The Flash Movie: Running on Empty?

So what’s the deal with The Flash movie? Ryan Reynolds has wanted to play it for the longest time, but he seems to have moved on to get his superhero jones as Green Lantern and Deadpool (the latter will probably never get made, but Green Lantern is definitely on the way, though for my money I’d rather see him as Deadpool). Directors have come and gone, including go-to comic book guy David Goyer, and like the Justice League movie, The Flash film seems on the verge of “not in this lifetime”.

In a recent interview, producer Charles Roven (one of the gazillion or so producers currently living off the success of “The Dark Knight”) said that Warner Bros. has officially taken The Flash from him, and is headed in one of those ever so popular “new direction” that doesn’t include him. Roven doesn’t know what direction that is, but does know that he’s no longer involved, which means it’ll take the WB even more time to find a producer to shepherd the new perspective they seem to be looking for.

In a word, The Flash movie is currently dead in the water. Our boy can run pretty fast, even outrace Death itself, but apparently battling Captain Cold or Gorilla Grodd has never prepared him to defeat the dreaded Hollywood Development Hell. At this rate, the best option may be just go back to a Year One type story, with a young Flash ala the Smallville TV show.

Update: IGN has added a follow-up to their Charles Roven interview, thanks to writer Dan Mazeau, who was apparently moved by the negativity of the previous article to chime in on the status of the scarlet speedster:

“Just to chime in on your latest article: 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.”

Sounds good, right? Of course, not so much if you follow the old Hollywood axiom that the writer is always the last to know about pretty much everything having to do with a movie they’re working on. Then again, maybe Dan is “plugged” in. Or it could just be that Warner Bros. has told him to keep writing. What they’ll do with that finished script, though, is another matter.

As with most superheroes, the Flash just couldn't escape Development Hell.

As with most superheroes, the Flash just couldn't escape Development Hell.