Barry Allen is getting some spiffy new spandex.
Warner Bros. and DC teased “The Flash” at Saturday’s DC FanDome, bringing out Ezra Miller, the actor who plays the speedster on screen, and showing concept art for the character’s new and improved suit. The new duds are courtesy of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire brainiac best known for donning Batman’s cape and cowl, and the man who designed Barry’s costume.
“It’s more organic, you can see light embedded in it,” said director Andy Muschietti. The exciting news for fanboys and fangirls is that “The Flash” will introduce the concept of the multiverse — allowing various iterations of DC heroes from both the big and small screen to interact in one narrative adventure.
“All of these stories and characters can start to collide,” said screenwriter Christina Hodson, adding. “The cinematic multiverse is going to be born out of this movie.”
To that end, “The Flash” will include appearances by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton, who will reprise their roles of Batman despite having played the caped crusader in different films across different decades. It’s worth noting that the Batman appearing alongside Miller in the concept art above looks a lot like Keaton’s version of the Dark Knight.
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The film, the first standalone adventure for the Flash after an appearance in “Justice League” and a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it cameo in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will deal with time travel, with Muschietti promising a film that will deliver both heart and humor.
Miller, calling in from coronavirus quarantine, was sporting a beard and long hair that made him look like he was trying out for the lead role in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He also offered up tongue-in-cheek “Flash facts.” Example: Superman is a vegetarian who likes Metallica (true, despite a few dalliances with hamburgers), and Muschietti was a production assistant on “Evita,” the 1996 Madonna musical (also, amazingly true).
Cameras have yet to roll on “The Flash,” but the production team gave a few hints about what action will unfold across the big screen, with Miller promising that the film will explore “the juxtaposition between [the Flash’s] vulnerability and his immense power.”
“The Flash” has been one of the longest-gestating DC film projects. The superhero’s standalone film has suffered numerous starts and stops as it was expected to hit theaters many years ago. After several delays, it is expected to begin shooting early in 2021.
Muschietti is best known for directing the recent “It” films. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were originally intended to direct the film, as was Rick Famuyiwa, but the oft-delayed films has cycled through many different filmmakers.
Producer Barbara Muschietti was also on the DC FanDome panel. The event is hyping DC’s films and television shows, teasing the likes of “Wonder Woman 1984” and “The Suicide Squad”
Miller attracted controversy right as the world went into coronavirus lockdown. In April, video surfaced online that showed the actor appearing to choke a woman at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. The actor never publicly addressed the incident. A source who was at the bar at the time of the confrontation, Prikið Kaffihús, said that there was a serious altercation and Miller was escorted off the premises.