Flash Movie To Be Different & More Standalone
We get an update on the DC Flash movie from writer/director Phil Lord who confirms he is working on the film while appearing on The Hippojuice Podcast.
Lord, known for the Jump Street movies and The LEGO movie. is asked about The Flash where he notes there is some pressure due to TV series being so popular (via Slash Film).
We’re trying to break a story. It’s interesting, because there’s a really popular TV show out there, and we’re trying to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that. I think we’re doing alright.
As the TV series does feature Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Phil Lord is asked if they are using the same character for The Flash movie, with Lord confirming Ezra Miller will be Barry Allen.
I believe [our Flash] is going to be Barry Allen.
Phil Lord continues with mention The Flash movie will be separate from the TV series, and actually offers it will be a stand-alone movie, which may suggest not directly connected to the Justice League movie or Batman Vs. Superman (interestingly enough, Dwayne Johnson said the same about Shazam).
It’s going to be it’s own [thing, apart from the TV show] — we’re more trying to stick with the cinematic universe… it really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie. We’re just trying to think of the best story. I think you guys will like it, it’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff. I'm consciously optimistic.
Phil Lord is also behind a number of other projects including the Sony animated Spider-Man film, with Lord offering they are trying to do the same with Spidey as they are with The Flash.
We’re sort of juggling superheroes with the color red in them, that’s all we do [laughter]. We’re trying not to confuse their powers or anything, but it does get tricky. But yeah it’s the same thing. Is there a way to do one of these movies in a new way? That’s the exciting thing about it being animated, is it just opens up a lot of different possibilities.
Usually Chris and I like to carve out spaces where people will let us do what we want. So much of our careers are like “oh, no one will bother us while we try to make a 21 Jump Street movie, because it’s such a crazy idea, no one’s going to know what to do with it.” So we’re doing these things kind of like that. They’re part of these huge franchises, but kind of are off a little bit off to the side, and that gives us a lot of creative freedom, and that’s the thing we love. Hopefully we won’t waste that.
The Flash movie hits in 2018; check out Lord's comments below around the 5:10 mark.
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