Hold My Beer
In the race to make a bigger mess of beloved properties than Lucasfilm is currently managing over at Disney, Warner Bros. is a front runner.
The unholy mess that is the DCEU, with franchise entries half-in, half-out, undefined yet connected with several sequels-not-sequels in flight can only be described as a total clusterfuck.
One property that has been suffering a perpetual failure to launch is The Flash. Multiple writers and directors have come and gone from the project.
Even the film’s lead star Ezra Miller tried to work on the screenplay. At last, report though the film seemed to have moved forward again with IT director Andy Muschietti attached, and a screenplay by Bumblebee and Birds Of Prey scribe Christina Hodson.
Miller, ever keen to talk up his own career, this week confirmed that both The Flash and the third Fantastic Beasts movie are definitely coming.
In recent months, it was sometimes questioned if he would retain the role of The Flash. However, when asked what’s next for him, he says:
“Well, I’ll tell you the ones that I can tell you about, because they’re absolutely confirmed. [They] are Fantastic Beasts 3… The Flash movie…I’m making more music with Sons of an Illustrious Father, the band I’m in. And I’m also making some music on my own.”
In related DC news, one project much closer to reality is Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) which has already wrapped principal photography.
In a new interview with Total Film (via Screen Rant), Hodson has described the film as a standalone story, therefore adding to the confusing nature of the DCEU. It won’t be a direct sequel or a spin-off from Suicide Squad.
“Obviously, yes, it’s a character we have met before, but it’s really its own story, and that’s kind of how I approached it. I just tried to take myself off-leash. I fell in love with this character, and then all of these other new characters. And I just created a brand new story that felt like its own thing, and that doesn’t have to feel like it follows one or the other.”
So the DCEU is disbanded unless you are Wonder Woman and Aquaman? Yet, Justice League’s The Flash will get a stand-alone while nobody knows what is happening to the Man Of Steel sequel?
October’s Joker is entirely standalone with no connection to any previous films. Patty Jenkins has tried to invoke Indiana Jones and James Bond for her Wonder Woman 1984 in claiming its not a sequel, more of a stand-alone adventure.
Then there is James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad which will be a sequel to the original but will also retool and reset the Universe. Lurking out there somewhere is also Matt Reeves’ The Batman which will apparently follow its own self-contained continuity.
See. What a complete mess!
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) opens February next year.