Zack Snyder On Why CW’s ‘The Flash’ Wasn’t Picked For The Movies

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Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros/DC Comics went with a different route when it came to their film and TV universes as those two worlds are kept separate.

To some, that came as a disappointment as many fans of CW’s The Flash series with Grant Gustin as the Fastest Man Alive, had wanted to see Gustin join the fellow Justice League members as the big screen’s Flash too. However, in the DC Extended Universe, Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen as he will be featured in his own solo film and the upcoming Justice League movies.

In a recent interview with NY Daily News, Zack Snyder talked about why Gustin wasn’t picked as the DCEU’s Flash.

“I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world. Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multiverse (idea), so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”

Although there is always the chance that we might see the two speedsters share the screen one day as the DC films and TV universe are all part of the same Multiverse. The television series has already shown a few different examples of other Earths in the Multiverse, with glimpses of other DC shows.

The Flash airs on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on The CW while the upcoming The Flash movie is set to come out in theaters on March 16, 2018.

Source: NY Daily News (via

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Carl

    The simple answer is that it wouldn’t work because The Flash’s universe is not the one in Man of Steel.

  • Whatsupdoc

    I love this TV version of the Flash, but keeping these worlds separate is the right call. imo

    • jeeyow

      Finally, someone with sense

    • Jake Bucsko

      Oh, definitely. I love the show and have been…let’s say less than pleased with what I’ve seen from BvS, but Snyder is 100% right. Regardless of how you feel about either project, they’re oil and water.

      • Whatsupdoc

        Trust me when I tell you, your opinion about BvS is going to change drastically. :)

        • Jake Bucsko

          Good. Believe me, I’m not going in ready to hate it. I desperately want to love this movie. I went to an early screening of another movie tonight and afterwards people were lined up to see BvS. I almost snuck in to see it even though I already bought tickets. Very ready to have my mind changed.

          • Whatsupdoc

            imo… It’s incredible! But movies, art, music, it’s all subjective. I’ll tell you this, I actually had tears, in a CBM. Ridiculous I know.

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  • Vegas82

    The kid on TV doesn’t cut the same heroic figure as the rest of the movie actors. The guy they cast at least has the potential to. I absolutely love Grant Gustin and the TV show, but that’s just my opinion on the topic.

    • Boogie

      I agree. Good use of LOGIC.

  • sintheticreality2

    I love it that the universes are separate. It allows for more flexibility for the creative teams in both the movies and TV shows. Although, I gotta say that it’d be awesome for one season of Flash to end with them opening a portal and on the other side would be Cavill, Affleck and Gadot as Supes/Bats/Wonder Woman peering through.

    • Sammy Boy

      Yeah, it won’t happen. Like the idea though.

  • Matches Malone

    It gives the shows some space. Consider a different scenario; do we want the rogues and backstory from Gotham as the history of Affleck’s Batman? I certainly don’t. With a multiverse we CAN, and likely will, see Superman on Supergirl but we will never see Iron Man on Agents of SHIELD. It is not a knock on the excellent Marvel show but simply the reality of big entertainment business.

    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

      Except there isnt a bigger chance for big characters from those movies to appears on the shows , when part of a multiverse , than there is for the big marvel pmovies characters that are part of a same universe than the tv shows . In both cases , unless in a few years down the road to tighen their cinematic universes , it’s just about keeping the option there and smaller nods and cameo . The chance for Ben affleck on legends of tomorrow and flash are as slim than Downey jr on Agents of Shield , even if still possible

      As an example , it wouldnt be that hard to imagine tv flash traveling to the bvs universe and cities for one episode, and yet meeting mostly if not only some of the support cast .

      • Matches Malone

        The point is that you wouldn’t have Afflecks Batman on Legends Of Tomorrow, but you could have “A” Batman from that world in the multivese. Supergirl had already had a casting call for an actor to play Superman IIRC.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Yeah, lets see if dc will have enough balls to do a CRISIS multi-arc sometimes in the 2020’s. Be more like Marvel, GO BIG, or GO HOME.

    • Whatsupdoc

      Be more like Marvel? If DC tries to be like Marvel they will most likely fail. We need more variety, not more of the same.

    • Новица Чворовић

      what exactly marvel did big? they say every show and movie is connected but they refuse to bring tv characters to movies? you can’t count big gotg and ant man… they don’t have to do crisis why would they keep everything seperate… and who can predict that these tv show will still be around in 2020

  • jollybrah

    I agree, seeing the Gustin Flash in this universe would be so weird. They just don’t go together right. I’m looking forward to seeing Ezra give give his take on the Flash.

  • Dayman

    It was a polite way to say that he can’t act for s#$. Gustin seems like a good guy and he is very likable but the dude’s acting abilities are very limited. I am a DC guy but I think that Marvel’s series have better actors. The only DC television property that has a good cast is Gotham in my opinion, but I hate the writing there…

  • Investigatin Detective

    I love the show and I agree that rolling him into the movies would be a bit off but it’s the casting of Barry in the movies that bothers me. Cannot stand Ezra Miller and would be a lot more excited if they cast almost anyone else.

  • Foreign Geek

    We fans are all kinda fanatic, crazy…but those wanting to see the TV versions of heroes on the big screen really need to check that stuff. My crazy stuff is that as much as I love the new Superman outfit…THERE IS NO FREAKING ‘S’ ON THAT GORAM CAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!