Warner Bros. and DC continued their announcements today, after previously in the week announcing Joss Whedon as the writer/director for “Batgirl“; today Geoff Johns – the head honcho in the DCEU – made the following announcement:
“We are happy to announce, that “The Flash” movie now has a new writer and director: Darren Aronofsky. We couldn’t be happier to have a visionary filmmaker of Darren’s calibre in charge of this property, and he has our full support in making the most gritty, realistic and badass Flash-adventure possible.”
This is the first time in a long time, that “The Flash” has had any kind of positive news attached to it – previous ones being mostly of other directors and screenwriters trying to adapt the character to no prevail. The character himself will be again played by Ezra Miller, who already cameoed in “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and is one of the featured characters in this years’ “Justice League“.
Aronofsky sounds pretty excited about the film – he IS no stranger to attempting a comic book-adaptation; after all he WAS attached to “The Wolverine” for a long time before stepping off from that one and James Mangold taking over. “I really dig the potential for some real psychodrama here”, he said. “The story of a young man getting superpowers right at the mix of trying to find proof that could set his father free from being imprisoned. That sounds like the makings of some true tragedy there.” And there are possibilities to revisit some themes from his previous works, such as “Requiem for a Dream” as well: “I think having superpowers can cause addiction as any other drug. There are all kinds of interesting possibilities here”.
While mostly everything else is being kept under wraps, Johns DID say that Ben Affleck will most likely reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. “I think you could describe him as a reluctant mentor of sorts. It’s a continuation of what begins in ‘Justice League’. He lost one protege [Robin] a long time ago, but he sees something in this kid that could possibly fix some of those old wounds.”
No official release date has been set yet.