Flash Movie Editor blames one thing for the delayed release – The Direct | Episode Movies

Warner Brothers’ The Lightning had more than enough trouble before its debut for the DCU, but its delay could be due to a specific reason.

Originally announced as in development nearly a decade ago, The Lightning has faced one unfortunate roadblock after another as it seeks to finally hit theaters in 2023. From multiple personnel changes in the director’s chair to the spreading public troubles surrounding star actor Ezra Miller, concerns about the film continued to grow as the DC Universe struggled to be more positively received.

While fans got their first look at it The Lightning At DC FanDome 2021, the Scarlet Speedster’s first cinematic adventure was largely kept under wraps. But what excites fans the most is that Warner Bros. is finally on track to release the film in full, continuing three more appearances for the character, and giving Barry Allen his first experience as a lead character.

Now, in addition to the more public news surrounding this film, The LightningThe editor of has shared another reason the highly-anticipated outing is taking so long to complete.

The Flash editor reveals a big reason for the delay

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In conversation with IBC, The Lightning Editor Paul Machliss revealed new information about a new technology being used on the film, causing the release date to be delayed.

Although he could not reveal anything about the film, the new technology should be able to do so “Bringing multiple versions of the same actor to the screen” unlike other films that have done similar things. This will be especially big for Warner Bros. as The Lightning will be the first film on such a large scale to use the new technology on screen.

The Flash will use at least two different versions of Barry Allen’s heroes and will spotlight a darker version of the Scarlet Speedster, who is rumored to have a more villainous role. This technology will help to best visualize each of Ezra Miller’s roles as the actor interacts with himself in front of the camera:

“Nothing. No, it’s going to be exciting. I mean, Warners asked us to make the best possible film. What I can say is that we’re going to use … We’re the first film to use a very, very new technology, to bring multiple versions of the same actor onto the screen instead of either locked cameras or even the motion controls we used in [Last Night in Soho]. There’s been a development with some wonderful technology that I’d like to talk about right now, but by this time next year when the film is out we can get into really good detail. But it’s very, very exciting and I’m very pleased to say that we’re the first, certainly on a film of this scale, to use it. Probably why it actually took so long to finish. But it’s worth the wait as it looks amazing.”

Barry Allen, The Flash, Ezra Miller
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Machliss also praised the way Matt Gauci of Vivid, a tech company that helped work on the film, “designed a whole new system from scratch.” This allows small parts to be taken out and reinserted, and the team can feed close-ups directly into the team’s monitors, allowing for easy editing and freedom of movement for any shots required.

He encouraged the use of a system called Moxian, a “Cloud tool usually for directors” and other film professionals to view footage as it is being developed. Once the footage is cut, it will be uploaded immediately “to the cloud, and it’s available to everyone” who may need access to it in the production team.

Machliss looked back on his experience with director Andy Muschietti, who he convinced to let him use the new technology while he was making the film, before realizing how useful it was to his work:

“No no no. Because, I think — I mean, bless him. Andy Muschietti, who’s a fantastic director, but when I explained to him what I had, he said, ‘No, no, no, I don’t care Things like that. I don’t need to be on set…” I said, “I’ll tell you what, give me two weeks. If you don’t like what I’ve done, if it doesn’t help in two weeks, then I’m going back to editing , and you’ll never see me until we can hook up for the director’s cut . He said, ‘Okay.’ Of course I don’t do much on the first day. I collect the media and put things together. And of course I show it to Andy the next morning and it’s like he suddenly realizes how useful this tool is, as do the producers. Me mean some of them think I basically just turned lead to gold they were just so impressed, not just the reversal but how it affects the director, how it affects how they change or adapt to that can adjust what they’re doing, look at yesterday’s work and even start looking at other takes, and… especially when you’re shooting a scene over several days. And that was very exciting. Of course, after two weeks, he said, ‘ What do you think?'”

Despite this shoot being so extensive, Machliss shared how much he loves to be “in the trenches” Work on editing all the footage and get to know every moment in depth. This ultimately helps when he puts the entire film together months after filming ended, remembering every piece of footage and scene that made it into the database:

“So something as big as a movie like ‘The Flash’ then takes six to seven months to shoot. And suddenly you go to all the shooting locations, not just on the sound stage, but on night shoots, the whole range … That’s very nice, because you’re accepted as part of the crew and of course you do these crew hours, you don’t do editing, you do just come in gently in the morning and leave at night and all that stuff “So you’re in the trenches. But actually I have to say I’m enjoying this after spending many years in dark basements. It’s really invigorating for me… And what happens is that you get almost every shot, and that’s what happens as an editor, you get to know every take of every scene, but when you’re there it pays off tremendously because you’re in the editing room with the director for months Later, when you’re shooting a scene, you’re like, ‘But ah yeah, remember the day you thought the second one was better and I thought the fourth one had something in it, and look at that on.’ And so you have this memory… and that’s what you do as an editor, you learn to amass massive amounts of information as you put together a film, so you can do that “Did build my relationship with Andy during that time, so he and I were pretty good when we got to editing. But also just getting a whole knowledge of the film. That was essential.”

He has been constantly busy working on this film since February 2021 and has noticed that “It will be February next year” when everything is complete. And since technology is so helpful to him on this film, he wants to make sure he does the same for future projects on his schedule:

“Well, it’s one of those things I never really thought I would do until I was invited. And I mean, it’s tremendously exciting. I started in February 2021 and I’m still doing it. It’s still not quite finished. But I think by the time me and my co-editor Jason Ballantine are done with that, it will probably be February next year. It won’t be out until the end of July, but it’s just amazing to be working on something of this scale with such a budget, but also using this kind of technology that… like I said, the producers have… one of them just said : ‘I will never work on future productions in this way again.’ And that’s great, just being a catalyst and maybe getting more people to join this experience.”

For reference, The Lightning had six different release dates over the years, which are listed below:

  • March 23, 2018
  • March 16, 2018
  • July 1, 2022
  • June 3, 2022
  • November 4, 2022
  • June 23, 2023

Will delays pay off for The Flash?

Considering Flash is one of DC’s iconic heroes, especially one that requires top-notch special effects, this new technology will be an aspect of the film that fans will be keeping a close eye on. Rumors even suggest that multiple versions of Ezra Miller’s main character are involved in the story, which could make the new technology even more necessary to tell the story properly.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many concrete details about what the technology was used for in the film and how it will feed into the story, which already includes some massive events like Michael Keaton’s Batman coming to the DCU for the first time. But with the marketing campaign hopefully launching in the next few months, many are hoping those details will become clearer soon.

The Lightning is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2023.

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