James Gunn had high hopes for the 2023 Ezra Miller starrer The Flash. With the movie being the first attempt at restoring the DCU, Gunn tried his best to forgo Zack Snyder’s vision and create an overhaul reboot of the franchise.
It wasn’t enough as the co-CEO of DC Studios was teased and trolled for his attempt at rebooting the DCU. With projections that The Flash is going to be a box office bomb, there are reports speculating that the movie will end up costing Warner Bros. Discovery a whopping $200 million loss.
James Gunn Gets Trolled For The Flash’s Failure
With projections and early reports indicating a failure, the Ezra Miller starrer was supposed to be an overhaul of the DCU. James Gunn, being the co-CEO of the DC Studios along with Peter Safran had quite high hopes for a spectacular run at the box office.
During the run of the movie, the box office collections seemed to collapse with each passing day. James Gunn being the director that pulled Guardians of the Galaxy from clutches of boredom and generalization, thought that he could also save The Flash from inevitable doom. Well, giving credit where credit is due, Gunn tried every tactic of advertising and marketing to try and make the sales but it seems that the case isn’t so.
Well, the box office collections aren’t great and the people cannot get enough of the trolling. Taking to Twitter, fans trolled the director and The Flash movie for its projected loss of $200 million!
#TheFlashMovie is projected to become one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, with Warner Bros. losing over $200M.
— One Take News (@OneTakeNews) July 5, 2023
Rest in piss
— Zay⚡️ (@rollupmywrist) July 5, 2023
Should’ve been straight to streaming, they made a bad decision, after the death of Snyderverse and all the drama with Ezra who also hasn’t been in anything worth watching other than perks of being a wildflower and just knowing the writing would be awful. This never stood a chance
— Oscar Jimenez (@Osc_91) July 5, 2023
That’s what happens when DC and Zaslav use Hawaiian criminals and BAD AI art CGI instead of hiring Grant Gustin to be the Flash.
BIG DOUBLE L for DC comics and Warner Bros.
Hope they love their franchise in flames! Hahahahahaha!!!!! 😆😆🤡🤡
— Animation 4 All | Owl House Forever (@Animation4All) July 5, 2023
W because that movie was pic.twitter.com/vFNEwEC8Gw
— Shikhar (@ParmarShikhar) July 5, 2023
All that money gone in a flash
— ShaneSaw M̷a̷s̷s̷a̷c̷r̷e (@FinalDude78) July 5, 2023
Although the movie received a rating of 7.2/10 on IMDB and a rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Flash received some acclaim due to the numerous cameos of various superheroes in the 2023 movie. Ironically enough, the director gave some constructive criticism on how Marvel Studios could perform better!
James Gunn Calls Out Marvel’s Mistake
In an interview, the director stated that even though he has worked for the MCU and the DCU, James Gunn does have a complaint that the MCU alongside the DCU needs to have a wider range of tones than a streamlined general narrative.
“Now that’s happening, it’s relatively new. The same thing with Marvel. I mean, even MCU is relatively new. So I don’t know if there’s any innate things about tone, because I think that what both MCU and DCU need to do is have a wider range of tones than they presently do. I think they work, but they could do a better job.”
With reviews and constructive criticism, James Gunn did try his best to promote The Flash but it did not reach the expectations of the people. The Flash is currently screening in theaters across the world.