Does WB Have A "No Jokes" Policy With Their DC Comic Book Movies?

Does WB Have A "No Jokes" Policy With Their DC Comic Book Movies?

No, I'm not kidding. Drew McWeeny of Hit Fix has heard on multiple occasions that Warner Bros. has implemented a "No Jokes" policy with their comic book movies. Check it out.

Drew McWeeny of Hit Fix has posted a new and intriguing article today. He has heard on multiple occasions that Warner Bros. has applied a "No Jokes" policy when it comes to their upcoming slate of DC comic book movies.
Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.
"No jokes." - Drew McWeeny

Just because he has heard of this mandate multiple times doesn't mean Drew believes it is the studios policy. As Drew points out, humor can be a great way to alleviate the tension of a scene as well as allowing for the suspension of disbelief, which is usually required to some degree in a comic book movie. He believes the culprit behind this possible edict is Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern. It was filled with cheesy one-liners and Reynolds' non-stop quips.

Personally, If this policy is in fact real I would assume Warner Bros. is using it as a way to differentiate its comic book movies from Marvel's. Marvel has made it a point to stuff as many jokes as they can in their films. Heck, just look at Thor: The Dark World and their latest blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as examples of this. If WB wants to give their DC cinematic universe more of a serious tone I'm all for it. Though, Man of Steel could've used a bit of humor here and there to relieve the tension.

What do you think of this "No Jokes" policy?
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HAILHYDRA - 8/26/2014, 8:12 PM
People like to laugh. What's wrong with laughing?
EthanSmith1 - 8/26/2014, 8:14 PM
Best article ever.
BabyGroot - 8/26/2014, 8:15 PM
I'm sure it'll have a limited amount of humor. I just hope it isn't forced but comes naturally when the moment is appropriate. Nothing cringe-worthy, please.
mbembet - 8/26/2014, 8:15 PM
man of shit was a joke of a movie
staypuffed - 8/26/2014, 8:15 PM
People are going to be mad.
I like dark and serious, personally.
JoeMomma29 - 8/26/2014, 8:16 PM
LMAO!!!!!! I am not sure what is going to be funnier......the actual article or the comments that are going to be posted!
Sipprelle - 8/26/2014, 8:16 PM
Guess what? That completely negates this article >

When asked what he's doing there, he apparently replies, "I'm kind of a night person," and has a conversation with someone at the bar.
Supes17 - 8/26/2014, 8:16 PM
Even The Dark Knight trilogy had some jokes thrown in here and there
staypuffed - 8/26/2014, 8:17 PM
I hope that scene isn't actually in the movie. It sounds dumb.
EthanSmith1 - 8/26/2014, 8:18 PM
Wait, Drew Mc What?

Here comes McGee with the hilariously inappropriate pictures...
JoJo1982 - 8/26/2014, 8:18 PM
Here we go

*grabs some popcorn and a soda*
HAILHYDRA - 8/26/2014, 8:18 PM
"No jokes"........But wait a minute their going to include a little boy who turns into a Superman like dude by saying the word Shazam. That sounds like a joke to me right there.
JoeMomma29 - 8/26/2014, 8:18 PM
@ TheDirtyMexican

Sipprelle - 8/26/2014, 8:19 PM


suits animated GIF
HAILHYDRA - 8/26/2014, 8:20 PM
"No jokes" is why I can't bring myself to ever rewatch Man of Steel. I seriously tried the other day, but the first melodramatic flashback hit and I had to turn it off.
kevberg - 8/26/2014, 8:20 PM
Hey WB..Life is full of ups and downs, serious folks and smart asses...

Having a serious tone really saved the plot of the flying pile of dog crap that was TDKR right?

oh wait....

EthanSmith1 - 8/26/2014, 8:20 PM
Maybe he means that they aren't joking around when it comes to making their universe.

Or they mean there will be humor, but not one-liners like Marvel.
WhiteSAMURAI - 8/26/2014, 8:21 PM
I liked Man of Steel but lately I think DC has forgotten that comic book heroes were made to be fun originally.
Sipprelle - 8/26/2014, 8:21 PM
@staypuffed Yes, I also agree that hearing a scene description completely out of context would make it sound dumb.
blackandyellow - 8/26/2014, 8:21 PM
This guy's name is McWeeny? LMAO I'm sure he got his ass kicked a lot growing up.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/26/2014, 8:21 PM
Uh oh....

ALegendaryPanda - 8/26/2014, 8:22 PM
Yep, the idiots wasted no time showing up here!
HAILHYDRA - 8/26/2014, 8:22 PM
I'm really curious how they plan to do "Shazam" without cracking jokes. If they tried to Nolanize Shazam like they did Superman, it will make less than Sin City did this weekend.
ALmazing - 8/26/2014, 8:23 PM
Devin Faraci has been saying the same thing for a while.
kevberg - 8/26/2014, 8:23 PM
BTW, @HAIL HYDRA theres nothing wrong with SHAZAM...
Spidey91 - 8/26/2014, 8:24 PM
billionaires in bat costumes and flying laser-shooting aliens are serious business yo :P
MrCBM56 - 8/26/2014, 8:25 PM
Don't worry. The movies will be hilariously bad anyways. :)
Spooks - 8/26/2014, 8:25 PM
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/26/2014, 8:25 PM
"No Capes!"
Dingbat - 8/26/2014, 8:25 PM

People don't realize how much humor was in Batman Begins and TDK. Rises is really the only somber one of the franchise.

Those two movies did it perfectly but IMO Rises was a serious story that was better taken that way. It would be weird if Batman flew off with a nuclear bomb and said "I'm bringing the party to you" or suggested to Selena that they get schwarma right after she kills Bane.
HAILHYDRA - 8/26/2014, 8:26 PM
@kevberg,I didn't say there was. To each their own. But there's no way to do Shazam without comedy. And there's nothing short of completely changing the character that will convince me otherwise
YeezusWept - 8/26/2014, 8:27 PM
TheManFromMars - 8/26/2014, 8:27 PM
Lol "McWeeny"...
SageMode - 8/26/2014, 8:27 PM
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staypuffed - 8/26/2014, 8:28 PM
And I only watch most Marvel movies twice because after you hear the jokes and soak up the characters two times, they lose their amazingness, and become just solid. Oh, I just criticised Marvel!

The Dark Knight Rises was amazing.

*rolls eyes*
MrBlackJack - 8/26/2014, 8:28 PM
rockerdude22 - 8/26/2014, 8:29 PM
The amount of humor that should be in a CBM depends on the source material and its tone. A movie like GOTG required a good amount of humor because the run of the comics it was based on had a highly humorous tone. On the other hand, a movie like TDK shouldn't have too much humor to it, because the comics it drew its inspiration from had more of a dark and serious tone.
Spidey91 - 8/26/2014, 8:29 PM

what? TDKR had humor despite the tone.
MrCBM56 - 8/26/2014, 8:30 PM
Damn. Mexican took all the good ones haha
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