It looks like The Flash is overcoming a softening of reviews and a softening of projections. The day before widespread release it is on track for $155-165 million worldwide, with $70 million or more from North America alone. With Spider-Man and Transformers into their second week, it hasn’t got huge competition. It opens against Disney/Pixar’s Elemental and horror-comedy The Blackening. Meanwhile, James Gunn has continued his trademark openness about Superman when appearing on the Inside of You podcast with Michael Rosenbaum.
He spoke to Smallville‘s Lex Luthor turned podcaster about Superman: Legacy. Last week we echoed the reports in the trade press that in-person tests with Safran and Gunn were about to take place this week, and that Nicholas Hoult, David Corenswet, and Tom Brittney were the final three in the frame for Superman, whilst Emma Mackey, Rachel Brosnahan, and Phoebe Dynevor were the shortlist for Lois Lane.
Not so, says Gunn. He was fairly direct about how incorrect these reports are. Well, we stand corrected! Here is what he had to say:
“Now that we’ve kind of done a lot of auditions, we’re narrowing it down. We’re not done yet. There are things in there that are completely false, but I can’t go out there and say, ‘Oh this isn’t true, and this isn’t true’ without going through everything.
And by the way, it’s not the audience’s – at this point, I don’t think it’s the business of anyone who is screen-testing for a role. That is a very private thing. Journalists have to do what they have to do. That’s their job. They’re trying to get hits.
They find out some things from agencies, but here’s the problem – is that they find out some things from agencies that might be true. They find out other things from agencies, which are agencies pushing their clients and trying to pump it up, like ‘I think my client is testing!’
There’s a lot of nonsense that comes out of it, and that’s difficult because there’s people out there that are supposedly testing that aren’t, and that must be difficult for them as people. And there’s other people that might be testing… and I think it’s a private thing between me and them.”
Gunn sticks to his line, don’t believe anything you hear at all unless it comes direct from Safran or him, and when they can tell us what is going on they will. Gunn also confirmed he will move from Superman: Legacy directly onto season 2 of Peacemaker.
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