Justice League Director Zack Snyder Explains Why Grant Gustin isn’t The Flash in His Movies


From director Zack Snyder (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen) comes the highly anticipated Justice League: Part One film which will assemble DC Comics’ greatest heroes. Starring Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Wonderwoman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Amber Heard (Queen Mera) and JK Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), the film is scheduled for theatrical release November 10, 2017.

While speaking with the NY Daily News, director Zack Snyder commented on why the upcoming movie universe he’s crafting opted to not use Grant Gustin from The CW’s hit series The Flash in any of the big screen DC Comics films, including Batman V. Superman or Justice League: Part One.

Arrow -- "The Brave and the Bold" -- Image AR308a_0178b -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

“I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world. Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse (idea), so it’s just not a thing that’s possible,” said Snyder.

Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will play The Flash in Snyder’s cinematic universe while Gustin will remain on the small screen as part of The CW’s television DC Comics universe, which includes Supergirl and Arrow.


Personally, this is the one area of DC Comics’ TV and film adaptations that bugs me the most and at least Marvel is doing it correctly by having their films and shows share the same characters and actors. The Marvel TV shows are dark as hell (see Jessica Jones and Daredevil) while the films tend to have a lighter tone and it works just fine. Gustin to me, IS The best Flash and it’s a shame DC Comics doesn’t have a dedicated film studio like Marvel to properly construct a shared TV and film universe.

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