The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Warner Bros. film chief Greg Silverman on a broad range of topics related to the studio’s transition from one set of established franchises to an emerging set. Silverman addressed concerns that the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be “too dark,” raised by some in the wake of the film’s first trailer.
There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.
The last bit about humor contradicts previous reports of a “no jokes” policy applied to Warner’ production of DC Comic properties. Humor plays a vital role in even the darkest of tales, providing some relief from what would otherwise be a monotone experience.