Iconic DC writer Grant Morrison has provided new details regarding The Flash script they wrote with star Ezra Miller.
Development and production for The Flash film has been going on for so long that it’s hard to imagine that the film will ever come out. Originally announced as part of the original slate DC Extended Universe films, the Ezra Miller movie has gone through multiple writers and directors and more delays than one can keep track of. Eventually, it settled on IT director Andy Muschietti helming the project and a script from Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson. But before that, however, there was a script that Ezra Miller wrote alongside DC Comics writer Grant Morrison.
Originally the story was revealed back in 2019. After years of production issues, Ezra Miller was attempting to take a more hands-on approach to The Flash film. Ultimately it was passed over in favor of Holdson’s script. Now, after nearly three years, Grant Morrison is giving us more of an idea as to what went into the script.
A Flash Story Indeed
In a recent interview with Rolling Stones, Grant Morrison discussed what they wrote with The Flash star Ezra Miller. While they didn’t reveal what happened in the story itself, Morrison seems to indicate that the script was far more focused on Miller’s titular character as opposed to the multiverse stuff the upcoming film will involve:
“Well, there had been a few versions, and as far as I remember, Ezra just wasn’t quite happy with what they were getting at the time. And Ezra had a lot of ideas; they came to me with a book of ideas. And then we worked together. It really was just the two of us. They came over here to Scotland and hung out, and we wrote this thing. I really liked it. Warner Bros. only gave us two weeks! It was cruelty, you know. It was hardcore. We had to be like the Flash to get this thing done, and they were looking for something quite different. I got paid, and it was good fun. It didn’t do the job they were looking for, which was to franchise things and set things up, and bring other characters in. It was a Flash story, so it wasn’t where they wanted to go with multiverse and stuff. And that was the end of it.”
This isn’t the first time Grant Morrison has spoken of The Flash script they wrote with Ezra Miller. Back in 2020 the comic writer discussed the script and compared it to Back to the Future. Alas, this script did not deliver what Warner Bros was demanding.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller, The Flash also features Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as two separate versions of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso, and Luke Brandon Field are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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Source: Rolling Stone