The Warner Bros. adaptation of The Flash could be a good deal darker than you might imagine a movie about a guy in red tights who runs really fast.
Co-writer Greg Berlanti says that he and Green Lantern collaborators Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim gravitate to some unexpected cinematic influences when discussing alter ego Barry Allen and his job as a forensic scientist.
“‘Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened,” Berlanti told SuperHeroHype. “I think it’s tonally somewhere in between GL and Dark Knight. It’s actually a little bit darker than when we were working on [GL], because you’re dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you’re working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about Se7en or The Silence of the Lambs as we construct that part of Barry’s world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.”
He goes on to note that The Flash, like Green Lantern, involves a blending of seemingly disparate elements.
“With GL, we used to say there’s a space opera component and then there’s the down on earth,” Berlanti said. In The Flash, there’s the sci-fi component and there’s the crime component and it’s fitting those two things together, and the sci-fi thing, we obviously want to nail that and honor that and do that in a way that feels visceral and real and cool and probably more in the tone of The Matrix films or things like that.
But it may not be all, um, viscera: Berlanti gives a nod to The Flash’s history of alternate-dimension adventures.
“I always think of The Flash stories where he met Jay Garrick and knows there was Earth Prime and things like that,” he said. “There’s an avenue for these films to broaden the DC Film Universe in that way, so that’s the hope.”
Berlanti added to the Los Angeles Times: “There’s an element of our society that feels like it’s on speed, for lack of a better word. There’s something very timely about the story of the Flash at this moment, Barry Allen’s story.”