Ezra Miller is Clashing with THE FLASH Directors and Teams Up With Grant Morrison To Write a Darker Script
Looks like there’s some drama going on behind the scenes of The Flash. It was reported that directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ended up rewriting the script and apparently Ezra Miller isn’t very happy with it.
Daley and Goldstein are approaching the story with more of a light-hearted tone, which is what Warner Bros. was looking for. But Miller wants to go darker. So, he went and teamed up with acclaimed comics author Grant Morrison to write another script.
Warner Bros. is letting both parties work on their scripts. When they are done the studio will choose what script they want to move forward with. According to THR:
The two sides have been working on compromises since last year but Miller took the initiative to tackle the story himself. He partnered with Morrison, with Warners hiring the two to script their take. It is a rare move for an actor to be so invested in a superhero project that they switch hats, but Miller sees himself as deeply committed to the character.
There’s a lot at stake here because if WB chooses not to move forward with Miller and Morrison’s script, the actor could end up dropping out of the project. The report goes on to say that there is “a countdown scenario here as well: according to one insider, Miller’s holding deal on Flash expires May.” So, he could easily walk away from the project.
With WB and DC taking their comic book films in a new direction that focuses more on standalone stories rather than a connected universe, I guess it doesn’t really matter if they lose Miller. They can just replace him with another actor and make the movie. It’s not like the film will really be tied to Justice League anyway.
Personally, I like Daley and Goldstein’s style. I enjoy the fun elements that they bring to their films. The script they wrote for Spider-Man: Homecoming was fantastic and a good example of that. Miller seems to be holding on to Zack Snyder’s darker vision of the DC universe, which is fine, but ever since WB has ditched the darkness, the films have been much better.
If WB goes with Miller’s script, There’s no word on if Daley and Goldstein will still direct. If they are clashing with Miller on the story and tone of the film, I imagine that it wouldn’t be very productive to have them all working on the same project. In the end, it seems like the studio is going to have to choose between the actor or the directors.
It’ll be interesting to see how all this plays out. Studio insiders say that the script that Miller and Morrison are writing could be turned in next week, so I guess we’ll find out the outcome of this soon.
What kind of Flash movie would you like to see? A darker take on the character or a more fun and playful take?