The Flash is set to premiere in theaters in just a few short weeks. During a recent interview for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the film’s original writers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, revealed details about their scrapped DC Universe poitch.
The Flash has gone through a very turbulent development cycle since it was announced in 2014. While a number of writers had joined and left the film, such as Seth Grahame-Smith leaving the project over creative distances, the most well known of the potential writers were Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who wrote a treatment for the project in 2015 before leaving it to work on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Not much was known of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s version of The Flash at the time, and their involvement was swiftly forgotten following their success with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Christina Hodson, who wrote Birds of Prey, joining to write the film. While the duo remains tight lipped about their project, the did reveal that they planned a time travel story. However, it seemed to be more gastronomic than multiversal:
“It did involve time travel, but it was not a multiversal story. So I think it is safe to say that this is its own unique thing,” Miller told The Hollywood Reporter. “There are definitely some things that were in the trailers that I’ve seen that were were similar to things that are in our treatment, but I’m certain that, from what I know now of the story, it seems quite different from what we had.”
“A lot of our treatment was about how much food he had to consume.” Lord added
Unless The Flash features a surprise cameo by golden age villain Fred Devere, it’s not likely that the two projects shared the involvement of food. While many fans likely would’ve enjoyed Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s take on the project, early reviews suggest that Andy Muschietti and Christina Hodson’s film will live up to the new superhero standard set by Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Let’s just hope that standard doesn’t involve any bagels!
The Flash’s DC Universe future
Warner Bros. Discovery already has a script for a potential sequel to The Flash, written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the man behind the two Aquaman movies starring Jason Momoa. However, James Gunn and Peter Safran did not discuss the Flash sequel during their DC Universe presentation.
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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