“The Flash” TV series producer Greg Berlanti recently stated that given the chance, he will not step in as the director of the movie as he could “never direct a Flash movie that Grant Gustin wasn’t the lead of.”
The film, which recently lost its director, stars Ezra Miller as the Fastest Man Alive — a casting choice that received flak from fans who wanted Gustin to play the role on the big screen as well. During a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Berlanti was asked if he would be open to stepping in as the director of the film.
“No one’s discussed that with me, but I could never direct a Flash movie that Grant Gustin wasn’t the lead of,” he replied. “He’s my Flash.” As for the advice he would give whoever does end up in charge of that one, Berlanti added:
“We have three words above the door [of the Flash writers room]: “Heart, humor and spectacle. If you’re going to do something like The Flash, part of what made Barry Allen so great was that he was this guy in the middle of all these superheroes who couldn’t believe that he was there, and he loved it.”
“It was the first comic book character who made me cry. He died in Crisis on Infinite Earths saving everybody, and he was the last one anyone expected to save everyone, so inherent in this character was this heartbroken sadness and sacrifice, but at the same time this joy. That duality is something I’ve really latched on to in a lot of what I’ve done. This is the only Flash I’d know how to do.”
However, this doesn’t mean that the producer/showrunner is closed to the idea of taking that leap to the big screen. He teased that he may direct the Booster Gold movie for Warner bros, which is currently in the scripting stage.