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Batman: The Brave and The Bold Finds Director in The Flash's Andy Muschietti

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold has lined up The Flash's Andy Muschietti to direct, Variety reports today.

“We saw The Flash; even before taking the reins at DC Studios, and knew we were in the hands of not only a visionary director but a massive DC fan,” DCU co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran said in a statement to Variety. “It’s a magnificent film – funny, emotional, thrilling – and Andy’s affinity and passion for these characters and this world just resonates through every frame. So, when it came time to find a director for ‘The Brave and the Bold,’ there was really only one choice. Luckily, Andy said yes. Barbara [Muschietti] signed on to produce with us and we were on our way. They’re an extraordinary team, and we couldn’t have better or more inspiring partners as we embark on this thrilling new adventure in the DCU.”

Additionally, THR reports that Andy and Barbara Muschietti have signed first-look deals with Warner Bros., doubling down on the relationship between the studio and the producing duo.

The news isn't entirely a shock, as rumors (that originated on OneTakeNews) had been swirling about Muschietti being the top choice for the gig for weeks. But with today's report, it seems like the news is official.

That news comes the same night that Muschietti's The Flash hits theaters in preview showings, marking a reset for the DCU that's now being overseen by Gunn and Safran. Gunn and Safran announced Batman: The Brave and the Bold back in January when they revealed their revamped DCU.

The Brave and the Bold is inspired by Grant Morrison’s comic series and will follow Bruce Wayne's biological son Damian, who was raised in secret to be an assassin.

"He’s a little son of a bitch. He’s my favorite Robin," Gunn previously said about the character.

This is only the second director appointment that's been confirmed in regards to the new movies that were revealed in January. The first one was Gunn himself, who's both writing and directing Superman: Legacy, the first movie of Gods and Monsters. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny's James Mangold, meanwhile, previously confirmed he's writing Swamp Thing and is rumored to direct.

Prior to The Flash, Andy Muschietti was best known for directing It and It: Chapter Two. Both Muschiettis are currently producing It spinoff Welcome to Derry for Max.


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Alex Stedman is a Senior News Editor with IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she's not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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