The Flash, that quick-witted and quick-footed superhero in yellow, has long been a key component of the Justice League. Which means when DC decided to try their hand at Marvel’s Cinematic Universe concept, a Flash movie was inevitable.
They cast the young and talented Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and it seemed like things were developing nicely.
Then everything started to fall apart. The script was being developed by one of Hollywood’s hottest creative teams, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and an upcoming untitled Han Solo movie), until they departed the project.
Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) was on board for a while, then left and was followed by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who also departed due to “creative differences,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Today, Variety reported that DC ordered Joby Harold (writer of the upcoming films King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Robin Hood) to do a page one rewrite of the Flash movie. The original script, which had been worked on by Grahame-Smith and, most recently, Famuyiwa, has been totally scrapped.
So where does it stand? Well, the film has no director and no screenplay, so for the moment it really only exists in the ephemeral world of DC fans’ dreams. Ezra Miller, who has been preparing to shoot the sequel to last year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has already appeared as Barry Allen in Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad. He’ll return in this year’s much-anticipated Justice League.
At this rate, though, it may be a while until The Flash gets his own feature film. The CW’s television version of the character has earned praise over its first three seasons, but will not be canonically related to the DC movie universe (unlike Marvel, who has cultivated a contiguous shared world of television and film).
Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer. But unlike The Flash, Hollywood sometimes moves at a glacial pace.