It’ll be interesting to see how well Warner Bros. and DC’s 2018 Flash standalone film ends up landing amongst audiences. The character has always remained a fan-favorite among comic book fans, but has recently received a rejuvenation over the past few years after his successful appearances in CW shows Arrow and his spin-off solo series, The Flash, where he is portrayed by actor Grant Gustin. The series has been well-received both critically and ratings-wise as audiences have flocked to the series for their weekly dose of fun and emotional superhero storytelling.
However, keeping in line with DC’s trend of keeping their movies and shows separate, the Scarlet Speedster in the DC Cinematic Universe will instead be portrayed by Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and will be making his introduction in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before continuing on into 2017’s Justice League Part One, both of which will be directed by Zack Snyder. There hasn’t been much solid news yet regarding the creative backing of the 2018 standalone film though, but considering how well the TV version of the character has done, the movie is going to have some very big shoes to step into when it is released in three years.
According to a new report by THR, author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is reportedly in talks to direct the standalone film for Warner Bros., which has a treatment done by The Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were originally rumored to direct the project as well, before heading over to Disney and Lucasfilm for the Young Han Solo movie. This would be Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut, after his successful work on mash-up projects like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, he is also currently working on the script for Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman spin-off film.
Now, I’m not too familiar with Grahame-Smith’s work, but considering how popular both Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Predjudice and Zombies have become over the years, he’s been able to create a fairly strong fan following through his past outings that could transfer over into his work on The Flash. While the idea of a rookie director taking on as massive a project as The Flash does give me some hesitation though, the current surge of newcomer directors taking on blockbuster films seems to have had some pretty high success rates over the past few years, and will hopefully provide the same results here.
DC has yet to really deliver a knockout punch with any of their films (aside from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy), and I don’t think I’m alone in hoping that will change next year with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. They’ve done a good job at separating their universe from Marvel’s by picking some incredibly strong directors (David Ayer, James Wan, Ben Affleck, etc.) who all have recognizable styles as well, so it’ll be interesting to not only see the direction they’re planning on taking their onscreen Flash, but also how they plan on differentiating the movie and TV versions.
The Flash is set to hit theatres on March 3rd, 2018.
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