To be clear, at this point in time Phil Lord and Chris Miller are not directing ‘The Flash,’ but if their story treatments turn out as well as the work they’ve done on ‘The Lego Movie’ and the ’21 Jump Street’ franchise, the job is basically theirs for the taking. What hinders them at the current moment is the fact that there is already an exceptional ‘The Flash‘ TV show on the CW, which will be on its 4th season (as long as it doesn’t get cancelled) by the time the ‘Flash’ movie hits the big screen in 2018. Lord has recently appeared on a podcast called ‘Hippojuice,’ where he discussed exactly that problem:
“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.”
Lord and Miller are also working on an animated ‘Spider-Man’ movie for Sony, which makes them at the moment, the steward of two phenomenal super-heroes, even if the ‘Spider-Man’ movie will only be in animated form, and will not be associated with the live-action version of the character currently being produced by Sony/Disney/Marvel. During the same podcast, Lord, also spoke on the “Spider-Man’ movie and all the opportunities he and his directing partner are working on:
“We’re sort of juggling superheroes with the color red in them, that’s all we do. [laughter] We’re trying not to confuse their powers or anything, but it does get tricky. But it’s the same thing, is there a way to do one of these movies in a new way? That’s the exciting thing about it being animated, is it opens up a lot of different possibilities…Chris and I like to carve out spaces where people will let us do what we want. So much of our careers are like “oh, no one will bother us while we try to make a “21 Jump Street,” because it’s such a crazy idea, no one’s going to know what to do with it.” So we’re doing these things kind of like that. They’re part of these huge franchises, but kind of are off a little bit to the side, and that gives us a lot of creative freedom, and that’s the thing we love. Hopefully we won’t waste that!”
Both movies will have definite challenges ahead, as ‘Spider-Man’ will be competing with his live-action counterpart, much the same as the ‘Flash’ will be competing with his wildly successful (thus far) TV counterpart. What are your thoughts on seeing two versions on the same characters in the mainstream media? Would you rather DC just use their TV versions in the DC Cinematic Universe? Is Sony pushing things too far by trying to have their own animated ‘Spider-Man’ franchise while also letting the character be used in the MCU? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below!