Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be the launching pad for Warner Bros.'s DC Comics Extended Universe. Currently, the cinematic universe has a whole slate of films planned through 2020, including David Ayer's Suicide Squad that will hit theaters later this year, a Wonder Woman standalone feature starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, and a big screen take on The Flash played by Ezra Miller.
On television, a number of series have been based on DC Comics characters for years, like FOX's Gotham, CBS's Supergirl, and The CW's trio of shows: The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Grant Gustin has played Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash on The CW since his appearance on Arrow in 2013. In his turn as the Scarlet Speedster, Gustin has garnered plenty of praise from die-hard DC fans and casual viewers alike. Now, Snyder explains why Gustin's take on The Flash wouldn't have fit into his Justice League universe.
"I just don’t think it was a good fit. … I'm very strict with this universe and I just don't see a version where… That [tone is] not our world. … Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse (idea), so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”
Miller's version of The Flash will make his debut during a sequence in Batman V Superman, before going on to appear in his own solo film. For his part, Gustin holds no ill will against Miller for taking on the mantle of the Scarlet Speedster in the DCEU. Arrow star Stephen Amell has also commented on the differing takes of The Flash, offering support to Gustin but encouraging the variety of interpretations of the same DC Comics character.
Though there are fans who may have been disappointed to learn that Gustin wouldn't make the jump from The CW to the DCEU, the differing versions of characters, the varied genre inspirations, and distinct tones of superhero media like The Flash and Batman V Superman are what have helped to diversify comic book adaptations over the last few years. The two takes on The Flash offer fans a chance to see Gustin's light and fun Barry Allen as well as the DCEU's presumably more dark and serious version of the character as played by Miller.
That's not to say one iteration is necessarily better than the other; The Flash is one of The CW's highest-rated shows and early reactions to Batman V Superman are overwhelmingly positive. But, viewers have different tastes and Snyder is building the DCEU, along with the help of fellow WB/DC brain-trust members, with a very specific design in mind that won't appeal to everyone. Though some may still have preferred to see Gustin's version of The Flash appear in Batman V Superman and Justice League, he will, at least, continue on as Barry Allen for a third season of The Flash.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8pm on The CW.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 16th, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19th, 2020.
Source: New York Daily News
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