, David Ayers & Co. obviously felt something was not working out the way they envisioned  and it needs to be rectified. This can only be a good thing for us, the audience. Ant-Man went through reshoots, Age of Ultron and even Civil War recently had the cast revisit the set, this is so very normal for big budget movies. Although, we won’t mention the Fant4stic reshoots…

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So, if Suicide Squad is undergoing such strict reshoots as is reported, we should treat it as a positive thing and not the death knell of the movie. Warner Bros. may well have taken the criticisms of BvS aboard and wish to fix things for fans, or perhaps they are undergoing the standard reshoots as most films do and it has been blown out of proportions. Sadly, we will probably never know but one thing is for sure, we are now possibly looking at a better Suicide Squad movie than ever…. Hopefully. *Shudders at the Josh Trank-less Fant4stic reshoots*.

Suicide Squad is released August 5th.

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