The development of The Flash movie has been dragging its heels — Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor, was cast as Flash last year and little has happened since then. But the franchise sped into the future just a little this week when Deadline reported that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind fan favorites Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and of course, The LEGO Movie, were being tapped to write the treatment for the picture.
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The story on the CW’s Flash follows Barry Allen, junior-crime-scene-investigator-turned-speedy-superhero when a bolt of lightning strikes him and knocks him into a shelf of chemicals — the direction of the film has yet to be revealed. The Flash wraps up its first season near the end of next month. And an exciting season it was with a number of iconic villains, surprising reveals, and the introduction of time travel. The film, however, is expected to veer in a completely different direction. But with the show ripping through Flash stories, what could the movie possibly do that wouldn’t just come out looking like warmed up leftovers?
Any fan of the comics knows that The Flash universe is large enough that the movie could run over completely different ground even if the series runs the three more years it will take until the film opens. After all, there are three other key characters who have taken on The Flash suit and name — Jay Garrick, Wally West and Bart Allen — along with the wide open possibilities that time travel and parallel dimensions adds. The opportunities for Phil and Christopher are endless. A good thing too, because with DC building up The Justice League, and giving characters like Aquaman solo films, The Flash, another one of their key superheroes, is going to need a movie of his own.
And with Lord and Miller at the helm, the audience can expect The Flash to bring the light and funny. According to MTV.com, the pair say, “The Flash will definitely be played for laughs.” A welcome change of pace from the moody, foreboding of DC’s recent superhero films.
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This is just a first step for the twosome, as it’s yet to be confirmed whether they will continue to work with Warner Bros. to write the script or direct the feature. The Flash is currently planned to open March 23, 2018.
[Image credit: Warner Bros. via ComingSoon.net]