Mike Flanagan Has Pitched a Clayface Movie to DC Studios

Mike Flanagan, the filmmaker behind Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, has pitched a feature version of Clayface, the iconic Batman villain, to Warner Bros. and DC Studios.

According to Deadline, Flanagan and his Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy had a meeting with DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran. Sources have indicated that while there is no word on a greenlight yet, the studio has not said “no.” In Flanagan’s pitch, Clayface was not set to be depicted as a villain.

Interestingly enough, Clayface will reportedly factor into Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part II, which is currently set to hit theaters on October 3, 2025. However, Flanagan’s Clayface is not, at least at this time, connected to The Batman Universe or the forthcoming DC Universe. Instead, it would be a standalone Elseworlds film.

Flanagan has been very vocal in the past about his interest in making a Clayface film, stating in one 2021 tweet that he’d approach it as a “standalone….horror/thriller/tragedy.”

We’ll keep you posted on this potential DC project.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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