the flash movie update

What ever happened to The Flash movie? Before Ryan Reynolds decided to take on every superhero role in sight, he was pegged to star as the speedy DC superhero. Ever since the announcement that he would be playing not one, but two superheroes (from different comic universes) spread, it seems like The Flash has become an after thought. Over at IGN, they recently spoke to producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), and he gave an update on the film’s status.

According to Roven, he is no longer a part of Warner Bros creative team for The Flash movie. He discloses that the studio has decided to go in a different direction than what he had envisioned for the character.

“I was involved at one point with The Flash,” said Roven. “And Warner Bros. came to me and said, ‘The work that you’ve been doing hasn’t yet resulted in something that any of us, including the filmmaking team, feel could be greenlit as a movie. We’re trying to accomplish something that takes into account the entire, rich DC character world, and we’d like to pull it back. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to be a part of it. We just want to take a different kind of approach. Do you mind if we try that?’ If we had something that was really working…”

He went on to explain that his decision to leave the film wasn’t for a lack of trying. For years the producer and the studio have been working to bring this character to life.

“Like, for example, they had something that was more or less working for them on Green Lantern, and now you have Martin Campbell directing it…But we didn’t,” Roven continued. “The David Goyer screenplay, that didn’t work. Goyer left the project. We then embarked with David Dobkin, trying to come up with another approach. We hadn’t even hired a writer at that point. So for us, we completely understood. I’ve been making movies with Warner Bros. for 15 years, so that was fine, but I hope one day there’s a way for me to get re-involved in the project. “

We do know that The Flash is on Warner Bros radar, so that’s a good thing. My only issue is the lack of priority put on properties that aren’t under the Superman/Batman umbrella. Yes, those two will always be box office gold, but the DC Universe has so much more to offer. The Green Lantern is a good way to start exposing the unsung heroes of the comic brand, and The Flash and Wonder Woman should definitely follow suit. Even though all of Marvel’s superhero movies aren’t surefire successes, at least they put them out there to give their characters a chance.

What do you think of the latest development for DC’s The Flash?