As Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment begin piecing together the Flash solo movie for a March 2018 release, there’s one major hurdle that they’re going to have to clear. A well-received live action interpretation of the character currently exists on CW’s The Flash TV show – and since WB remains committed to keeping the films and television programs separate endeavors, potential writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith is tasked with making his version stand on its own.
Since both projects feature Barry Allen as the Flash (Ezra Miller will portray him in the movie), it means Grahame-Smith will have to get creative when it comes to differentiating his take on the Scarlet Speedster. And he may have found a way to do just that, thanks to a new costume for the superhero.
Den of Geek is reporting that in the Flash movie, Allen will be wearing a “tech-based” suit that resembles armor. The intention with this move is to avoid any comparisons to the TV costume, which has won over fans. There will still most likely be viewers debating over which version is “better,” but it is a smart idea to go in a completely different direction as opposed to trying to replicate what’s shown on the TV series.
It’s plausible that Allen’s outfit from the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game will serve as the basis for inspiration when designing the movie suit. That costume certainly has a distinct look that fits the rumored description of an armored look. A variation of this would also fit aesthetically into the DC Expanded Universe, as the costumes worn by Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice all look like they’d be suitable for military applications. Arguably, the Flash might look out of place with a different style of costume.
Another noteworthy element of the Den of Geek report is the claim that in the film, Allen will be a “tech geek,” meaning that he could design the suit himself as opposed to looking for outside help (which would be another key difference from the TV show). Given that Allen’s day job is a forensic scientist, it’s logical that he would be interested in developing bit of technology in his spare time, so this wouldn’t be a stark deviation from the spirit of the character. His prowess in the scientific field could be a useful trait as he fights alongside his fellow Justice League members, providing them with gadgets to gain an upper hand on their enemies.
What’s interesting is that this rumor seems to apply only to the Flash standalone movie, which hits theaters a few months after the first Justice League film premieres. It’s all but a given that Miller’s Flash will take part in the big team-up, so he could be wearing different duds in Justice League before upgrading to an armor-based costume in his own vehicle. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a superhero’s outfit received some changes between appearances, but it would be a curious decision on WB’s part to create two radically diverse outfits for movies that will be following each other in quick succession.
With the speculation about the costume coming out now (roughly three years from the film), a more likely scenario is that this armored costume will also be Allen’s outfit of choice in the Justice League film. Based on rumors, it appears as if he’s been operating as the Flash for some time during the events of Batman V Superman, indicating there’s a chance he’s already perfected his suit design when we first meet him in the DCEU. If WB’s intention is for there to be a clear divide between the TV series and the movies, it wouldn’t make sense to wait until the Flash solo film to update the costume.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Den of Geek