Animated “Spider-Man” & “Flash” Film Talk

“21 Jump Street” and “The LEGO Movie” writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are two of the few people who have their hands dipped into both Marvel and DC-based comic book adaptations currently in the works.

Most notably the pair are developing both the live-action DC cinematic universe film based on “The Flash” for Warner Bros. Pictures, along with an animated “Spider-Man” feature for Sony Pictures. However, the pair have not yet committed to helm either of these projects.

Speaking with podcasters Hippojuice about both projects, Lord spoke primarily about “The Flash” adaptation and confirms that their incarnation of the character will be Barry Allen but it will NOT tie in to the popular The CW series currently airing that’s based on the character:

“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… We’re more trying to stick with the cinematic universe… [Our Flash] really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie. We’re just trying to think of the best story. It’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff.”

That different approach to the material also informs their upcoming animated “Spider-Man” project which is NOT expected to be a part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“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….. these huge franchises, but kind of 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.”

Lord and Miller are also busy on numerous other projects including “23 Jump Street,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Storks,” and multiple films in Warners’ LEGO film franchise.