With the public eagerly anticipating the big showdown between DC Comics' heaviest hitters in the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” it’s easy to forget that the film will be a springboard to a larger “Justice League” franchise. Now, one of the more iconic heroes that will round out that team, the Flash, has reportedly found a director for his first standalone movie.
It’s worth mentioning at the top that “The Flash” movie is a separate and distinct project from the CW’s “Flash” TV series, which premieres its second season on Oct. 6. In the DC Comics and Warner Bros. movie universe, the character of Barry Allan will be played by Ezra Miller and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be directed by Seth Grahame-Smith. The outlet reports that the “Lego Batman” writer is in final negotiations to make his big-screen directorial debut with one of DC Comics’ most precious properties.
The script for the movie was penned by Grahame-Smith’s fellow “Lego” franchise employees Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed and wrote “The Lego Movie” in 2014. They were originally thought to be the front-runners for the “Flash” project, but their attention will instead be focused on helming the “Star Wars Anthology” film centered on Han Solo.
Although Grahame-Smith would be a novice movie director, he’s had some successful time in the metaphorical captain’s chair doing occasional episodes of the MTV series he co-created, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” Deadline reports that he and his collaborative partner, David Katzenberg, are returning to TV with a new comedy series called “The Day I Turned Uncool,” for NBC.
According to Variety, Barry Allan (aka The Flash), first appeared in print as a collaborative creation between writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert. The character was first put on the page in the “Flash Comics” issue No. 1 in 1940. The character will be introduced into the DC Comics movie universe by way of a small role in “Dawn of Justice.” His next on-screen appearance will be in “Justice League: Part One” in 2017. From there, he’ll split off and receive his own movie, theoretically directed by Grahame-Smith, set for release on March 3, 2018.
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