The Flash is officially a go at Warner Bros. They found a director in IT: Chapter Two’s Andy Muschietti and was “absolutely confirmed” by him and its long-attached star Ezra Miller. And, as a project next on the docket for both of them, one question remains: what is in store when it comes to the story? (Related: Ezra Miller ‘Absolutely’ Confirms His Flash Movie is Happening)
Muschietti sat down with Fandango this week and, while not forthcoming with specifics, offered some idea. Known mostly for horror ever since his 2013 debut — the Guillermo Del Toro-produced ghost story Mama — some wondered if elements of that genre might creep in. Probably not, according to the Argentine filmmaker, who says Flash is “a beautiful human story.”
“An element if horror? I don’t think so. What captivated me about the Flash is the human drama in it. The human feelings and emotions that play in the drama [of it]. It’s going to be fun, too. I can’t promise that there will be any horror [elements in it], really, but it’s a beautiful human story.”
Dark and Scary
That doesn’t mean there won’t be any horror but Muschietti’s words are a strong indication Flash’s tone will be light, similar to Aquaman — what Warner has been pushing for. Miller wanted a darker movie and tried to write one with Grant Morrison, so he might be compromising quite a bit. (Related: Report: Ezra Miller Wants to Write His Flash Movie with Grant Morrison)
Miller and Morrison’s script was thrown out and Birds of Prey/Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson is working on a new one. And she might not have the last word. As has been the case, and continues to be with WB, changes may keep coming mid-production. (Related: Report: Warner Might Not Be Happy with Birds of Prey and Could Make Changes)
The Flash has been in development for the last few years. It really garnered momentum post-Justice League and was slated to go into production this year with the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein at the helm, but delays plagued it.
Story details are few but if Miller, Hodson, and Muschietti follow established canon we saw play out in JL and on the CW series, Barry Allen (Miller) will be coping with his mother’s death and his dad being in prison for her murder, which is a very human story.
Flash should start production next year and could get a 2021 release though nothing is for sure. Muschietti’s next picture, IT: Chapter Two is out next Friday.