Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s The Flash Is “A Different Take On Superhero Stuff”


Lord also discussed the animated Spider-Man movie that he and Miller have been tasked with by Sony:

We’re sort of juggling superheroes with the color red in them, that’s all we do. [laughter] We’re trying not to confuse their powers or anything, but it does get tricky. But it’s the same thing, is there a way to do one of these movies in a new way? That’s the exciting thing about it being animated, is it opens up a lot of different possibilities.

Chris and I like to carve out spaces where people will let us do what we want. So much of our careers are like “oh, no one will bother us while we try to make a 21 Jump Street movie, because it’s such a crazy idea, no one’s going to know what to do with it.” So we’re doing these things kind of like that. They’re part of these huge franchises, but kind of are off a little bit to the side, and that gives us a lot of creative freedom, and that’s the thing we love. Hopefully we won’t waste that!

It’s true that news of Sony’s animated Spidey project was met with confusion and a fair amount of derision, with many suggesting the studio had screwed up live-action takes on the character so much that they decided animation was the only safe route forward. With Lord and Miller on board, though, it could be very exciting to see how the webslinger translates to cartoon form. Some of the best Spider-Man stories have been told on the small screen through kid-targeted ‘toons like The Spectacular Spider-Man and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

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