Warner Bros. Sets 2011 Date for Sherlock Holmes 2, Close to Greenlighting a Flash Movie

While doing a dog and poy show for investors and the press, the top dogs at Warner Bros. also made some news with a couple of announcements: the biggest is that “Sherlock Holmes 2”, the sequel to Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr.’s hit, will be arriving just in time for Christmas — again. The film is scheduled for next year, December 16, 2011. Hopefully Brad Pitt will be available then.

Also, the WB guys promise that they are “getting close” to greenlighting a “Flash” movie. Which makes sense, now that they’re in the Ryan Reynolds business (with Reynolds currently fronting their “Green Lantern” franchise), and Reynolds has always maintained an affinity for the “Flash” property. No word on what is holding up that precious greenlight, but the fact that Reynolds is still pretty busy with “GL” might be the reason. That is, if they still intend on having him star, and if he’s still interested. And if he is, and they are, then what exactly does this mean for Marvel’s “Deadpool” movie?

Oh, so many questions, so few answers.

(And speaking of Green Lantern, this report says the Cartoon Network is also planning a GL animated show, to be called “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”.)

The studio also expects Christopher Nolan’s “Batman 3” to be out by 2012 (July 20, 2012, to be exact), along with their “Superman” reboot later in the year, which will also be coming courtesy of Nolan (though only in a “Godfathering” capacity, whatever that means).

Other films of interest scheduled for 2011:

“Journey to the Center of the Earth 2” on September 23, possibly without star Brendan Fraser; “The Hangover 2” on May 26; “Twilight” director Catherine Hardewick’s “Red Riding Hood” on April 22; and “Happy Feet 2” from George Miller on November 18.

The Flash is finally racing to theaters. Get it? Racing? Ahem.