Things are looking up at DC Films these days, with Aquaman being a billion dollar smash (their first since the Nolan Batman days), Wonder Woman 1984 being an actually highly-anticipated sequel, and Shazam! already getting critical plaudits from its early press screenings. And on top of that, there’s a few interesting looking projects on the horizon like Birds of Prey and this Elseworlds Joker movie that’s out in the Fall. It’s not quite MCU-Kevin Feige biggest franchise in the world type success, but it’s a hell of a bounce-back from Justice League‘s total bellyflop at the box office.
But remember when there was going to be a Flash movie? Yep, we’ve written about it ad nauseum really, and it’s shed two directors already (Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa). But now, even with a third pair of hands in place (John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) to direct things are still not on the right track for production to begin.
THR reports that star Ezra Miller and the writer-director duo aren’t quite seeing eye to eye on how the story should shape up, with Daley and Goldstein opting for a lighter-hearted take – with a tone rumored to be in line with Back to the Future and akin to a lot of their other work, like Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Miller wants something darker. You can take the fella out of the Snyder, but you can’t take the Snyder out of the fella, I guess.
And so, with the clock ticking down to the end of Miller’s contract (in May reportedly), he’s taking matters into his own hands and teaming up with Grant Morrison to develop a new script more to his own predilections, and said script could be delivered next week. It’s said that the studio wants more projects in line with Aquaman and Shazam!, and to fully shed the grimdark air that’s permeated the beginnings of this cinematic universe. But if they opt to not stick with Miller and Morrison’s take, we may be looking at a new Flash altogether ala the impending recasting of Batman.
Morrison is the most exciting development here, who has written the character sporadically in his career and mostly in the 90’s during his JLA run, though he also teamed with Mark Millar on a short run on The Flash title itself. Perhaps most pertinently, he’s the guy who brought back Barry Allen, who reappeared during Final Crisis. One way or another, I would really like to see this script.
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