Warner Bros. Pictures have been trying to get the film adaptation of “The Flash” going for a while now with multiple writers and directors coming and going from the project.
Even the film’s lead star Ezra Miller took a shot at working on the screenplay. At last report though the film seemed to have picked up some steam again with “IT” director Andy Muschietti attached to helm from a screenplay by “Bumblebee” and “Birds of Prey” scribe Christina Hodson.
Miller meanwhile this week confirmed to W Korea that both “The Flash” and the third “Fantastic Beasts” film are absolutely confirmed and on the way and in doing so seems to re-affirm his commitment to the role which has been in question in recent months. Asked what’s next for him, he says:
“Well, I’ll tell you the ones that I can tell you about, because they’re absolutely confirmed. [They] are Fantastic Beasts 3… The Flash movie…I’m making more music with Sons of an Illustrious Father, the band I’m in. And I’m also making some music on my own.”
In related DC news, one project much closer to fruition is “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” which has already wrapped principal photography.
In a new interview with Total Film (via Screen Rant), Hodson has described the film as a “standalone story” rather than a direct sequel or spin-off from “Suicide Squad” and so there’s basically no real call backs to the 2016 film:
“Obviously, yes, it’s a character we have met before, but it’s really its own story, and that’s kind of how I approached it. I just tried to take myself off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters. And I just created a brand new story that felt like its own thing, and that doesn’t have to feel like it follows one or the other.”
This follows Warners new mantra to essentially disband the DCEU and focus on standalone affairs. October’s “Joker” is entirely standalone with no connection to any previous films. Patty Jenkins has made it clear her “Wonder Woman 1984” is “not a sequel” and more of a standalone new adventure (ala the old school “Indiana Jones” and Bond films). James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” will be sequel to the original but will also retool it somewhat. Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” will, like Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, follow its own self-contained continuity.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” opens in February next year.