In July, reports swirled that ‘It’ director Andy Muschietti was in talks to helm another movie for Warner Bros.– ‘The Flash’, the long-in-development DC superhero flick, which is set to star Ezra Miller. While promoting ‘It: Chapter Two’, Muschietti was asked by Fandango if he was, in fact, directing that film about the Fastest Man Alive, to which he simply replied, “Yup!” In fact, this will be Muscietti’s next project.
Prior to ‘It: Chapter One’ and ‘Two’, Muschietti made a name for himself with the low-budget horror hit ‘Mama’. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but Muschietti’s signing on to helm ‘The Flash’ follows the release of two other DC superhero movies directed by horror masters. David F. Sandberg directed ‘Shazam!’ after having helmed ‘Annabelle Creation’ and ‘Lights Out’. And ‘Aquaman’ was directed by James Wan, of the ‘Insidious’ and ‘The Conjuring’ franchises.
When Fandango asked if Muschietti would bring any of his horror sensibilities to ‘The Flash’, he replied:
“An element if horror? I don’t think so. What captivated me about the Flash is the human drama in it. The human feelings and emotions that play in the drama [of it]. It’s going to be fun, too. I can’t promise that there will be any horror [elements in it], really, but it’s a beautiful human story.”
Overall, ‘Shazam!’ was a lighthearted romp, but Wan brought an edge of horror to ‘Aquaman’ by utilizing the sharp-toothed Trench creatures. There has even been talk of giving ‘The Trench’ their own spin-off movie, which would be straight horror.
Christina Hodson, who penned the upcoming ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’, and ‘Batgirl’ is said to be working on the script for ‘The Flash’. Ezra Miller is due to film the third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie in spring 2020, and that should take a few months, so it looks as though there will be time for Hodson to complete the script and for Muschietti to solidify his take on DC’s Scarlet Speedster.
Are you glad that ‘The Flash’ is finally on course for the big screen?