– by Seth McDonald

One of the biggest criticisms with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was that the film was simply too dark. The latest DC project, Justice League, recently headed into what fans hope are the last reshoots and final adjustments. Actor Joe Morton, who plays Cyborg’s father in the film, spoke with IGN on the nature of the reshoots.

“Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”

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Even though reshoots with large blockbuster films are more or less common place these days, it is never really something that fans want to hear about. However, it appears DC is trying to learn from the mistakes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It is looking more likely that Cyborg will now be the comic relief for the Justice league. One of the great elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that there are plenty of funny moments. Tony Stark is always good for a quip, and Spider-man comes in second to only Deadpool for being the chattiest superhero around.

We also can’t deny that Thor’s naivety as to the ways of Earth is a good source for comedy. Things have been quite different in the DC Extended Universe, specifically with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With a heavily brooding Batman, and a sort of ho-hum Superman, Batman’s butler Alfred was really the only character to provide any comedy. DC did change things up a bit in Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine made for a wonderful all around team, including comedically. However, is this really the right approach?

While the tone was often brought up regarding Batman v Superman, it was never the core reason why some disliked the film. It was only a symptom. Had the film actually a bit more focus, and had audiences cared more about the characters, they likely would not have cared about the tone of the movie. With this supposed focus on “tone,” is this proof that DC Films really has little idea what people actually had problems with? Should it be concerning that they are focusing on this, and does it mean they’re ignoring all the other problems by going for the low hanging fruit? That being said, it may just be something they’re doing for Cyborg’s character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since he’s a high schooler.

What are your thoughts on making Cyborg’s character tone a bit lighter? Let us know in the comments down below!

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