No Origin Film for Flash/Aquaman

No Origin Film for Flash/Aquaman

Batman v Superman is right around the corner, and following that will be Suicide Squad later in the year. As the DC films ramp up in releases we’ll be seeing things like Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman standalone films and of course the team up film Justice League.

Some interesting comments have come from producer Charles Roven recently that indicate while solo films are in the works, they aren’t necessarily all going to be origin tales. In this case he was speaking specificially about Flash and Aquaman, stating that those respective films won’t be origin tales, and will instead simply pick up each character and run with an established setting.

This approach seems consistent with the upcoming take on Batman, with him being an older, established vigilante with a detailed history before audiences are even introduced to him.

Dropping the origin tale on the expectation that audiences are already familiar enough with these characters is certainly efficient in that it allows the films to delve straight into their cross over event or the stories they might wish to tell straight away rather than building up to, but at the same time it glosses over a significant opportunity in bringing this universe together on screen, and reflecting on each character prior to the big events.

Batman seems to make more sense given the recent Dark Knight trilogy, but Aquaman and Flash aren’t so well known. If the characters appear in Justice League beforehand however, that might be enough, we’ll have to wait and see!

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.