Checking In: Flash Movie Not Dead Yet

Normally I wouldn’t bother reporting non-news, but it’s been a while since we heard anything about Warner Bros. plans for a big-screen Flash movie. Blastr recently talked to Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans), who told them that despite Green Lantern’s disappointing performance, DC is still planning to move ahead with more super-hero films outside the Superman/Batman worlds, and “The Flash is very high on the list.”

“It’s like anything, though,” he continued. “It has to come together with the right cast. It has to come together with the right director and sort of the right moment, and so they’re trying to push the rock up the hill … hopefully there will be some news soon, but right now I can’t really say anything else.”

The Flash has been in development hell for years, having first been announced way back in 2004 as a David Goyer film. Writers and directors have come and gone, the tone has gone from dark to light and back, and even the starring character has changed. Goyer’s script included both Barry Allen and Wally West, Mazeau’s featured Barry with nods to Wally fans, and the latest version, written by the Green Lantern screenwriting team, is entirely Barry Allen. You can read the whole sordid history over at Flash: Ride the Lightning.

(Via The Comic Reel at CBR)


11 thoughts on “Checking In: Flash Movie Not Dead Yet

  1. Kyer

    If they’d have just made an animated movie back in 2004. *mega sigh* That article really didn’t sound hopeful at all. More like: “We are trying…we *are*, but….we are trying to get this *started*. On the plus side maybe they’ve abandoned what sounded like it was going to be a travesty movie plot 2013 with Silence Of The Lamb and Se7en as inspirations. *rolls eyes and pukes*

    Now I’m looking at Scans Daily and…multiple Firestorms? A regular Firestorms Incorporated? Batman Inc, multiple Robins, a Super Family, a Marvel Family…it’s like the more the merrier to DC Ed.

    Yet still just Barry in Flash. Though also the specter of what they did to Bart and now to Jay to make one think twice about wishing for anything at all.

    Dead/delayed movie, Wally consigned/safe in Limbo.

    Unfounded rumors that one of the Flash team might return to Marvel Comics.

    What’s a Flash fan to think? 🙁

      1. Kyer

        I do way too much roaming around the net late at night before work, but I think I ran across several Google “Wally West” “Last 24-Hours” search links one night where it was wondered if B was going to jump ship to Marvel since he used to work there..something loosely said during one of his interviews. Doubt it was anything concrete. Didn’t really read them in detail due to lack of time. It just kind of was in keeping with my mood about the movie.

        I can try to re-find a couple if I get time.

        1. Kyer

          Nope…History got auto-wiped already from that day. Honestly, I think it was just some commentators wishful thinking that Marvel would start courting Buccellato. Probably was looking up Avengers at the time and this was brought up by someone.

  2. Eyz

    I can still say, with no doubt, that a FLASH film nowadays will be worse than/not as good as the 90s Flash TV series. (<-take your pick according to your love/hate of the classic live series)

    Come on, it's Hollywood, nowadays. Expect a blackbuster like X-Men 3 or GL…

  3. lightspeed

    I would love to see a Flash film. He’s a highly interesting character. But I’d rather have no Flash film than a really bad one.

    1. Kyer

      Even though it would certainly mean Wally would be absent, would pay to see a well-done movie where Barry first met Jay in Earth 2. Of course they’d probably change the heck out of it to something that matched the DCnU’s revised Earth 2.

      Yet another *mega sigh*.

    1. Kyer

      Oh God YES! That was the third Flash comic story I ever read. The second was Terminal Velocity and the first the origin story for Jay Garrick. THAT was the story that made me so excited to learn that Barry was returning to Flash (albeit in my ignorance I thought it was going to be a Team Flash or a guest appearance type of thing and let me see who the idol of my favorite character was. Talk about a let down. 🙁 )

      Even if that Barry was fake, the story still had some really gorgeous Flash Family Moments of F!Y! Adventures In Awesomeness. It’s also the story where I developed a deep appreciation for Jay and Max.

      There’s no way they could muck something like that up in order to DC 52-ify it is there? I dread to think because I just know they’d try just to see if they could make Wally fans sadder.

  4. Mike C

    I wish they would adapt the *real* stories into the PG-13 animated films and make full-blown, complete movies of Crisis, Return of Barry Allen, etc. Remember when the 90’s X-Men cartoon did an almost spot-on adaptation of the Jean Grey saga? Awesome.


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