The DC Cinematic Universe is real, as proven today by WB’s major announcement regarding the superhero film slate through the year 2020. In addition to two team-up films featuring the Justice League, we’ll also be getting solo films based on Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and even a new Green Lantern outing in 2020. Interestingly enough, though, we now have a clearer idea of what the Scarlet Speedster, the Flash, will look like in the upcoming film version of the DC Comics Universe, since he is the only new hero to be cast: Variety reports that Barry Allen will be embodied by actor Ezra Miller, who up until now, has been best known for his role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is very interesting, and represents a rather fundamental shift on the part of the studio, who in the past has been famous for their spotty allowance of DC Comics characters to be used in other media based on where it was currently being exploited. For instance, the animated “Justice League” TV series was a part of a so-called “Bat Embargo” because of the studio’s desire to keep Batman characters out of animation so that the film division could make proper use of them. While “Smallville” was running on the WB/CW, certain Superman supporting characters couldn’t be used on the show up through the development cycle of Superman Returns, as well. Knowing their history with matters like these makes it very interesting that they’ve cast the Flash for their new solo and team-up films, since Flash has successfully joined the TV lineup over on the CW, and is embodied by a different actor in the series: Grant Gustin.
The newfound openness on WB’s part for DC Comics characters to be used in multiple forms of live-action media can likely be attributed to the creation of DC Entertainment, which was announced in 2009 as the new company overseeing the exploitation of DC characters in films, TV, comics, and video games for Warner Bros. DC Entertainment is led by president Diane Nelson (who was influential in bringing the Harry Potter series to the studio), and features renowned comic book creators like Geoff Johns in high-level executive positions.
While it’s unfortunate that Grant Gustin won’t be reprising a role he plays so well on the big screen, this is definitely a time to be excited, as it represents the first concerted effort on WB’s part to create a viable and ongoing DC Comics Universe on film, as well as the first major efforts for characters beyond Batman and Superman to have a chance at the box office. The Flash will hit theaters sometime in 2018. Be sure to keep a tab open on GeekNation for any news on WB’s new DC film slate as it develops!
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