Andy Muschietti and a Big New Challenge: After Flash’s Successful Debut, He’s Taking Over the Next Batman Movie
After Flash’s successful debut and receiving praise from some of the biggest people in the entertainment industry, the brothers Argentines Andy and Bárbara Muschietti will take charge of one of Warner’s most important bets. The director and the producer will be in charge of The Brave and the Bold, the project that will present a new version of Batman on the big screen.
Although his landing in the Batcave was a possibility that had been speculated on for some time, the good reception of the film by DC’s top speedster placed them precisely there, to tell the story of Bruce Wayne and his son Damian for the first time in the cinema.
The project is part of the expansion of the superhero universe being developed by DC Studios directors Peter Safran and James Gunn. In recent weeks, the director has been cautious and literally avoided talking about this project, despite the fact that in several of the interviews he gave – regarding the world premiere of Flash – asked him about the subject.
However, the news was released this Thursday by those responsible for the study. “We saw The Flash even before he took the reins at DC Studios, and we knew we were in the hands of not just a visionary director, but a huge DC fan,” Gunn and Safran said in a statement. Emotional, exciting, and Andy’s affinity and passion for these characters and this world just resonates with every frame.
So when it came time to find a director for The Brave and the Bold, there was really only one option. Fortunately, Andy said yes. Barbara signed on to produce with us and we were on our way. They are an extraordinary team, and we could not have better or more inspiring partners as we embark on this exciting new adventure in the DCU,” they added.
The Brave and the Bold proposes a new beginning: not only will it introduce a new Batman, but it will mark the landing in the cinema of one of the “new” DC characters that has achieved the most popularity in recent times: Damian, a pre-adolescent raised by the League of Assassins, son of Wayne and Talia al Ghul. The curious thing about the story is that Bruce finds out about him when the boy appears in his mansion to live with him. The character was created by screenwriter Grant Morrison and cartoonist Andy Kubert in 2006.
Although this is the first time that the Muschietti brothers will “install” in the Batcave, the truth is that they have already had contact in the universe Gotham’s masked hero. In fact, two of the most celebrated versions of Bruce Wayne appear in Flash: that of Michael Keaton and that of Ben Affleck.
It is not yet clear if the project already has a script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Flash writer Christina Hodson was one of the studio’s options, but she ultimately decided to move on to the Fast and Furious franchise. In addition, it is possible that the long strike carried out by film and television writers has made the search difficult.
“It is a very strange story of father and son,” Gunn summed up at a press conference in late January when announcing the film. Brave and the Bold is part of a new part within the DC Universe. This fresh start, masterminded by Gunn and Safran, will include other titles like Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing, and The Authority. Following in the footsteps of Marvel, DC decided to include the small screen in this new stage. There the series The Lanterns, Waller and Paradise Lost will be released, which will be part, like the film directed by Muschietti, of the Main DC Universe.
As reported, Robert Pattinson’s version of the Dark Knight -who will have his second film in 2025 – was described as a “DC Elseworlds story,” that is to say that its plot takes place in an alternative universe and outside the continuity that Gunn and Safran are trying to establish.
Despite the fact that today he is considered one of the most important film directors of superheroes, Andy Muschietti made his Hollywood debut in a different genre: he directed the horror film Mama in 2013. His two-part adaptation of It, the Stephen King classic, in 2017 and 2019, catapulted him into the big leagues.