For better or worse, both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ fledgling DC Extended Universe have established specific tones with their respective films. Marvel takes a more lighthearted approach, with an emphasis on fun action and humor, while the DCEU leans a bit darker.
Director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” laid a foundation in 2013 with its muted palette and somber mood, which, despite criticisms, carried over into 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The third film in the superhero line, “Suicide Squad,” injected a little humor into that environment, with mixed results. Marvel’s formula, which dates back to 2008’s “Iron Man,” has carried the studio to success for nearly a decade, inspiring imitators along the way.
But what if Marvel had gone the Warner Bros. route? That’s the question this fan-made trailer attempts to address. Someone cleverly took Marvel’s most colorful release to date, 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and gave it the DCEU treatment. Replacing the rock songs with an ominous score while highlighting the film’s darker moments, the trailer delivers a decidedly different “Guardians.”
Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The film opens May 5.