RUMOR: Andy Muschietti Directing The Brave and the Bold?

DC Studios has an awful lot of faith in a movie that’s tracking to underperform. The newest DC rumor is that Andy Muschietti, the director of The Flash, will also helm the next Batman film (outside of the sequel to The Batman and Joker: Folie à Deux), The Brave and the Bold. Muschietti directing Batman’s debut in James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DCU has been talked about for the past week or so, but today, One Take News claims to have confirmed it through “multiple sources.” When asked directly during a Fandango interview, Muschietti and his wife and producing partner Barbara answered noncommittally, but suggested this may be true:

But another rumor indicates that’s not the only Flash connection The Brave and the Bold will have; Twitter scooper MyTimeToShineHello says that screenwriter Christina Hodson will write the script for the film. In addition to The Flash, Hodson wrote the scripts for Birds of Prey and the canceled Batigirl, as well as the Transformers movie Bumblebee. has picked up the story, as have other sites.

Just how good is The Flash? We’ve had stories of everyone who’s seen it – from Tom Cruise and Stephen King to… James Gunn and David Zaslav – saying it’s one of the best comic book movies ever made, not that celebrities or people heavily invested in the film’s success would lie. But The Flash is tracking to make around $70 million domestically in its opening weekend, which is not good at all, especially considering the hefty price tag this movie has, not just because of the production itself and the heavy reshoots, but because it was shelved for so long. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie; we’ll only know when it opens in a little over a week. But clearly, Gunn and Safran see something in it that they like. Andy Muschietti doesn’t concern me; I loved It (both chapters), and if The Flash really is as good as it’s purported to be, he’ll deserve another crack at a DC property, at least from an artistic standpoint. But Christina Hodson’s track record is bad. Birds of Prey was awful, and Batgirl was deemed unfit to be released. I understand canceling Batgirl was a money-saving maneuver by a desperate company hemorrhaging cash, but how little faith did they have in that film not to take the chance of it recouping its costs and making even a slim profit? Again, The Flash must be spectacular for them to roll the dice on her a fourth time.

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