Hey gang! Green Lantern co-producer and writer Greg Berlanti has given an update on the Warner Bros. two upcoming DC Comics films The Flash and Green Lantern 2. He had some pretty interesting things to say about these movies, especially The Flash which sounds like it's going to be a pretty dark movie. First he goes on to give an update on the films saying,
We are working on the treatment for the second film actually, we just started working on that with the same guys who I did the original with. (Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim) Those two guys are also writing a script based on a treatment we wrote for 'The Flash,' so that's my involvement with DC right now is the script for 'The Flash' and the treatment for 'GL2'.
He then goes on to talk about some of the really interesting stuff, in which he reveals that while constructing The Flash they were inspired by the incredible dark classic films Se7en and Silence of the Lambs.
GL' is always a bit lighter than that on earth but mixed with a twinge of the space opera, which has its own epic qualities to it. 'Flash' as we're getting into it is interesting, too. Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened. I think it's tonally somewhere in between 'GL' and 'Dark Knight.' It's actually a little bit darker than when we were working on ('GL), because you're dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you're working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about 'Se7en' or 'The Silence of the Lambs' as we construct that part of Barry's world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.
I find it really interesting that the world of The Flash is going to be dark. I wasn't expecting that, but I like where they are going with it because it makes perfect sense. As for what aspects of The Flash comic book mythology will make it into the first movie he goes on to say,
A third thing I'd throw at you is alternate dimensions, so it's true that we want to find the things that make it… With 'GL,' we used to say there's a space opera component and then there's the down on earth. In 'The Flash,' there's the sci-fi component and there's the crime component and it's fitting those two things together, and the sci-fi thing, we obviously want to nail that and honor that and do that in a way that feels visceral and real and cool and probably more in the tone of 'The Matrix" films or things like that. I always think of 'The Flash' stories where he met Jay Garrick and knows there was Earth Prime and things like that. There's an avenue for these films to broaden the DC Film Universe in that way, so that's the hope.
As for Berlanti directing The Flash, this is something that hasn't been decided yet, he's just focused on the script right now. Once that is finished he'll sit down with Warner Bros. and decide what is best for the movie.
It's so hard when you're working on the material, the script too, because if I thought about it just as a director I would freak myself out but when I think about it just as a writer, we try so many different things. It's like, 'I don't even know how we're going to do that but what if we did this or what if we showed this?' It's more freeing and liberating so I haven't really thought beyond the script right now for it.
So we've got a Flash movie that will have elements from Se7en, Silence of the Lambs and The Matrix. This is shaping up to be a pretty awesome sounding film!
So what do you all think about what Berlanti had to say about The Flash?