Barry Allen to be portrayed as forensic investigator
Continuing their interview from earlier this week, MTV's Splash Page discussed the in-development Flash film with comic book author and screenwriter Marc Guggenheim, who reiterated that the current screenplay has a darker, crime element and will focus on the investigational side of its lead.
"When Barry Allen was the character, he was a science policeman, "Guggenheim explains, "We’re obviously updating that and now he’s in forensics and CSI. The tone is sort of darker, and more like "Seven" and "Silence of the Lambs" in that mysterious and noir-ish way, which is also working in conjunction with the superhero elements... There's also an element of a sports movie, because the character is so physical and I feel like there is an athleticism to his power that other superheroes don’t have."
Though Guggenheim also acknowledges that the Flash has some of comicdom's most colorful villains, he remains mum on which of them may make it to the big screen when development on The Flash moves forward.
Dan Mazeau, whose screenplay for Wrath of the Titans is realized in theaters today, is also the man behind a number of upcoming genre projects, including Bleach, The Flash and Jonny Quest. IFC caught up with Mazeau and managed to get a few updates about all three.
"I'm currently working on 'Bleach' and the idea is to set it in Japan and really be respectful to the source material," says Mazeu. "It's an amazing story. I've been shorthanding it as an 'action-adventure 'Sixth Sense',' but obviously on a bigger canvas than that. So I'm incredibly excited about that. Its a good one.”
The Flash and Jonny Quest, meanwhile, share a sticking point in getting to the big screen in that both scripts are in search of a specific talent to bring the printed page to live. In the case of the former, the search is on for a director that can realize Mazeau's Barry Allen tale.
"[H]e can't just be a guy who runs fast," Mazeau explains.
For Jonny Quest, the holdup is largely in finding a young actor who can balance the bigger-than-life adventures of the title character but who also has the dramatic side necessary for the film's more serious elements.
"There's real weight to it," says Mazeau of his script. "People die in the 'Jonny Quest' cartoons. I think 'Spy Kids’'was fun, but it's lighter than what 'Jonny Quest' would be."
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Though The Flash is racing around on The CW every Tuesday night, Warner Bros. continues to develop a feature film version of the character to tie into their larger DC Cinematic Universe and they’ve just taken a big step forward. Deadline reports that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in the process of writing a treatment for the scarlet speedster’s big screen adaptation. It’s unclear if the pair will direct the feature, though it remains a possibility.
Last year, it was revealed that We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower star Ezra Miller had been cast in the role of The Flash for the upcoming Justice League Part One, and potentially next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though which version of the character it will be has yet to be confirmed. The Flash is currently set for release March 23, 2018, just six weeks ahead of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 on May 4, 2018.
Grant Gustin currently plays The Flash in the hit CW series, but the character has previously been played by the likes of John Wesley Shipp in the 1990 series and Kyle Gallner in “Smallville.” Adam Brody was previously cast in the role for Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s defunct Justice League film.
It was revealed last month that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) are writing Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming big screen take on DC Comics’ fastest man alive. Although it was already revealed that The Flash, set for release March 23, 2018, will star Ezra Miller as Central City’s scarlet speedster, Lord announced during The Hippojuice Podcast (via /Film), that The Perks of Being a Wallflower star will likely be playing a new iteration of Barry Allen as opposed to one of the other men who have, in the comics, appeared as the hero.
“We’re trying to break a story,” says Lord. “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. …We’re more trying to stick with the cinematic universe… it really is its own thing and is 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. I’m optimistic!”
Miller is expected to also appear as Allen in Justice League Part One and, although unconfirmed, could even make a debut in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Grant Gustin currently plays The Flash on the hit CW series, which concludes its first season on Tuesday night on The CW.
Lord also spoke briefly about the animated Spider-Man film he and Miller have in early development at Sony Pictures, although it doesn’t sound like there are any solid details to share quite yet. You can check out the entire interview for yourself in the player below: