Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally hitting the theaters this weekend. The Flash character has been confirmed to be in the movie. Unfortunately for fans of The Flash weekly television show, it will not be Grant Gustin portraying the character. That’s a disappointment, because his rendition of the Flash has proven to be quite popular with the millions of viewers that tune in weekly. According to Entertainment Weekly, director Zack Snyder reveals that Gustin is not a fit.
Tone is the reason why Zack Snyder does not think the version of the Flash portrayed by Grant Gustin is not a fit for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On the weekly television show, Gustin portrays the character as a cheerful and colorful speedster that is still trying to understand his powers and the ways of the world. The version in Batman v Superman is expected to be more experienced and grittier.
The reason why DC Comics films are trying to be darker is because they want to avoid comparisons to the Marvel films. Moviegoers can be a fickle bunch at times. Hollywood executives are fully aware of this. If DC Comics tried to emulate the formula that turned Marvel from a company that was almost bankrupt to a powerhouse in the movie industry, then there could be backlash, especially from comic book fans who choose sides.
Another big difference between DC Comics and Marvel is that the latter is not afraid to have their movies and television shows intertwine. Agent Phil Coulson plays a big part on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after being a part of the Iron Man series and The Avengers film. Of course, the Coulson character hasn’t made an appearance in another film since the television series started, so Marvel is still keeping a degree of separation there.
To show support for Zack Snyder, Grant Gustin decided to release an official statement to the public. Gustin acknowledged that he would have loved to have portrayed the Flash character on the big screen. He wanted to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Gustin agrees with Snyder in regards to how his character would not fit in that universe. Gustin feels that Snyder has made the right decision to go with another actor.
That other actor happens to be Ezra Miller, who appears set to benefit financially from the casting. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and Miller gets to be involved with that. Ezra is expected to receive a bigger role in the Justice League: Part One movie before getting his own Flash film. That’s at least three movies that should do well financially.
DC Comics is hoping to do another ten movies or so after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The hope is that having Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman on film together would be enough to help build some momentum and close the gap with Marvel. The latter already has a huge lead in the competition, so DC Comics is realistic enough to know that Dawn of Justice is only the beginning. Much more success is needed before it becomes a real competition.
Grant Gustin could have very well been able to modify his character to fit with the tone of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, that means that DC Comics might not have been able to continue with The Flash as a television show. The person portraying the character on film is going to be quite busy over the next several years. Doing double duty might have been too much.
[Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images]