During a recent interview for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original writers of the first “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” film, shared intriguing details about their scrapped pitch for a DC Universe project. The writers, known for their creative brilliance in films like “The LEGO Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” were originally hired to develop a treatment for “The Flash” movie back in 2015. However, due to creative differences with Warner Bros. and DC, they ultimately stepped down from the project.
“The Flash” has had a tumultuous development cycle since its announcement in 2014. Numerous writers have come and gone, including Seth Grahame-Smith, who left the project due to creative discrepancies. Additionally, the film’s development was closely tied to the vision of filmmaker Zack Snyder, who was then shaping the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) with films like “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Lord and Miller had the opportunity to examine Zack Snyder’s plans for the DCEU and incorporate them into their treatment for “The Flash.” However, as the creative process unfolded, creative differences arose between Lord, Miller, Warner Bros., and DC. These differences ultimately led to the writers stepping down from the project.
Lord and Miller’s treatment for “The Flash” ventured into uncharted territory by delving into the realm of time travel. Their vision, however, differed from the multiverse approach seen in “The Flash” movie. Miller explained, “It did involve time travel, but it was not a multiversal story. So I think it is safe to say that this is its own unique thing.”
Interestingly, Lord hinted at a peculiar aspect of their treatment, stating, “A lot of our treatment was about how much food he had to consume.” While this snippet may seem unusual at first, it suggests that Lord and Miller were keen on exploring the physical demands of superhuman abilities. The concept of a speedster requiring an immense caloric intake to sustain their powers could have added a fascinating layer of realism and humor to the story.
While it is unfortunate that Lord and Miller’s The Flash treatment never came to fruition, it is still interesting to hear about what their vision for the film was. It would have been a very different take on the character, and it is possible that it would have been a hit with fans.
The Flash movie has now been released and is underperforming at the box office. It is unclear if the film will be able to recoup its budget. However, it is still possible that Lord and Miller’s treatment could be adapted into a future film.
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