Zack Snyder Explains Why Grant Gustin Wasn’t Cast in ‘The Flash’ Movie

By March 22, 2016

One of the biggest differences between the DC and Marvel cinematic universes is that while Marvel connects all of their onscreen TV and film properties into the same universe, DC separates their TV and film universes, creating a multiverse similar to the comics. This means that we’ll be getting two different versions of The Flash for instance, with Grant Gustin continuing to win fans’ hearts on The CW series, and Ezra Miller set to play the character on the silver screen.

Considering how beloved Gustin’s iteration of Barry Allen has become though, there have been some fans out there who think that DC should have given both Stephen Amell and himself the chance to play the film versions of both The Flash and the Green Arrow onscreen as well.

While recently speaking with the New York Daily News though, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder explained why it wasn’t possible, in his and the other creative execs at DC minds’, to cast Gustin in both versions:

“I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that [tone is] not our world…Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse [idea], so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”

Now, this does somewhat go against Snyder’s comments about a much lighter tone for The Flash film last week, but I think it’s easy to see what he’s saying here, even if I don’t necessarily agree with it. I don’t think that Gustin should have been cast as the film version of The Flash, I’ll be honest. As much as I love the show and his take on Barry, having him appear in the hugely cinematic universe and then also go back to a much smaller version every week on The CW would just be a bit jarring from both a tonal and budgetary standpoint.

However, I also don’t think that Snyder’s right in saying that there needs to be one tone for all of the DC films. I understand trying to make it feel like they all exist in the same world, that’s fine. But at the same time, the reason Marvel has managed to stay alive over the past few years is because they haven’t been afraid to play around with different genres and tones. Just look at 2014 even, which featured the release of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, which couldn’t have two more different tones, but succeeded because of well done they both were.

I don’t know. If it were up to me, I would have much rather had it be that Geoff Johns was the spokesperson for the DCCU if I’m being honest, and not Snyder, I already think that WB may be putting too much power in his hands when it comes to these films. I haven’t seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet though, so he could prove me wrong. But every interview I see with him, just makes me think more and more that he really doesn’t listen to the fans, like ever. Or even worse yet, thinks he knows better. I guess we’ll find out this week though, whether or not that’s true.

The Flash TV Series airs every Tuesday night on The CW, while the standalone film will hit theatres on March 16th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable