‘The Flash’: New Report Reveals Blockbuster-Sized Budget

Will it reach the finish line?

Ezra Miller The Flash Grant Morrison

The Flash is set to be the bedrock for the new DC Universe when it hits theaters this June. However, a new interview suggests that the film’s blockbuster budget may also be the bedrock on which Warner Bros. financials live or die.

It’s no secret that Warner Bros. isn’t in the best situation when it comes to its wallet. The studio’s gargantuan debt in combination with the Discovery merger is what led to the cancellation of projects such as Batgirl. With the company reportedly losing millions on both Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, all eyes are on The Flash to perform well. However, there may be more pressure than many may have first believed, as a new interview with the film’s production designer Paul Austerberry reveals that it has a blockbuster-sized budget of its own to make-up.

The Canadian reports that budget of The Flash sits at around $220 million. While hard to put into perspective for the layman, that’s the exact same budget as the first Avengers film when it was released in 2012. Superhero films are no stranger to having large budgets. The Flash isn’t even the most expensive DC film, with projects like Justice League and Black Adam costing closer to $300 million.

Given neither of those films are widely considered successes by fans or critics, the pressure is on for The Flash to perform. It’s unclear how well the film will do at the box office. While the film was screened to rave reviews, controversies surrounding the film’s star Ezra Miller may keep it from reaching the heights fans may hope.

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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Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

Anthony has always had a love for stories. An aspiring screenwriter and video editor, he takes pride in connecting fans with the latest heroic news!