Is The Flash Movie in Trouble?
Posted 10.11.09 by Ryan
Since Warner Bros. created new division DC Entertainment to better foster its comic book properties, the entity has seemingly stopped more projects than it has jump started, immediately pulling back on a Wonder Woman movie and putting all Superman rumors to rest by claiming that they have "no current plans" for a Superman movie. Early last week, The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven told IGN that progress on a Flash movie is also slowing down while Warners looks for "a different kind of approach."
I was involved at one point with The Flash. And Warner Bros. came to me and said, "The work that you've been doing hasn't yet resulted in something that any of us, including the filmmaking team, feel could be greenlit as a movie. We're trying to accomplish something that takes into account the entire, rich DC character world, and we'd like to pull it back. That doesn't mean that you aren't going to be a part of it. We just want to take a different kind of approach. Do you mind if we try that? If we had something that was really working..."
Like, for example, they had something that was more or less working for them on Green Lantern, and now you have Martin Campbell directing it.... But we didn't. The David Goyer screenplay, that didn't work. Goyer left the project. We then embarked with David Dobkin, trying to come up with another approach. We hadn't even hired a writer at that point. So for us, we completely understood. I've been making movies with Warner Bros. for 15 years, so that was fine, but I hope one day there's a way for me to get re-involved in the project.
The current screenwriter for The Flash, Dan Mazeau, immediately responded.
The Flash has not been hobbled. Everything is moving forward as planned. I'm still writing the script. Geoff Johns is still consulting. Flash fans have no cause for concern, and — IMO — lots to be excited about.
Johns spoke about The Flash in July, claiming the movie would concern "a world that's obsessed with speed." How about that for a twist for the world's fastest hero? That's quite a new "approach" DC Entertainment is taking.