When Warner Bros. officially kicked off their DC Comics Extended Universe earlier this year with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film was met by many fans and critics who weren't pleased with the tone of the movie or the attitudes of their beloved superheroes. However, in the time since BVS caused an incredible stir among fans, Warner Bros. has shifted gears to the next release, Suicide Squad, and also recently lifted the embargo on information from Justice League set visits, both of which have helped fans get a better idea of the DCEU.
Enter The Flash (Ezra Miller), who, from descriptions of his time in Justice League, sounds like he lights up every scene he's in. This shouldn't be a surprise to fans of Barry Allen. Fans may have been concerned about the state of his upcoming solo film when Seth Grahame-Smith vacated the director's chair over "creative differences" with Warner, but since then, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) has taken on the project, and the film's writers couldn't be more pleased.
Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) penned the story for The Flash film coming in 2018. They were recently interviewed by IGN, and seem to be genuinely excited about the way the project is shaping up, calling the hiring of Famuyiwa "the best." Said Lord:
We worked with Rick and have been developing a pilot with him for a little while and are really big fans of his and Dope. I think he's a rad choice.
Miller agreed. When the two were asked if they had an influence on the levity Flash was bringing to the universe, he noted, "They had that planned for him in the first place. That's why they were talking to us in the first place because that's how they wanted to go with that character." Lord added, "That's all Ezra."
"He brings new energy," Miller said, comparing Flash's role to that of Spider-Man's in Captain America: Civil War.
Batman has to be kind of bummed out because his parents died and Superman is already established as a serious person and Wonder Woman's angry about stuff. Stuff's happening. But then you've got a guy who's like, 'Eh, whatever, I run fast!'
Miller and Lord have a knack for turning every property they touch to gold, no matter how preposterous the premise. While Justice League's aim is to be respectful to the established worlds and heroes, it sounds like they're simultaneously attempting to broaden the wavelength of tone across DC's film lineup.
Considering how bleak BVS was, a bit of levity and camaraderie seems like they could offer a huge improvement to the franchise, perhaps even creating a crowd-pleaser on the level of The Avengers. Whether or not Justice League will be the film to do that remains to be seen, but many fans will be pleased to hear they're moving in a positive direction.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on The Flash and the DCEU lineup.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.