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More Warner Bros. Super Hero Plans: 'Flash' Movie Being Eyed For 2016, 'Justice League' Film For 2017

by Rodrigo Perez
July 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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The Flash Movie

Well, the floodgates are open, the cat is out of the bag. Anything that Warner Bros. wanted to announce in secret at Comic-Con is out on the table. Corroborating the just released news of a Superman & Batman film is coming for 2015THR is also advancing the story just a little: a "Flash" movie is being eyed tentatively for 2016 and a "Justice League" movie is looking like it will land in 2017. The bold move signifies that WB is finally ready to get into the ring with Marvel for super hero film box-office hegemony by staking some dates in the ground for their shared universe. At the same time, these plans sound like they are in the very early stages.

This is all starting to make sense. In one of the last David S. Goyer interviews, the writer of "Man Of Steel" and the would-be screenwriter of whatever the 2015 Superman & Batman film will be, suggested that the revelation of Superman would embolden and awaken other would-be heroes within this universe. "The idea is that Superman is the first one," Goyer said last month. "There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he’s the one that changes things."

It's a smart and practical idea. A domino effect? Superman appear to the world and perhaps in this narrative Bruce Wayne is galvanized to become Batman because of Superman. And then The Flash and then Justice League? Makes sense to us.

Let's not forget, David S. Goyer also wrote a version of "The Flash" movie several years ago, but it wasn't to the studio's liking back then. "The God's honest truth is that WB and myself simply couldn't agree on what would make for a cool Flash film," Goyer wrote in a post on his long-deleted MySpace account years ago. "I'm quite proud of the screenplay I turned in. I threw my heart into it and I genuinely think it would've been the basis of a ground-breaking film. But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction." 

And this was way before "The Green Lantern" writers were commissioned to write a Flash screenplay. Warners had high hopes for a "Green Lantern" sequel and a "Flash" movie before "The Green Lantern" turned out to be a huge bomb for the studio. And presumably that version, written by Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green and Greg Berlanti, was scrapped.

Could Goyer dust off his old 'Flash' screenplay? Chances are it would need to be seriously retooled to fit into this universe, but a script does exist and Goyer is the man of the hour at Warner Bros. The million dollar question on many minds: How involved will Christopher Nolan be in any of these films and will he at least create the story template for the movies like he did for "Man of Steel"? We can only hope.

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  • M. | July 22, 2013 8:00 PMReply

    Please, please please don't permit Snyder to direct this.

  • Jack | July 22, 2013 6:30 PMReply

    Aaron Paul as The Flash

  • Jack | July 21, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    I have been a Flash fan my entire life, and If they use the rebooted origin for Barry where his mother is killed and his father is framed for it then I think I might actually kill someone. That retconn was so dumb and against everything the character stands for. Barry Allen is the flash because he grew up reading comic books and playing superhero, he loves every second of being The Flash, he's a comic fan living out all his wildest fantasies... I can't stand the new 52 and if they take the Flash Rebirth angle for the flick then all is lost. They should play up the time travel aspect of the character and make it like 12 Monkeys or La Jetee or Terminator with superheros. Thats the Flash that needs to be on screen

  • Lou | July 22, 2013 5:03 AM

    Well said, Jack. Agree 100 percent.

  • Superhero ZZZ | July 20, 2013 4:07 PMReply

    When are these fucking superhero movies going to end?? Anyone else getting fed up? I know I am.

  • Rob | July 22, 2013 9:38 AM

    You're not George Carlin. George Carlin commented on real social problems, not movies.

  • Derek | July 21, 2013 8:28 PM

    It's this slate of upcoming Superhero movies that motivated Steven Spielberg to warn of an imminent Hollywood implosion. These studio heads are banking on the idea that teenagers will always want to see this stuff - and a never-ending stream of them. Any marketing fundi will tell you that kids and teenagers are the most fickle consumers in the world. The day they get bored and demand something fresh and new and move on to a new fad or interest is the day Hollywood will collapse. I heard a young boy say something to his father recently ( I can't remember where ) but the kid said : "Dad, why do movies suck ?" The writing is on the wall. Not everyone is mentally-retarted, you know.

  • Superhero ZZZ | July 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Bullshit. They are standard average action movies. Nothing more and oftentimes worse. With the same manichean good vs. evil set up every time. There's no nuance no substance. If you're not tired of these things you're pretty pretty tolerant to hot steamy bullshit. George Carlin had a low tolerance for bullshit, well so do I. They are the same movie. Good vs. Evil and a girl to save/impress/marry. Blah Blah blah. Hollywood is putting these comic books on a conveyor belt script doctoring machine and producing the same shit. They are getting away with it and it's time we disengage.

  • 113 | July 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    I'm tired of:

    -Zombie movies
    -Vampire everything
    -Hunger Games (all it took was one)
    -Animated movies
    ...But all of these keep getting made

    So no, I'm not tired of superhero movies at all, we're in a time where they are quality action movies. Studios have figure out the formula. This isn't DareDevil, Catwoman, and Elektra from 10 years ago.

  • Brian | July 20, 2013 4:03 PMReply

    I think they should ask the script to be written.
    Just write it and see. Flash I think is done by John August.
    We could be wrong.
    Marylin Mulloy Brian
    Done Deal Pro Writers Lumi Club

  • Nic Kramer | July 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    Animated Movies?! Excuse me, but animation is an art form and while it can be cliche, and this year so far was not a strong bumper crop, it still can get the mark. I'm sorry, but I can't stand for people for being tired of it.

  • MF | July 20, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    I agree, the idea that superman is batman's inspiration is just plain dumb. nolan got it right the first time around, i fear this reboot is going somewhere it should'nt.

  • Nic Kramer | July 22, 2013 7:00 PM

    And furthermore, animation people like Paul Dini and Bruce Timm have arguably more understanding to these DC characters than most of the live-action people Warners is hiring.

  • DG | July 20, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    I hope Nolan doesn't go anywhere near this. He alread told the Batman myth as good as it be told and frankly the Batman inspired by a superman idea is semi-blasphemous. Plus there's almost no way Snyders NOT going to direct it...

  • Frank | July 20, 2013 11:36 PM

    Considering he's not producing Batman & Superman (see the previous Playlist story), it sounds like it's not gonna happen for these other films at all.

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