Screenwriter Greg Berlanti gave an update about the in-development Flash film that, depending on your tastes, is either terrific or terrifying news.
According to Berlanti—who's been working with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim on both Green Lantern and The Flash—using films like David Fincher's Se7en and Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs as inspiration for Warners' take on the Crimson Speedster isn't really that far off base.
"I think because of the nature that [Barry Allen] was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened ... It's actually a little bit darker than when we were working on [Green Lantern], because you're dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you're working on a film, and we spent a lot more time talking about Se7en or The Silence of the Lambs as we construct that part of Barry's world than I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.
"There's the sci-fi component and there's the crime component and it's fitting those two things together, and the sci-fi thing, we obviously want to nail that and honor that and do that in a way that feels visceral and real and cool and probably more in the tone of The Matrix films."
So, the question is, do you want grisly, crime-scene chocolate in your shiny, wide-eyed heroic peanut butter?