Ezra Miller Wants a Darker Tone and Takes a Turn Penning THE FLASH Script With Grant Morrison

THE FLASH has been in development Hell for several years now. It has been through multiple directors as well as several scripts. The most recent script is by SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who have been set to direct the movie since January 2018.

However, lead actor Ezra Miller is said to not be a fan of the more lighthearted script by Daley and Goldstein. Because of this, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller wants "a darker take on the material" so he and comic book writer Grant Morrison have teamed up to write a new script. THR writes:

"Miller is taking a stab at writing the script for the Warner Bros. project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He has teamed up with Grant Morrison, the acclaimed comics author, to pen a draft that could determine if he stays on as star, playing crimefighter Barry Allen...

"The two sides have been working on compromises since last year but Miller took the initiative to tackle the story himself. He partnered with Morrison, with Warners hiring the two to script their take. It is a rare move for an actor to be so invested in a superhero project that they switch hats, but Miller sees himself as deeply committed to the character....

"The script could be submitted to the studio as early as next week.

"But there could be a lot riding on it. If Warners chooses against Miller's take on the hero, the actor could part ways with the project. Additionally, and fittingly for a hero who races to beat the clock, there is a countdown scenario here as well: according to one insider, Miller’s holding deal on Flash expires May."

In all honesty, this sounds like a last second Hail Mary attempt by Miller and Morrison to get a script in place the actor likes more than the one it currently has by Daley and Goldstein, and so the movie can finally get into production. Yet, at the same time, Miller wanted a darker tone sounds like something the studio just isn't interested in anymore in the aftermath of the success of their tonally less dark films like WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, and next month's SHAZAM!.

This could signal the end of Miller as the Flash on the big screen, which many fans would see as being a damn shame as Miller was one of the few bright spots in a terrible JUSTICE LEAGUE movie.