So just this past week it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie fame (though I’ll always love them for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) were to be involved with The Flash movie. Now one thing about these 2 guys is that they are very funny, taking concepts that may not seem very desirable but making them hilarious and successful. And one thing that can not be said about the DC Cinematic Universe, is that it is very funny. OK we’ve only had one movie so far, but that movie was Man of Steel, a Superman movie, Superman who is a beacon of light for so many, and made it kind of dark, even made Superman kill (FYI, I wasn’t actually that affected by the death scene, but the internet was outraged). So how will their style of film fit into this.
If there is a character in the Justice League who is more upbeat than Superman, then it is The Flash. Here is a guy, who in one of the most beautiful moments in the Justice League animated series, stops Batman and Orion from beating on The Trickster and instead make sure he takes his meds and promises to go and see him in the hospital.
So when the plans for a Justice League film were announced, my first thought is how will Flash fit in to this Man of Steelverse. But getting Phil Lord and Chris Miller might save it from being too gritty and dark. And if DC is allowing Flash to go in that direction, there’s hope for other films, Shazam in particular, which require a lighter feel. I’m just glad that not every DC movie will feel the same, part of what makes Marvel work is that individual films feel like different genres as opposed to just being superhero movies.
Also I know if these 2 are writing the script, they have to make some sort of reference to the CW show, whether it’s included or not is a different story.
In a move that probably isn’t tied to the hype around Civil War talk but it’s fun to speculate anyway, today we got the announcement of Warner Bros’ superhero films leading up to 2020.
Batman v Superman
Justice League 2
I like DC’s diversity, we have Jason Momoa playing Aquaman along with Ray Fisher playing Cyborg and of course The Rock playing Black Adam. And we still don’t know what Green Lantern we’re getting, it could possibly be John Stewart. And finally a female superhero film (excluding Elektra). Hopefully this gives Marvel the incentive to finally give us Black Panther and Ms. Marvel movies.
It’s also been announced that Ezra Miller will play the Flash, breaking the hearts of CW fans everywhere. I know we’ve been told there would be no crossover, but the lack of Green Arrow casting still gave me hope.
There was a rumour going around for the Suicide Squad lineup the other day that didn’t feature Harley Quinn which is shocking to me, surely she’s going to be included, she needs to be on the big screen.
There will also be standalone Superman and Batman films.
Am I the only one waiting for the Comic Con panel that will show the whole cast similar to that epic Avengers one.
So we now know that, despite many fans wanting it to happen, Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow and Grant Gustin’s Flash are not going to be part of the Justice League movie. Which on the one hand is a damn shame, Amell in particular has owned the role and I feel it would be strange seeing someone else play him on the big screen. However it does open up more exciting possibilities for CW’s DC TV shows (so many acronyms). It means that they could create their own version of the Justice League on TV and promote epic crossover events between characters.
In an interview recently, President of the CW Mark Pedowitz mentioned that they are testing out characters on these 2 shows to see whether they would be strong enough to spin off into their own show. One actor one I would like to get his own spinoff is Brandon Routh. Now Routh is a leading man if I ever saw one and will be joining the cast or Arrow this season as Ray Palmer AKA The Atom. Arrow executive producer Mark Guggenheim said that if Ray Palmer is too shrink, it will be another show i.e. The Flash. Or are we going to get a backdoor pilot moment where we see The Atom’s origins then it is announced that next year CW is adding The Atom to it’s listings. We’re also getting Firestorm in The Flash, who I don’t think could carry his own show, but would easily pad out a CW Justice League.
But the most exciting news is that Pedowitz is reported to have said Flash and Arrow could crossover with the upcoming TNT Teen Titans show (the marketing for TNT Titans does itself really doesn’t it). The Teen Titans are the perfect fit for the CW who are known for their teen programming. And with Greg Berlanti working on the Supergirl show, even if it is meant to be on CBS, gives us hope that we could see her crossover. And while bringing Gotham would be kind of weird, seeing as it doesn’t really have any superheroes in it yet, I wouldn’t mind Constantine coming over and adding mysticism and the supernatural to this world (it also helps that Constantine referenced Dr. Fate and I really want to see Dr. Fate join in on the crossover action). Regardless, it’s an exciting time to be a superhero fan.
And maybe just maybe in the near future we’ll get an epic TV Justice League vs Movie Justice League which shuts the internet down.
I can’t wait for these 2 shows man.
And if the Supergirl rumours are true, I hope she is part of the CW DC Universe as what they have going on there is amazing.