When Warner Bros. announced that Ezra Miller would be playing the titular character in The Flash feature film, the TV series iteration of the comic book character was just getting off the ground on the small screen with Grant Gustin filling the role of Barry Allen. Little did we know, though, that The CW’s The Flash would build a substantial following alongside seriously positive critical buzz. The show is now in its second season, and The Flash movie just hired a writer/director (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith, making his feature directorial debut), but some fans of the TV show remain hopeful that the two Flashes can exists in the same world. After all, historically The Flash deals with multiverses, so it’s possible, if not exactly practical.
Warner Bros. is building its own inter-connected universe on the feature film side, and much as fans may clamor to bring the TV iteration of the character into that fold, they remain two wholly separate worlds. Producer Charles Roven, who is part of the DC Cinematic Universe Brain Trust and is a producer on The Flash movie, recently confirmed this separation to Steve during an interview timed to the release of the Warcraft trailer, which Roven also produced:
“Our Flash is gonna be not that guy. [Gustin is] terrific in doing [what he’s doing]. I think that whether it’s The Flash or Arrow, they’re doing a great job with the TV shows they’re doing. Gotham, that show’s really terrific. And we obviously wish them the best. It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens when we have a different Flash in a different universe. We’re gonna try to stay in our universe and they’re gonna be staying, I think, in their universe, and hopefully the audiences will embrace both. I think they can. You know, Supergirl is not in our universe, and that seems to be doing quite well.”
While I understand the desire of fans of the show to want to see that version of the character on the big screen, Roven and Zack Snyder and the team at Warner Bros. have put a lot into crafting this inter-connected movie universe with its own tone and its own rules, so it just doesn’t make sense to try and blend the two, especially since the DC Cinematic Universe Brain Trust doesn’t have any involvement with the story and character decisions that are made on the small screen.
So what can we expect from The Flash movie? We really don’t know yet, but Miller is expected to at least make a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so we may get our first inkling early next year. The Flash isn’t slated for release until March 2018 so it’ll be a while before we see Miller’s version get his own story, but Roven revealed that the film is now firmly hashing out its story:
“We are in the script stage. Early, early, early in the script stage.”
Folks may remember that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were courted to draw up a treatment and possibly direct The Flash, but they subsequently departed to direct the standalone Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm. It’s unclear if any of their story ideas will remain intact once the film is finished, but I’ll be mighty interested to see what Grahame-Smith puts together.
If you missed our previous coverage from Steve’s interview with Roven, peruse the links below.
- ‘Batman v Superman': Charles Roven Teases New Footage Release, Talks Character Balance
- Producer Charles Roven Reveals the DC Brain Trust, How Directors Alter Their Plans
- Producer Charles Roven on the ‘Warcraft’ Movie and Atlas Entertainment