Over the weekend, SuperHeroHype had the opportunity to talk briefly with Greg Berlanti, the producer and co-writer of Green Lantern. During the conversation, Berlanti discussed progress on the long-awaited script for The Flash, as well as some information about a treatment for the Green Lantern sequel.
On the Green Lantern 2 treatment, Berlanti said that he is working on it with his previous writing partners from the first film, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. In discussing The Flash, Berlanti explained how the script turned out to be a little bit darker than they originally expected, saying that Barry Allen’s work as a crime scene investigator factored into the script’s tone.
For more information on the darker tone of The Flash, check out the full quote below. For the whole interview, head over to SuperHeroHype.
Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened. I think it’s tonally somewhere in between ‘GL’ and ‘Dark Knight.’ It’s actually a little bit darker than when we were working on (‘GL’), because you’re dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you’re working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about ‘Se7en’ or ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ as we construct that part of Barry’s world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.”
I’m a Batman guy, so I enjoy the Dark Knight comparison, but I don’t think that every superhero movies has to be “dark” in order to be effective. That being said, I like that Berlanti and the other writers are allowing Barry Allen’s character to dictate the direction of the script. With superhero movies, things can be fantastic and otherworldly, but they must ring true with the audience.
It sounds like they want to take some of the realities of Allen’s character, mainly the fact that he is a crime investigator, and use that as a way to anchor The Flash in a somewhat realistic world. It’s a smart move, because it allows them to introduce criminals and villains naturally and it predicates a need for Allen to become The Flash during the course of the movie.
The Flash is still probably a ways off (I was really hoping DC would make a major announcement about the film at Comic Con this year) but I’m in no rush. I’m more eager to see how Green Lantern fares with critics and audiences. If that film doesn’t live up to expectations, I’ll be worried about the rest of the DC movie properties.
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