'The Flash' Cinematographer Says "It's Not Really a Comic Book Movie"
Warner Bros. and DC Films have announced that they will give their DC Extended Universe Flash a movie of his own, which will revolve around Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) and is said to be influenced by the Flashpoint comic. The Flash (2022) is planning on incorporating themes from the comics, but cinematographer Henry Braham doesn't think of it as a comic book movie.
Braham lauded The Flash as "a complex movie" and "a fantastic concept" joining generations of comic book movies that have come before it to Collider. He said that "it's not really a comic book movie" and doesn't believe that "it'll ever come across as a superhero movie."
The cinematographer praises the cast for being "fantastic," especially actor Michael Keaton for being "a genius." It was previously announced that Keaton would reclaim the role of Batman and would join Miller and actor Ben Affleck, who will play the DCEU version of Batman as well.
"[The Flash is] going great. I mean, it's a complex movie, and it's a fantastic concept of bringing in the generations of these kind of comic books. Again, it's not really a comic book movie. It's not based in reality, but it’s a much more kind of technically complex — I think all the filmmakers are really keen that the technical complexity of the storytelling doesn't get in the way of just good quality filmmaking. Hopefully, I don't think it'll ever come across as a superhero movie. It will come across as a movie, and that's what it is. I think that's the way these things need to go. We need to be making great, great, great films that happen to have superheroes who have truthful characters behind them, with all the character flaws that we find in humanity," he said.
Braham expressed disinterest in working on movies that involve comic book media, saying that he's "not really interested in comic book movies" and prefers to work on films that "take (him) on a journey." He also mentioned that he's "lucky" to work on movies that he's interested in seeing and believes The Flash has "a massive scope." There seems to be a focus on storytelling as well as on technical elements from the cast and crew working on The Flash compared to touting the film as the next big superhero blockbuster.
The Flash races onto the big screen on November 4, 2022.