Batman: The Brave and the Bold will be directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash director.
The Flash, which debuted yesterday, is seeing a slowdown in initial projections from $75 million to $60 million for its 3-day opening under the direction of Andy Muschietti. Despite the film’s less-than-stellar box office numbers, Muschietti has been chosen by DC co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran to direct the upcoming Batman: The Brave and the Bold film. Deadline reports that Muschietti’s early lock-in for the project, which he has been circling for quite some time, was unexpected given the current writers’ strike.
In addition to being tapped to direct Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Andy Muschietti, along with his wife Barbara Muschietti, have signed independent multi-year first-look deals with Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Bros Television Group/Max through their Double Dream banner. The duo is presently working on the eagerly awaited IT prequel series, Welcome to Derry. Under their agreement with Warner Bros Television Group and Warner Bros Discovery’s Max, they will sustain their efforts in developing new television series for a range of platforms, Max and other external channels included.
Variety confirmed the report that Andy Muschietti had been chosen to direct Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Before assuming their roles as co-heads of DC Studios, James Gunn and Peter Safran witnessed Muschietti’s impressive direction of The Flash and admired his enthusiasm for the comics. They further expressed that the Muschietti pair are outstanding, and they’re excited to collaborate with them in the DC Universe.
Gunn and Safran discussed Batman: The Brave and the Bold during their DC day in late January, presenting their unique take on the DCU Batman, distinct from Matt Reeves’ creation in the $771M-grossing The Batman and its forthcoming sequel. The project is based on the comic series authored by Grant Morrison. The movie will reportedly center on Batman and his son, Damien Wayne, who, as Gunn teased earlier this year, will portray a rather difficult Robin character.
Batman: Brave and the Bold currently lacks a screenwriter, and Gunn and Safran have not indicated its expected release date or whether it will be part of their initial suite of productions. The pair’s inaugural slate, Gods and Monsters, will include both series and individual films featuring Superman: Legacy, a Wonder Woman prequel, and a Green Lantern series. Within this singular universe, despite the DCU’s multiverse nature, lesser-known characters such as Booster Gold and Swamp Thing will also be introduced.
Despite the underwhelming opening weekend box office figures of The Flash, which has been attributed to factors such as limited press appearances by its actors and previous controversies surrounding Ezra Miller, Andy Muschietti’s direction has received high praise. Critics have lauded his work, with many designating the film as one of the finest DC movies in recent years. It goes without saying that Batman: The Brave and the Bold is in good hands under his direction.
The Flash is now playing in theaters around the world and stars Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Irons, and Kiersey Clemons. In the film, Barry Allen leverages his extraordinary speed to alter the past with the aim of saving his family. However, his actions result in a world devoid of superheroes, prompting a desperate race against time to secure the future.