Greg Berlanti Talks Green Lantern 2, Compares The Flash to The Dark Knight

Once upon a time, Greg Berlanti was supposed to direct the “Green Lantern” movie. He eventually lost the gig to Martin Campbell, but has remained on the franchise, as well as adding Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” to his plate.

While doing press for the comedy “Life as We Know It”, Berlanti spilled on his appraoches to the “Green Lantern” sequel (Warner Bros. is very, very optimistic about the first movie), and the upcoming “Flash” film to the boys at SuperheroHype. As of right now, Berlanti is working on the treatment for the second “Green Lantern” film with writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, while at the same time pounding out the script for Barry Allen’s The Flash.

About the tone of the two movies:

‘GL’ is always a bit lighter than that on earth but mixed with a twinge of the space opera, which has its own epic qualities to it. ‘Flash’ as we’re getting into it is interesting, too. Though Barry Allen was a little lighter in the comic, I think because of the nature that he was a CSI and moved in this world of crime before this stuff happened. I think it’s tonally somewhere in between ‘GL’ and ‘Dark Knight.’ It’s actually a little bit darker than when we were working on (‘GL’), because you’re dealing with somebody who is already a crimefighter in a world of those kinds of criminals and that kind of murder and homicide. I find you talk a lot about different films when you’re working on a film, and we spend a lot more time talking about ‘Se7en’ or ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ as we construct that part of Barry’s world, then I thought when we got into it. It helps balance a guy in a red suit who runs really fast.

Interesting take on Barry Allen’s cop career, though I’m not sure how much of that is just a writer thinking way too much about stuff that will never make it into the movies. I don’t really see how you can make a movie about a dude in a bright red costume who runs super fast and still make it anything remotely like “Seven” or “Silence of the Lambs”.

He goes on:

A third thing I’d throw at you is alternate dimensions, so it’s true that we want to find the things that make it… With ‘GL,’ we used to say there’s a space opera component and then there’s the down on earth. In ‘The Flash,’ there’s the sci-fi component and there’s the crime component and it’s fitting those two things together, and the sci-fi thing, we obviously want to nail that and honor that and do that in a way that feels visceral and real and cool and probably more in the tone of ‘The Matrix” films or things like that. I always think of ‘The Flash’ stories where he met Jay Garrick and knows there was Earth Prime and things like that. There’s an avenue for these films to broaden the DC Film Universe in that way, so that’s the hope.

Great. D.C. practically destroyed themselves with that whole alternate universe stuff, and Berlanti thinks it would be neat to introduce that concept into the movies. Now I’m really convinced Berlanti is just throwing out “writer stuff” here, things that will never make it into the finished scripts.

He goes on to talk about possibility directing “The Flash”, but sounds non-committal. Which probably just means he’s hoping for the gig, but after losing out on “The Green Lantern”, he’s just hedging his bets. Who would turn down a chance to direct “The Flash”?

Green Lantern and his little buddy The Flash poses for a photo.



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  • Juggernaut

    Although I like the whole Dexter meeets daredevil thing, Keep Bertlanti far, far away from The Flash. As fo a GL2, lets see the first one before we start talking sequels.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I think the idea of mixing the CSI aspect of Barry Allen’s profession is briliant. It’s something that is not really looked at in “Justice League” when dealing with the Flash (except one episode “Flash and Substance”), but was a major componenet of the live action show. The Flash is very smart and capable when it comes to police work, and it should be that plus his speed that allows him to capture criminals and figure things out. He’s a scientist, but he’s a cop and that together with his new abilities makes him very formidable.

  • ULIK

    Like I said before, WB/DC is better off making a trilogy of GL with three different and major GL’s(nothing like that has been done) and I still say Bradley Cooper for The Flash(he’s perfect and his face is aerodynamic too LOL!).

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Cooper is definitely my choice for Flash, though he’s more of a Wally West than a Barry Allen. I wonder which they’ll chose.

      The GL idea still rocks, but I think that the they should still have reynolds as Jordan in all three to tie them to gether. Have him sent further into the galazy to deal with something for the second film and have Guy or Jon or even both in the second film (make it like a Buddy cop flick almost) and the third have Kyle as the rookie during something thats the equivalent of SInestro Corps war or the war of light.

      • Juggernaut

        First off Cooper for Flash is a must. Secondly while a multi character Flash or GL trilogy would be awsome it could be too much. While I’d like to see a GL or Flash with multiple incarnations it would be tough. You need to tell a story and have the characters grow. Adding too many aspects is distracting and almost counter productive to an extent.

      • Juggernaut

        First off Cooper for Flash is a must. Secondly while a multi character Flash or GL trilogy would be awsome it could be too much. While I’d like to see a GL or Flash with multiple incarnations it would be tough. You need to tell a story and have the characters grow. Adding too many aspects is distracting and almost counter productive to an extent.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          Wasn’t talking bout having different versions of the Flash really, just wondering which version they’d use because alot of people love both Barry and Wally. GL you can get away with to a point because there’s more than one at a time. It’d be nice to see, but doubt its gonna happen.

          • Juggernaut

            Any story should start at the beginning. Barry is the original Flash do a two picture story arc and introduce Wally and the others gradually and have a plot involving Wally needing to take on the Falsh persona down the line. Same with Hal and the other Earth GL’s. If they introduce Kyle, Jon or Guy during the first or second films they could build up to a story involving them. Otherwise you have the problem of a Spider-Man 3 or X-Men Last Stand/X-men Origins where you’re trying to squeeze characters in and create unatural reasons for their involvment. That was one of my biggest problems with the X-men films. There was really no reason to change the line up for the first film. The original class would have been fine, sure you would need to find a way to bring in Wolverine, Storm and maybe Rogue, because they are fan favorites, but overall the original class (Cyclops, Beast, Jean, Angel and Iceman) would have been just fine. They could have incorporated the later classmates in a classroom scene (like they did with Iceman and Pyro). The others could have had small cameos like they did with Shadowcat and Colossus.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            I agree with you to a point. I definitely would like a cameo by John Stewart or Guy in this flick, and more of them in a second and let them become a GL maybe. As for Flash, and this actually leads into the X-men thing, Barry wasn’t even the first, Jay Garrick was. My point is they’ll go with who’s popular at the time. That’s why when they made X-men they used Wolverine and Storm, and not Beast, and Angel. Sure oldschool heads like us know the original five are Scott, Jean, Bobby, Warren, and Hank, but were they all bankable back then. No. Same goes with the Flash in JLU. They kept it ambigous until season 2 when they unmasked him. It was his personality that made everyone think he was Wally, and DC used him because Barry had been dead for over a decade and most people didn’t remember him. Some friends and i were working on a Flash script before the announcement that it was greenlit, and we actually had both Barry AND Wally in the film, but Wally was the protagonist. There was an homage to Barry being the Flash where when the lightening struck that granted Wally his powers it also killed Barry, but he wasn’t really dead and had become part of the Speedforce. Similarly the Flash tv series gave Barry an older brother “Jay” who was an homage to Jay Garrick. Sometimes time (and marketing) won’t allow you to do things the same way that theywere done before. I mean really could you have seen Wolverine in a classroom setting? Wolverine is the most popular and well known X-man around the world, they would’ve been stupid to not put him in.

          • Juggernaut

            Any story should start at the beginning. Barry is the original Flash do a two picture story arc and introduce Wally and the others gradually and have a plot involving Wally needing to take on the Falsh persona down the line. Same with Hal and the other Earth GL’s. If they introduce Kyle, Jon or Guy during the first or second films they could build up to a story involving them. Otherwise you have the problem of a Spider-Man 3 or X-Men Last Stand/X-men Origins where you’re trying to squeeze characters in and create unatural reasons for their involvment. That was one of my biggest problems with the X-men films. There was really no reason to change the line up for the first film. The original class would have been fine, sure you would need to find a way to bring in Wolverine, Storm and maybe Rogue, because they are fan favorites, but overall the original class (Cyclops, Beast, Jean, Angel and Iceman) would have been just fine. They could have incorporated the later classmates in a classroom scene (like they did with Iceman and Pyro). The others could have had small cameos like they did with Shadowcat and Colossus.

  • Juggernaut

    I didn’t include the Jay Garrick alter ego because he didn’t wear the “traditional” red and yellow/cowled look costume. Tha is what the people know, so that is what they want. I agree that even an allusion to other characters, places and signifigant writers/artists is great. I also agree that cameos and homages need to be handled correctly. With the X-Men thing, sure Wolverine, Storm and Rogue were more popular than Beast, Angel and Iceman (even though he was in it as a student). I also understand that the “Movieverse” and the “Comicverse” are two different entities. However there are options for film makers to stick close to the source material, create compelling characters and tell a good story at the same time. I would have loved to have seen the original class in the danger room with the blue and gold suits! They even had a chance in The Last Stand to have an homage to the original class and totally missed it. They had Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Angel and Iceman in that movie! A scene with them and Proffesor X together would have been awsome! I’m getting off of the subject. I agree that most people want to see the “it” persona of the time, but they should also throw us die-hards a bone once in a while too.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Oh I totally agree about the Last Stand. That movie was nothing but missed opportunities. No Collossus vs. Juggernaut fight? Really?!! And even X-men Evolution had an entire episode with the original five together and that had a different roster too. Ah well.

      • Juggernaut

        It’s wierd with The Last Stand. On one hand they did include a lot of cool things that the fans wanted to see (fastball special, danger room, Sentinel*just the head but still* Iceman “Icing up”, Beast’s “Oh my stars and garters!” and Juggernaut). On the other hand you have total mishandling of characters. Psylocke as a throw away with different powers, Multiple Man (while pretty cool) as a villain (I know that he started out bad, but still), Arclight changed to a chick for some reason and Callisto with no patch or Morlocks! Then there was the offing of Xavier, Cyclops and Jean?!?!? Why? for what reason? And finally not utilizing what they had to work with. Colossus VS. Juggernaut. Not showing Bolivar Trask at work on the Sentinels after the credits. No ice slide for Iceman. Not making the dude in the woods that was after Wolverine an actual character like Omega Red (who was clearly an inspiration for him) or Cyber, I don’t know SOMEONE! The original class in a shot together, as we already said. And the biggest unused potential, the attack on Alcatraz not having a billion cameos! Why make up characters?! Marvel, and X-men in particular have so many awsome characters already. You don’t need to think up any new powers or mutants. Use the ones that already exist. That was a travesty! Every time I watch it a little piece of me dies! LOL!

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          Hit the nail right on the head buddy!!

  • The Strongest There Is

    The Guy in the forest going after wolverine was a mix of omega red and marrow, which I liked, but still wished that had just chosen one, because they did that with a few characters in the movie.

    Per Flash script – Still working on the idea that I originally proposed, but want to do it as an online mockumentary. We’ll talk more. I haven’t forgotten you Ded. hahaha just really busy. Got a job working with this dude that does tv shows (We just finished writing the episodes for the first season of his show) and movies on netflix and a script freelancing firm. So much on the plate right now. I still think my idea for the flash will work, but maybe it can go futher and put the whole DC universe in it. A global response type thing.

    As far as Barry Allen goes, Its best that they do that because I wasn’t going to accept any actor other than Ryan Reynolds as Wally. I’m reading the Flash rebirth Geoff Johns story right now and figured that had to be why they chose to go with Barry Allen.