James Gunn Says “The Flash” is One Of The Best Superhero Movies He’s Ever Seen
“Like it’s one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. [Director] Andy Muschietti did an amazing job.” This is what the new DC Studios Co-Chief James Gunn says about The Flash. This is a pretty incredible compliment coming from the director of two (soon to be three) Guardians of the Galaxy films and the man who helmed The Suicide Squad for DC. Gunn made this statement (and many more besides) when he and his DC Studios Co-Chief Peter Safran presented their plan for their new Unified DC Universe to the press on Tuesday. Whether or not Ezra Miller continues in his role as Barry Allen/The Flash going forward in the new DC is still unknown (he’s currently in recovery after a spate of incidents in 2022), but Gunn is enthused about what Miller, Muschietti, and the rest of The Flash team created with their film. And we’ll finally get our first glimpse of the movie when the trailer bows during the Super Bowl on February 12.
Although Gunn and Safran’s new DC Universe is going in a completely different direction than the previous iteration of Warner Bros.’ superhero realm, jettisoning projects that hadn’t yet begun filming (like Wonder Woman 3) and saying goodbye to big stars (Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman), there is a slew of upcoming DC films that were already wrapped and will hit theaters. Those include not only The Flash but Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. What’s interesting about The Flash is the film actually works within Gunn and Safran’s new vision, helping them “reset” the DC Universe because the movie is centered on Barry Allen speeding across the multiverse.
Considering director Andy Muschietti is a very talented guy (It and It: Chapter Two proved that) and that Miller, when healthy, has been wonderful as The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and that Michael Keaton reprises his role as Batman in the film, there always seemed a good chance the film could be special. Gunn certainly thinks so.
“Can I say one more thing? The Flash is f**king amazing,” Gunn said to reporters.
And while you could argue Gunn isn’t in a position to be super objective about any of the upcoming DC films he still needs to promote, he has been very honest and transparent this entire time. His enthusiasm for The Flash stands out.
The Flash races into theaters on June 23, 2023.
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Featured image: Ezra Miller (The Flash / Barry Allen). Courtesy HBO Max.