The Flash Movie Rights Reeled Back into DC Entertainment
Barely a month ago, following Disney's purchase of Marvel, Warner Bros decided to create a new company called DC Entertainment Inc. that would "fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms." The new company would start reeling in projects that were in development with various producers so that they could develop them all under one house. We heard a few weeks later that there were no plans for Superman yet, but one franchise we haven't heard about recently is The Flash. IGN talked with producer Charles Roven and learned that his rights were recently reeled in, too.
Roven was one of the producers on The Dark Knight, so he knows his superheroes, and has been developing a Flash movie for a while. Most recently an update arrived in January saying a new script was being written.
"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 goes on to say that the screenplay David Goyer had written didn't work for them and Goyer left the project. Then they brought on director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) to come up with a different approach, which is where I think writer Dan Mazeau also came on board. But none of that really worked either. "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." So as of right now, Roven is no longer developing The Flash, but that may mean DC Entertainment has shelved this entirely until they come up with a good idea.
I've followed the comic book world enough to know that The Flash is a character everyone has wanted to see on the big screen for a while. Hopefully DC Entertainment and Warner Bros will get their act together soon and find the right creative team to develop a Flash movie. Anyone have any good pitches for this movie?