DC Comics fans hoping to see Barry Allen don his scarlet suit as The Flash on the big screen may have been kept waiting as the speedster found acclaim on The CW, but it's seeming more and more likely that the wait may be worth it in the end. The casting of Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) in the role took many by surprise, but his addition to WB's shared Justice League universe may be in better hands than fans had hoped.
Rumors had previously teased that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (responsible for 21 Jump Street, as well as writing and directing The LEGO Movie) were being courted to helm The Flash's solo film by the studio, but now comes confirmation that the pair are currently developing the film's story - but have yet to decide whether they'll direct the feature as well.
The update comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that aside from writing the script for The LEGO Movie 2 and producing the LEGO Batman spinoff, Lord & Miller are currently developing a story treatment for The Flash. The news helps to clarify the situation somewhat: since Warner Bros. has landed the minds behind their wildly successful LEGO franchise to bring The Flash to the big screen, they would no doubt be the studio's top choice to direct.
The pair remain focused solely on developing the story for now, which in itself is confirmation of just how differently Warner Bros. now views the property's future on film. The initial plan for The Flash movie (as dreamt up by Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Michael Green) was to inject the superhero genre with a dose of forensic thrillers like Se7en and Silence of the Lambs. While that would seem an obvious fit for the darker, more grounded tone of Zack Snyder's Justice League universe, Warner Bros. appears to be taking an almost polar opposite approach.
It may be too soon to assume that The Flash movie will be an outright comedy in the vein of Lord & Miller's other projects on TV and film, like 21 Jump Street , Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, or even Brooklyn Nine-Nine. But if there is one character set to appear in the big screen Justice League who can court a more light-hearted, thrill-seeking audience, it is most certainly The Flash. If polished comedy is the goal, then Warner Bros. has entrusted the challenge to two of the most in-demand talents around.
We'll keep you updated as details concerning the pair's story treatment arrive, or when the pair decide they will, or will not be directing the film as well. For now, are you pleased to hear that The Flash movie will sport a healthy sense of humor, being guided by Lord & Miller from the start?
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.