Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the dynamic writing/directing duo who successfully brought the "everything is awesome" LEGO Movie to the big screen. And now they have their hands on one of the DC Cinematic Universe’s hottest properties: The Flash.
The upcoming comic-book movie is set to star Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster, and in a recent interview with HippoJuice Podcast, Phil Lord spoke for the first time about the movie and where he and Miller (and Geoff Jones) were currently with the story. He also revealed which version -- Jay Garrick? Barry Allen? Wally West? Bart Allen? -- of the Fastest Man Alive we're likely to see on the big screen. Can you guess who's their top choice? It's the same character that's being successfully portrayed on our TV screens week after week on The CW’s The Flash, starring Grant Gustin in the titular role of, ya know, Barry Allen. Here’s what Lord had to say:
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. … I believe [our Flash] is going to be Barry Allen. … 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.
Even though Phil Lord says Warner Bros.' The Flash will try to stick to the DCCU, I’m really intrigued by what he says here: “It really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie.” What does he mean? Does he mean their big-screen version of the Scarlet Speedster will be more akin to Ant-Man (the Edgar Wright version) or even Guardians of the Galaxy? A movie that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also feels somewhat like a separate beast because of its tone?
There's no news yet on whether Phil Lord and Chris Miller will end up sitting in the director's chair on top of writing the comic-book movie, but I'm looking forward to finally seeing a big-screen version of The Flash. In Lord and Miller's capable hands, it could turn out to be an exciting entry in the DC Cinematic Universe.
Not content with writing up The Flash for the DCCU, Lord and Miller are also hard at work on a Marvel property -- an animated Spider-Man movie for Sony.
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 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 opens up a lot of different possibilities.
What do you think about Phil Lord’s comments on his movie version of The Flash? How do you think it can be part of the DCCU, yet stand on its own two speedy feet as a stand-alone flick when it arrives in theaters on March 23, 2018?