As those who have seen the movie already know, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice offers several tantalizing teases for upcoming movies in the DC Extended Universe – not only by giving Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) a proper introduction, but also by offering a first glimpse of other Justice League members like The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).
Miller in particular faces perhaps a greater challenge than any of the DCEU’s other new stars, since he will inevitably end up facing comparisons to The CW’s popular The Flash TV show, which stars Grant Gustin in the title role. Moreover, since Barry Allen is established as already having superpowers by the time of Batman V Superman, and he won’t appear in his own solo movie until after the release of Justice League, it’s reasonably safe to assume that The Flash won’t be an origin story – at least, not primarily.
That leaves the question of what kind of movie The Flash will be, and DCEU producer Deborah Snyder has just offered a big hint. Speaking to Forbes about the upcoming collection of DC movies, Snyder revealed that The Flash will feature Cyborg in what sounds like a pretty substantial role:
“As you can imagine, when we get to the Flash movie, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher — who plays Cyborg — are kind of our youngest characters, and they have a really nice camaraderie with each other. Ezra is super funny, so the tone of that film will be very different than the rest of them.”
“Funny” has seemingly been the watchword at Warner Bros. since many of Batman V Superman‘s reviews criticized the movie for being too dark; in fact, this year’s supervillain team-up Suicide Squad is rumored to be undergoing reshoots that will provide some lighter material for the final edit. Miller got a chance to demonstrate his comedy chops in last year’s raunchy romantic comedy Trainwreck, but he is perhaps better known for his role in the grim drama We Need To Talk About Kevin. He also starred in 2012 coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Fisher, meanwhile, is something of an unknown quantity, since Cyborg is his first feature film role.
Snyder also re-emphasized that Warner Bros. is a “director-driven company” and that “it’s all about the director’s point of view and what they can bring to it.” The Flash is being written and directed by Seth Grahame-Smith, who has never directed a feature film before but did write the genre mash-up novels Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both of which have been adapted for the screen.
Of course, Snyder’s comment shouldn’t necessarily be taken to mean that The Flash will be a team-up movie in which Cyborg plays a huge role. In fact, knowing how easily interview quotes can take on a different context when written down, there’s a possibility that she was only talking about Miller and Fisher’s chemistry as an aside, and that Fisher won’t appear in Miller’s movie at all. But given the interconnected nature of these movies, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the various Justice League members making appearances in each other’s movies.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
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