Don’t Expect Ezra Miller’s The Flash Movie To Mimic Dawn Of Justice’s Dark And Gritty Tone


Next week – exactly seven days from now – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will descend on movie theaters across the globe, heralding the defining next step in Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe.

Shackled with an almost unprecedented level of expectation, there’s another key component that’s set to be driven home on March 25, and that’s the overarching tone of WB’s budding cinematic universe. Granted, director Zack Snyder is poised to uphold the realistic tropes found in 2013’s Man of Steel, but don’t expect other entires in the DCEU to be beholden to this tone.

Case in point: the Ezra Miller-fronted The Flash movie set for release in 2018.


Weighing up how each entry differs from one another was Snyder and his wife and producer Debra Snyder, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter recently about the ways in which those pieces will fall into place.

First up, Zack noted that:

The mandate is that we try and make the best movies we can. If you’re making a Flash movie with Ezra Miller, it’s like millennial Flash. It’s going to be a little lighter than making a World War I epic with this feminist icon like Wonder Woman. The films do live in a united universe. I feel like the danger is — and I think that the studio would acknowledge this — when you start to mimic things like tone. Then, when you go to the movie, you pretty much know the experience you’re going to have.

Bouncing off this, Debra Snyder referenced the likes of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and Patty Jenkins’ time-hopping Wonder Woman film as prime examples of this diversity.

Zack and [DC chief creative officer] Geoff Johns have outlined a timeline of where everybody is based off of, where our characters go in Justice League. So there’s a framework. But it’s filmmaker-driven, in that we want to hire direc­tors who still have a point of view and that have latitude because we don’t want all the movies to feel the same. David Ayer has a certain tone and feel to what he brought to Suicide Squad, as does Patty [Jenkins] to Wonder Woman. They have freedom to tell their story in the way that it needs to be told.

The Flash makes a beeline for theaters on March 16, 2018. Dawn of Justice, meanwhile, opens on March 25 of this year.