The Flash went down as one of the biggest flops in DC’s history. However, according to X-Men director Matthew Vaughn, the film deserved much better.
Perhaps more than being a box office failure, The Flash will go down as a wedge in the DC Universe fandom. Some fans love the DC Studios reboot project, while others consider it among the worst comic films ever made. It seems as though Matthew Vaughn falls into the former category, revealing he thought it was a really good film.
“What really freaked me out was that I really enjoyed The Flash. I thought it was a really good film…And it died at the box office, right?” Vaughn shared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “And I’m like, Wait, hold on, this is a good movie. What happened? And I don’t know whether that was superhero fatigue; you’ve just seen it done.”
“So even now that we’ve made it well, there was some really, really complicated, hard, and quite special, unique filmmaking in that film. Which I don’t think Muschietti got enough credit for what they pulled off.”
Luckily for Matthew Vaughn, Andy Muschietti is set to get another shot at directing a DC Studios film with Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Only time will tell if that gets the same reception, but one can only hope The Flash paved the way for a better DC Universe going forward.
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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