Next Superman Animated movie
The comedic filmmaking duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller have quickly ascended to the ranks of Hollywood’s A-list after the success of their films and . With no shortage of projects available to them, they’ve decided to get heavily involved in the ever-expanding superhero movie pool – signing on with both DC and Marvel. They will be podcast (hat tip to ), Lord dished out some details on his upcoming adaptations. First up was, which already has Ezra Miller set to star and will be part of Warner Bros.’ blossoming DC Movie Universe:
“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.”
Because DC’s TV and movie universes won’t connect, there is clearly pressure on Lord and Miller to differentiate their film from the CW series. Some have gone as far as suggesting Grant Gustin should have brought DC’s famous speedster to the big screen (including Arrow star Stephen Amell), so the two writers have their work cut out for them, making their version stand on its own merits and escape the shadow of the TV series.
The other noteworthy bit of the quote is Lord’s claim that The Flash is something of “a standalone movie” despite it being part of a larger, interconnected franchise. However, it’s worth noting that WB’s shared DC film universe is seemingly being constructed differently than, say, Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe – hence, creative teams on the DC adaptations are being allowed extra leeway to put their own stamp on their projects.