Looks like the DC cinematic version of The Flash is still in the running, with hands having changed once more. Months of uncertainty previously led to the possibility of star Ezra taking the script on himself. But now it seems Warner Bros. has finally found their momentum.
THR reported earlier today that Andy Muschietti, the director behind 2017’s highly acclaimed adaptation of It, has been tapped to direct. Christina Hodson, with Bumblebee and Birds of Prey under her belt, is writing the script. Muschietti’s sister and production partner, Barbara Muschietti, joins the project in a producing capacity. This is far from the first new set of creatives for The Flash, but hopefully it will be the last.
After the departure of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming), it’s good to see the film on solid ground. Ezra Miller’s script, penned in conjunction with comics legend Grant Morrison, may have been rejected but he’s still signed on to star. Though there’s no official word, presumably that means Kiersey Clemons remains onboard as his Iris West. Granted, these offers are still in talks and there’s no done deal yet. But if all goes well, then production should be in prep by January of 2020.
According to the report, Daley and Goldstein exited The Flash project voluntarily after clashing over creative differences with Warner Bros. Various accounts also claimed that part of the issue was Miller wanting to offer his own vision for Barry Allen. In the ongoing battle between light and dark, the writing and directing duo preferred a more comedic approach while Miller hoped for a more dramatic one. Perhaps the forces behind It and Bumblebee will present a compromise that keeps Barry Allen as a beacon of optimism without becoming slapstick.
Thus far, Muschietti has proved his mettle in the world of horror. His debut film was 2013’s Mama with Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and his take on everyone’s favorite clown was popular enough to bring him back for the sequel. Meanwhile, Christina Hodson’s work on Bumblebee helped make it the best reviewed Transformers film – the only one with a fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, in fact. The fact that Warner Bros. wants to rehire her after Birds of Prey already suggests they appreciate what her style brings to the DC cinematic universe. Now we can only hope audiences will too.
With the filming start date still in limbo, it’s unclear when The Flash would actually be released. But it seems that no matter the obstacle, Barry Allen will be racing into theaters worldwide at lightning speed.