The Flash has all but officially finished its box office run following its digital release. With its dismal box office now fully in perspective, it has become one of the worst flops in Hollywood history.
While studios are notoriously tight-lipped with their budget, outlets seem to agree that The Flash had a budget of somewhere between $200 million and $220 million. Grossing only $263 million worldwide as of Monday, July 17, fans might say it narrowly avoided disaster. However, that budget comes in before marketing costs. It’s estimated that marketing nearly doubled the budget of the film, causing Warner Bros. Discovery to lose around $200 million on the film.
This $200 million loss puts The Flash as the sixth biggest box office bomb in Hollywood history. Some of the few movies to outpace its flop are The Long Ranger, a movie featuring Johnny Depp as an ancient Native American living in a carnival tent that lost $239 million, and John Carter, a movie that failed to launch a franchise so badly it lost Disney $255 million. While The Flash may no thave killed the DC brand entirely, it seems clear Ezra Miller won’t be returning to the role anytime soon.
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.
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Source: The Direct