The Flash Movie: Running on Empty?

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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.

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

    If done right a Flash movie could be great. the TV show wasn’t bad for when it was made and it’s budget but definitely need more to it.

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

    If done right a Flash movie could be great. the TV show wasn’t bad for when it was made and it’s budget but definitely need more to it.

  • Dedpool

    If done right a Flash movie could be great. the TV show wasn’t bad for when it was made and it’s budget but definitely need more to it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    This is the most upsetting thing to me since Superman Returns. Its like me and my brother always say about some production houses. “You tell me you want to make money, but I don’t believe you”. Why in the hell would WB not fast track this. They have had so many people with talent come to this project and let them walk away. This is almost as dumb as marvel not attacking a Captain America movie right after 911. Im not saying they should have capitalized on the unfortunate deaths of so many people. Im saying that If ever the country needed a symbol of unity and the everliving dream of America, THAT WAS IT IN OUR LIFETIMES.

    The Flash may not be that type of symbol for DC but he is definitely a marketable character whose special fx are quite possibly the easiest to do at this point. They damn near had it in the 90s for the tv show, and even Heroes is using an adequate look. DC dropped the ball by not accepting David Goyers script. I understand a few rewrites with the script as the groundwork but not a complete dismissal of. Then DC cast Ryan Reynolds as the green lantern, which im sure he’ll do great in, But not as great as he would have been as Wally West. Do it for the KIDS DC!!! Get this one out of hell and make yourselves some fat pockets. I mean damn, you’ve taken the question from me (which ryan reynolds also would have been good at LOL!)and You killed batman before killing superman. How much more do we have to take?

    Wait, brainfart, who would be a good Flash now that Ryan is out?
    ummmmmmmmm……….. Clean shaven Paul Rudd? I mean, he’s funny and a smart ass. (I can hear someone moaning the age clause while I type this…Its hard to go for seconds when the best has been taken from us). Ummm… They guy that played Ghost and Niobe’s Operator in the first matrix game? okay im just typing now…bye lol! god i hate going to work.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    This is the most upsetting thing to me since Superman Returns. Its like me and my brother always say about some production houses. “You tell me you want to make money, but I don’t believe you”. Why in the hell would WB not fast track this. They have had so many people with talent come to this project and let them walk away. This is almost as dumb as marvel not attacking a Captain America movie right after 911. Im not saying they should have capitalized on the unfortunate deaths of so many people. Im saying that If ever the country needed a symbol of unity and the everliving dream of America, THAT WAS IT IN OUR LIFETIMES.

    The Flash may not be that type of symbol for DC but he is definitely a marketable character whose special fx are quite possibly the easiest to do at this point. They damn near had it in the 90s for the tv show, and even Heroes is using an adequate look. DC dropped the ball by not accepting David Goyers script. I understand a few rewrites with the script as the groundwork but not a complete dismissal of. Then DC cast Ryan Reynolds as the green lantern, which im sure he’ll do great in, But not as great as he would have been as Wally West. Do it for the KIDS DC!!! Get this one out of hell and make yourselves some fat pockets. I mean damn, you’ve taken the question from me (which ryan reynolds also would have been good at LOL!)and You killed batman before killing superman. How much more do we have to take?

    Wait, brainfart, who would be a good Flash now that Ryan is out?
    ummmmmmmmm……….. Clean shaven Paul Rudd? I mean, he’s funny and a smart ass. (I can hear someone moaning the age clause while I type this…Its hard to go for seconds when the best has been taken from us). Ummm… They guy that played Ghost and Niobe’s Operator in the first matrix game? okay im just typing now…bye lol! god i hate going to work.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    This is the most upsetting thing to me since Superman Returns. Its like me and my brother always say about some production houses. “You tell me you want to make money, but I don’t believe you”. Why in the hell would WB not fast track this. They have had so many people with talent come to this project and let them walk away. This is almost as dumb as marvel not attacking a Captain America movie right after 911. Im not saying they should have capitalized on the unfortunate deaths of so many people. Im saying that If ever the country needed a symbol of unity and the everliving dream of America, THAT WAS IT IN OUR LIFETIMES.

    The Flash may not be that type of symbol for DC but he is definitely a marketable character whose special fx are quite possibly the easiest to do at this point. They damn near had it in the 90s for the tv show, and even Heroes is using an adequate look. DC dropped the ball by not accepting David Goyers script. I understand a few rewrites with the script as the groundwork but not a complete dismissal of. Then DC cast Ryan Reynolds as the green lantern, which im sure he’ll do great in, But not as great as he would have been as Wally West. Do it for the KIDS DC!!! Get this one out of hell and make yourselves some fat pockets. I mean damn, you’ve taken the question from me (which ryan reynolds also would have been good at LOL!)and You killed batman before killing superman. How much more do we have to take?

    Wait, brainfart, who would be a good Flash now that Ryan is out?
    ummmmmmmmm……….. Clean shaven Paul Rudd? I mean, he’s funny and a smart ass. (I can hear someone moaning the age clause while I type this…Its hard to go for seconds when the best has been taken from us). Ummm… They guy that played Ghost and Niobe’s Operator in the first matrix game? okay im just typing now…bye lol! god i hate going to work.