When news started to trickle out from various sources that Warner Bros. was possibly dumping millions of dollars into Suicide Squad reshoots because the movie just wasn't "fun" enough, everyone immediately flexed their speculation muscles. Had the critical disses of Batman v Superman taken their toll? Did the R-rated success of rival Deadpool have Warner Bros. contemplating a change in tone? According to Squad member Jai Courtney, the answer is actually none of the above.
"Is that the word?" Courtney told Entertainment Tonight's Ashley Crossan on Wednesday when confronted about the allegedly fun-seeking reshoots. However, Courtney cautions, fans shouldn't always believe what they read. "I think there's plenty of that in it," the actor, who plays Boomerang in the David Ayer film, said of the alleged lack of fun. "I wouldn't say we're going back to make it funnier. There's some additional action stuff that we've been doing, which is pretty dope. Really we're just kind of adding in that sense."
To be fair, Courtney doesn't outright deny that jokes and general fun are being added to the film, though his "pretty dope" assessment of the fresh action sequences does indeed sound promising. Judging by the trailer, the task of squeezing in even more "pretty dope" action seems like quite an undertaking:
Initial rumors of the Squad reshoots claimed the film's well-received first trailer contained "every joke in the movie," Birth Movies Death reported. In an effort to "alter the tone" of Suicide Squad to better fit what audiences liked so much about that trailer, Warner Bros. reportedly started plotting reshoots that would ultimately set them back "tens of millions of dollars." Jai Courtney's words on the matter, though not the first confirmation of the crew's return to production, at least adds a bit of clarification regarding the studio's true motives behind the pricey reshoots.