Warner Bros. has given moviegoers and DC Comics fans enough to discuss over the past few months, with Batman V Superman introducing as many as five Justice League superheroes, and Suicide Squad welcoming what seems like dozens of supervillains. However, the fate of a few projects remains a total uncertainty – no more notable than The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
While the speedster earns acclaim on The CW, all talk of the big screen version ceased once Warner Bros. made its initial casting announcement. That could be changing soon, with a new report claiming the studio is currently pursuing directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 22 Jump Street) to helm The Flash solo movie in 2018.
On the latest installment of SchmoesKnow‘s MeetTheMoviePress, TheWrap‘s Jeff Sneider touched on a few DC Comics movies which, for the time being, seem to still be in the early stages of development.
But on the Flash front, Warner Bros. is swinging for the fences:
“We’ve heard a bit of a tug of war going on between Warner Bros. and Sony, which would like the same two directors for one of its big franchise movies… If Warner Bros. wanted them for The Flash, and Sony wanted them for a Ghostbusters movie, which would Lord and Miller do?”
Some time has passed since the days of Lord and Miller being mentioned for nearly every major project in development (with the Russo Brothers holding that mantle at present). It would be an understatement to say the duo has a full schedule ahead of them – producing a Greatest American Hero reboot, along with writing and producing The LEGO Movie 2 and a Batman-focused spinoff – but currently lack a directing job in the near future.
It’s particularly interesting to hear that Lord & Miller may still be in talks with Sony about a role within their budding Ghostbusters universe. Word that the studio could rely on the pair’s proven comedic track record to reboot the series was one of the first signs of real progress, with Paul Feig handling the reboot, and the Russo Brothers developing a Channing Tatum-led companion. Having seemingly passed on the opportunity, the duo pointed to a much-needed break from blockbuster filmmaking as the cause.
If they were to change that stance, then there’s little doubt Sony would be the first studio banging on their door. But having taken The LEGO Movie (a premise written off by many) and delivered a commercial and critical hit that spawned multiple spinoffs for Warner Bros, it’s no surprise the studio is eager to sign them to yet another major property. Yet the idea of a comedic take on The Flash in Zack Snyder’s Justice League universe may be the biggest surprise.
It was screenwriter Marc Guggenheim who first implied that The Flash would take a darker turn (before Man of Steel showed a more serious superhero was DC’s preferred vision), describing his now years-old treatment as part thriller, part superhero story, and part sports movie. That story was constructed with the help of Greg Berlanti, and those influences can still be seen in the TV show that the duo would go on to executive produce.
With Lord & Miller now a desired creative team, it would seem that Warner Bros. is looking for a far more comedic slant. That’s not a surprise or risk in itself, since every animated Justice League has seen that it’s the team’s speedster who tends to bring the comic relief. Miller’s energy and charm have been somewhat overshadowed by a number of dramatic roles, but fans may get to see his lighter side showcased in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck this July.
Are you Flash fans happy to hear that the big screen version may not be as dark or grim as other DC Comics heroes? Or could this be a chance for Lord & Miller to try their hand at comedy and some character drama? Give us your thoughts (and other potential directors) in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: Meet The Movie Press