I had enough time to search through the rubble The Lightningit’s become clear that putting too much faith in the long-running comic book adaptation was the worst thing that could have happened to Warner Bros.
The only constant throughout the entire debacle was star Ezra Miller, who spent nearly a decade in development hell, leaving numerous writers and directors in distress along the way. He ended up sparking several firestorms as his highly publicized personal problems dominated all the headlines.
Despite the red carpet rollout and lauding support from James Gunn, Stephen King, Tom Cruise and Jaden Smith, to name just a few of the many supporters, all of these advance screenings have ironically made it clear that this is the case The Lightning wasn’t nearly as good as we were repeatedly told.
This led to the Scarlet Speedster’s solo debut being a smash hit at the box office and inadvertently earning a reputation as one of the biggest bombs of all time as the hype machine suffered a real malfunction before immediately exploding and shattered into a million pieces.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the vicious misfire also flopped on streaming, with its first appearance on the Nielsen Rankings paint a damning picture. With a running time of a paltry 392 million minutes, it barely managed to surpass Netflix’s terrible blockbuster heart of stonehis animated adventure The Monkey KingHulu’s planned sequel Holiday friends 2and myself Moanas resurgence on Disney Plus, all of which have been available on-demand for some time.
This is disastrous for such a heavily hyped project, but unfortunately it is the legacy of The Lightning in the microcosm.