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Week in Review: ‘No Jokes’ in DC movies

29 August 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We can debate all day which comic book hero is cooler: DC or Marvel? Superman or Spiderman? Justice League or The Avengers? Batman or anyone who isn’t cool enough to be Batman? But it’s no question that Marvel has a serious leg-up on DC in the movie business.

Outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC has had a harder time making their characters stick and is even behind the ball in planning their lineup of films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of last year, but it was forgotten as a dour, colorless, over-important mess as soon as it arrived. And yet this model may be the template DC is pursuing with all their future projects.

Drew McWeeny at Hitfix wrote a column saying that he’s heard numerous rumblings from Warner Bros. insiders that the policy for all their »

- Brian Welk

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What a “No Jokes” DC Comics Movie Universe Would Look Like

29 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

You may have heard that Warner Bros. has introduced a new policy to their future DC Comics universe, summed up in two simple words (that, we assumed, were delivered while yelling and slamming one’s hand on a table): “No Jokes.” That’s what Drew McWeeny says, over at Hitfix. Warner and DC are looking at the success of stuff like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, and the abysmal failure of Ryan Reynolds’ goofy Green Lantern, and making an executive decision. Two rights + one wrong = stop that laughing. From now on, all future DC Comics movies will be grim and dark and gritty and gritty and serious and dark: watching any future DC film will be like chewing a mouthful of gravel while your dad says you were an accident that he never loved. You may have then heard a few other sources call foul on this report. Forbes »

- Adam Bellotto

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No Jokes Allowed In "Batman v Superman"?

27 August 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

If you thought "Man of Steel" was a bit dour and lacking a sense of humor, it turns out there may have been a reason for that.

Hitfix has reported that according to multiple sources, there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development. That mandate is just two simple, direct words: "No jokes."

Wrtier Drew McWeeny says: "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'." Others have since weighed in and claim their sources have heard the same.

In comics form, DC has generally been seen as the serious, grim brother to Marvel's more unabashedly fun personality - a trait that has carried over to the movies with films like "The Dark Knight »

- Garth Franklin

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20 hilarious Justice League jokes proving Warner Bros. 'No Jokes' Rule is a tragedy

27 August 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday my co-worker Drew McWeeny dropped a piece of breaking news about the DC Cinematic Universe. Somewhere from high on the chain of command, the ruling has been handed down: no joking around. The news was met with consternation at best and flat out nerd rage at worst. Why!? Why no jokes? Does this mean no humor at all? If "Man Of Steel" is the mold from which all DC properties are to be created from, then yes. Fans can look forward to a dire, nihilistic cinematic universe where primary colors and child fans need not apply. But it doesn't have to be this way! Warner Bros. I beseech you. Take a page from the DC Animated Universe. Humor is so intertwined in the TV shows and straight-to-dvd movies without sacrificing the integrity of the characters. Don't give us a movie franchise fit only for melancholy college philosophers and downtrodden »

- Donna Dickens

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Marvelous DA7E 60: No Joke, Batman Is Funny

27 August 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome To Issue 60!

If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers. Also it has jokes, sorry Warner Bros.

This Week: Donald Glover finally gets to be Spider-Man, then I don’t know who at DC to talk to about setting “no joke” policies. But I want to make two things clear right from the start: I want the Dcu to succeed because I want to see these movies, and I’m easily excitable when it comes to these things.

Thanks for being so patient while I uprooted my Brooklyn life of 11 years and hauled all my crap back to Colorado last week. There’s something about paying to ship all your Spider-Man toys to another state while you’re throwing away baby pictures of yourself »

- Da7e

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Warner Bros./DC's "No Jokes" Rule Is Ill-Considered and Dumb

27 August 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Drew McWeeny at HitFix is reporting that no fewer than five sources have told him that Warner Bros. has a strict “No jokes” rule for all DC superhero movies in development. McWeeny posits that the rule is likely a reaction to the failure of Green Lantern, a terrible movie that was chock-full of jokes. It seems likely that the huge success of the very, very serious Dark Knight Trilogy also played a role in the formulation of the No Jokes rule, but I think they have learned the wrong lesson from their failures and successes. 

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy took itself very seriously, exploring fear and pain and chaos. Batman Begins was an exciting departure from the lighter, brighter superhero movies we were used to, and the sequels plunged us even deeper into the darkness. The Dark Knight was probably the best, most important superhero movie that has ever been made, »

- Mily Dunbar

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Rumor: Warner Bros. Pushing Hard Against Humor in DC Comics Films

27 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme. HitFix hypothesizes this attitude might have something to do with the failure of Green Lantern, a superhero film that tried to incorporate a decent amount of humor into the mix. But that train of thought seems too basic, mostly because the balance of humor and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Do DC Comics Movies Have A 'No Jokes' Policy?

27 August 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Marvel movies rely on their humor, and their cavalier attitude. Man of Steel, as a counterbalance, did not. Star-Lord, Chris Pratt's Guardians of the Galaxy hero, cracks jokes. In Christopher Nolan.s world, Bane cracked Batman.s spine. It.s not an easy divide between Marvel and DC movies to say that one side drifts toward light while the other embraces the shadows. Step back and look at the big picture, though, and this appears to be one crucial way to categorize the cinematic universes that are developing on screen between the rival studios. Now, one interesting report says that this is by design. Drew McWeeny at HitFix writes an engaging column about the alleged "No jokes" policy that is in place at Warner Bros. as the studio builds its DC universe off of the success of Zack Snyder.s Man of Steel. This is an important time for »

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No Joking Allowed in DC Comics Movies?

27 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Guess Batman doesn't have a sense of humor.

Talk is floating around various movie sites that Warner Bros. has essentially banned humor from its DC Comics movies.

HitFix's Drew McWeeny writes, "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.'"

Devin Faraci at Badass Digest has heard the same thing from his Warner Bros. sources. " I don't think we'll never get a joke in a DC movie, but I do think the tone of 'Man of Steel' is probably the tone of the rest of the films," he writes. "Serious, convinced it's deep, allowed to contain elements that are perhaps chuckle-worthy at best."

Certainly, DC-based movies have been much more somber in tone than Marvel ones. There's no DC equivalent to Robert Downey, »

- Kelly Woo

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No Humour Allowed In The DC Comics Movies?

27 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Considering how dark and gritty Warner Bros. have been steering the DC Comics movies as of late, the latest rumour to come out of their growing DC Cinematic universe proves to be quite believable. According to Drew McWeeny of HitFix, there is a mandate doing the rounds at Warner Bros. concerning their DC characters: "No jokes". It seems after Green Lantern fell flat, a darker and edgier approach is what is needed moving forward. Well, there was quite a few problems with Green Lantern, editing, pacing, script, but the lighter tone wasn't one of them. But if a more realistic and darker tone is where this universe is heading, as evidenced by Man of Steel, we can't really argue. Warner Bros. have their plan set in concrete it would seem, but if this all proves to be true, is a superhero universe devoid of humour the way to go? Sure, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Required Reading: Manipulating Movies and Why Women Can’t Be Funny

27 August 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained” — Greg Miller at Wired looks at vision science and the randomness of car crashes that you can’t fake. “Interview: Harvard Business School Professor Anita Elberse on What Hollywood’s Love of Blockbusters Means for the Rest of Us” — Erika Olsen at RogerEbert.com presents great news for people who love semi-bad news. “I think it’s hard to deny that it creates significant challenges for independent studios and others who seek to produce and market films that are truly original. In an industry in which studios seek to make big bets on the most likely winners, and those titles are picked for having some resemblance to past winners (be it that they are based on a book that was once successful, or »

- Scott Beggs

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Rumor: Warner Bros. Enforces 'No Jokes' Policy To DC Comics Movies

27 August 2014 12:03 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There’s a rumor going around that Warner Bros. doesn’t want you laughing when you watch Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016, or any of their DC Comics movies for that matter.

According to HitFix’s Drew McWeeney, and a few other writers around the web, the studio implemented a rule that's to set the tone for all of their superhero movies: “No Jokes.” (What?!)

In an in-depth (and very enlightening) article, McWeeney suggests that Warner Bros. wants Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and so on to be taken super seriously. While no one linked to the productions have admitted any of this, anyone who's seen Man of Steel can surely say that it's not much of a comedy. And this isn't exactly Warner Bros. fault because as McWeeney writes, "DC treats their superhero characters more like gods," whereas Marvel, the opposition, has characters that are more human-like and flawed. »

- Laura Frances

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

26 August 2014 8:07 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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. »

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 6 - HitFix Picks

25 August 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 6 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon starts with "The Simpsons Bible Stories" and carries through "Children of a Lesser Clod," going from Episode 221 through Episode 268. Again, we're not in the Golden Age anymore, but that doesn't mean that there aren't great episodes kicking around in here. We have seven top-notch recommendations and that doesn't even include the crayon-in-the-brain favorite "Homr" or the toad-licking "Save me Jeebus!" fun of "Missionary: Impossible." Actually, "Missionary: Impossible" should definitely be here, but I'd already saluted two favorites and nobody else wanted to call it. Oh well. Check out our recommendations for Day 6 and chime in with your own favorites... Daniel Fienberg Recommends: "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner" (4 a.m.) Episode #229 Why It's a Classic: I think there was a universality to the first 10-plus seasons of "The Simpsons" that maybe has lapsed a tiny bit in recent years, but when it comes to specificity, »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Katie Hasty

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 5 - HitFix Picks

24 August 2014 8:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] When folks complain that "The Simpsons" hasn't been good for 15 years, we normally mock them, but as we hit Day 5 of FX's Every Simpsons Marathon, even we have to admit that there is a small shift in quality. There are still great episodes in this period, which goes from "The Canine Mutiny" through "Maximum Homerdrive," but a couple of our intrepid recommenders only took one episode apiece for this period. And we have a trio of "skippable" episodes at the end of the article. Expect the ratio of classic-to-skippable episodes to even out in the last week of the Marathon. And some of the episodes in this period are kinda polarizing. Dave Lewis made "Homer's Enemy" one of this recommendations (and I'd be inclined to agree), but Frank Grimes hater Alan Sepinwall would have written a counterpoint had he had the time. Check out our recommendations for Day »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 4 - HitFix Picks

23 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 4 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top. How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'" How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns. And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 3 - HitFix Picks

22 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 2 - HitFix Picks

21 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Picking episodes for Day 1 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon was relatively easy. Yes, "The Simpsons" was quite fine right off the bat and it only improved as the show moved into its second season, but the fans here at HitFix were able to cobble together a clear list of favorites without any hugely disappointing exclusions. Day 2 was far more difficult. We have five participants picking episodes here and we each snagged two favorites for the day, which stretches from "Bart's Dog Gets an F" through to "Last Exit to Springfield," or from Episode 29 through Episode 76.  I think we represented many of the best episodes from this fertile early period, but if I had been about to select four or five, I could have easily done it.  My greatest regret is that we didn't have room for "Selma's Choice," which has possibly my favorite opening of the entire series -- »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis

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Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 1 - HitFix Picks

20 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Thursday (August 21) morning at 10 a.m. Et, Fxx is going to begin its Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, a showcase for 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." That's a lot of episodes and if you're a "Simpsons" neophyte, you may be intimidated by the sheer avalanche of yellow-tinged animation.  Fortunately, we're here to help. The individual fans on Team HitFix are weighing in on one or two episodes per day until even we may collapse under the avalanche of comedic greatness. And, since we know that nobody can watch 48 episodes per day and remain sane, we'll also recommend an episode or two that you might be able to skip each day if you need to shower, take a quick nap or show love to members of your family.  Check out our recommendations and chime in with your own favorites... Day One of the marathon begins with "Simpsons Roasting »

- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis

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Another Sign Warner Bros. Doesn’t Know What They’re Doing with Their Superheroes

13 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Warners has hired competing screenwriters for their post-Dawn of Justice Aquaman movie. That’s super crappy for the writers (and really all writers), but it’s also another sign that the studio hasn’t planned out their break-neck push into connected superhero universes beyond cameo (and subplot) introductions for a shotgun blast of potential Justice League members in a movie supposedly focused on Batman and Superman. Drew McWeeny compared the process to a reality show (picture an anthropomorphic script doing a rose-less walk of shame), and I agree 100%. While far from conclusive, the method points to another shaky element of Warners’ planning. Specifically, that they have no firm planning. Meanwhile, they’re pointing their bat to the bleachers. To be fair, while they’ve hired differently-skilled (yet pulpy) writers in Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300), it’s unlikely that their personal styles will stray too far from each other. The »

- Scott Beggs

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