The Flash Director Andy Muschietti Will Helm Batman Film The Brave and the Bold
This weeks Your Nerd Side Show:
The Flash director Andy Muschietti has officially been hired by Warner Bros. to be the director of the upcoming Batman movie, The Brave and the Bold, the film set within James Gunn and Peter Safran's upcoming DCU (while the Robert Pattinson Batman franchise will continue in its own distinct continuity). Barbara Muschietti, the sister of the director and his partner in the production company, Double Dream, will produce the movie alongside Gunn and Safran.
Warner Bros. had been rumored to have been interested in Muschietti for weeks now, but there were also rumors that the director was hoping first to perhaps do a sequel to The Flash. Instead, at least for the time being, he has locked in to working on one of the biggest films in Gunn and Safran's new vision for the DCU.
What did James Gunn and Peter Safron have to say about the Muschiettis?
Gunn and Safran noted to Variety, who broke the news of Muschietti's hiring, about their thoughts about the hire, “We saw ‘The Flash’; even before taking the reins at DC Studios, and knew we were in the hands of not only a visionary director but a massive DC fan. It’s a magnificent film – funny, emotional, thrilling – and Andy’s affinity and passion for these characters and this world just resonates through every frame. So, when it came time to find a director for ‘The Brave and the Bold,’ there was really only one choice. Luckily, Andy said yes. Barbara signed on to produce with us and we were on our way. They’re an extraordinary team, and we couldn’t have better or more inspiring partners as we embark on this thrilling new adventure in the DCU.”
Even before he directed The Flash, Muschietti was well established at Warner Bros. Discovery, as he directed both It films, which were monster hits for the company. So Gunn and Safran already know Muschietti can handle a franchise.
What is The Brave and the Bold about?
We won't know for sure what The Brave and the Bold is precisely about, as no screenwriter can be attached to the film during the Writers Guild of America strike (although rumors suggest that Muschieti will want to bring his The Flash writer, Christina Hodson, with him to this project, as well), but generally speaking, Gunn and Safran plan on the film to be an adaptation of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run.
That series spotlighted Bruce Wayne's son, Damian Wayne, as Robin. Dick Grayson was filling in for Bruce Wayne at the time as Batman, but the film version of Batman will almost assuredly be Bruce Wayne (as Batman and Robin later continued as a series when Bruce Wayne returned to be Batman again, with Damian continuing on as Robin).