DC’s insiders see Andy Muschietti’s The Flash as comparable to Christopher Nolan’s Batman masterpiece The Dark Knight. That’s a lot to take in. ComicBook.com has reported that is how people within DC see Ezra Miller’s upcoming DC film.
I mean, comparing it to one of the best DC films of all time is really setting a high bar. Currently, Rotten Tomatoes ranks The Dark Knight with a 94% on the Tomatometer and it has a 94% audience score.
Audiences not just consider Nolan’s film as one of the best superhero film, but as one of the best films ever made. The film alone has so many awards and nominations that the list has its own wikipedia page.
The Flash Film? Could It Be As Good As The Dark Knight
Now people inside DC are saying that they can see that The Flash could be compared to The Dark Knight. This is really pushing up the hype. Nevertheless, this is good news.
However, we might be expecting too much from it. Still, Variety describes the film could be a massive sensation:
Director Andy Muschietti is hot off of the It movies, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are returning as Batman, and the plot hinges on time travel and multiverses, two of the hottest things going in superhero storytelling. Studio insiders haven’t been this excited for Warner Bros. superhero movie since The Dark Knight movies. In fact, almost everything about The Flash points to a massive summer sensation. Almost.
For sure that many fans are excited to see Michael Keaton return as Batman. Additionally, it is going to be interesting to see him face Ben Affleck’s version.
And personally, I am excited to see Affleck return as Batman for the reason that he did enjoy working on the project. But the progress on the film has been worrisome.
The Flash is going through a lot of issues and has gone through a lot of reshoots. Production has been delayed so many times that I’ve lost count.
Not to mention that Miller’s legal issues also get in the way of getting the film promoted properly. Some people even called to shut down the film indefinitely because of Miller’s participation which was not a good sign for the movie.
Variety follows it up with negatives about the film, which focuses more on the lead star:
Starting in 2020, “The Flash” star Ezra Miller has been an engine for disturbing headlines, including a video of the actor choking a woman outside a bar, arrests for harassment and assault, and multiple allegations of abuse. In August, the actor issued a general apology “to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior,” faulting “complex mental health issues” and noting that they remain in “ongoing treatment.” That may have quelled the immediate storm, but to date, Miller’s “past behavior” is the only thing many people know about the actor — a terrible place to start for a studio that needs to sell its star as an aspirational superhero.
Ezra Miller’s The Flash Has A Lot Riding On It
Warner Bros Discovery has a lot riding on this project. Even before Discovery bought WarnerMedia, the expectations towards the film were already high. But Miller’s actions and the corporate buyout affected so much of the film’s development that we wonder what the turnout is.
Reports say that Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot filmed scenes for The Flash, but recently these shots did not successfully pass the cutting table. I mean, this was on track to be the return of the Justice League if that was true.
WBD CEO David Zaslav has made a ton of changes to make sure the DC Extended Universe survives. Unfortunately, once Zaslav appointed James Gunn and Peter Safran as the head of DC Studios, it seemed that the established DC Universe was in question.
I do look forward to seeing The Flash, and I do hope that it does live up to the hype. Is it comparable to The Dark Knight? That’s something we still have to see.
What do you think? Do you think that The Flash could be one of DC’s finest moments?
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