Guggenheim's Updates on Green Lantern Sequels & The Flash
It goes without saying that I enjoyed the hell out of my first Comic-Con back in July, but I can't help feeling disappointment that DC Comics didn't deliver what was previously hinted during WonderCon. At that con, DC Comic's Chief Creative Officer and DC Entertainment consultant Geoff Johns declined to talk about the potential of a Justice League movie in favor of revealing more in San Diego. All we got there was some cool but brief Green Lantern footage. But Marc Guggenheim recently told Newsarama (via The Playlist) that a treatment is done for The Flash though development isn't moving as swiftly as the hero himself. Read on!
We've already been told that Guggenheim along with the other two Green Lantern writers (Greg Berlanti, Michael Green) were working on treatments for both a Green Lantern sequel and The Flash. However, the trio of writers would only be writing the treatments for both and end up having to choose which of the two projects for which they would actually write the screnplay. Shortly thereafter, writer Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) was being brought in to pen the screenplay for Green Lantern 2 which left us to assume the aforementioned trio of writers would write The Flash screenplay.
So with the anticipation of Green Lantern next year, everyone is waiting for DC Comics to make swift moves in getting other characters like The Flash, Wonder Woman and hopefully a new iteration of Superman onto the big screen. But with the lack of an announcement at Comic-Con, we were all left wondering if the DC Comics universe will end up merging together on screen in the same fashion that Marvel has begun crafting their cinematic world to lead into The Avengers. For now it seems like the characters are very much being thought of independently, and while it's hard to not think about sequels and crossovers, Guggenheim says they're doing their best. Here's what he had to say:
"We've turned in the treatment for 'Flash.' And we're talking about 'Green Lantern 2.' It would be a quality problem to have, to think about a third ['Green Lantern' right now]. But one step at a time. I think it's very hard to talk about these characters in a closed-ended, sort of non-sequel way, especially characters like The Flash and Green Lantern, which have such rich, long histories. You can't help but talk about the characters and go, 'Oh, I really want to do the movie where we get to this moment, or that moment.' So you're always talking in terms of sequels, but no, nothing's planned. We haven't even written the script yet for 'The Flash.' It's very much one step at a time for 'The Flash.'"
Hopefully a big step will be made soon to figure out who will direct the adaptation of The Scarlet Speedster featuring the Barry Allen iteration of the character. It's been rumored that writer Greg Berlanti will helm the film, but nothing has been confirmed. Meanwhile, on the Green Lantern front, though Guggenheim says it's a bit too early to begin thinking about production on a third film in the series, he does confirm that Berlanti originally pitched Warner Bros three films for a trilogy, so it's certainly in the cards years down the road.
In a way, it's good that DC Entertainment isn't rushing to throw all these new characters together (after all a lot of people complained about a somewhat contrived, sloppy inclusion of an Avengers subplot in Iron Man 2), but it'd be nice to have an idea of what they're looking to accomplish with their characters. But for now Guggenheim says, "We're really just focusing on the treatment for Green Lantern 2… I know that everyone involved in the production of the movie is just focusing on completing the first film." We're still waiting for that first trailer, so hopefully progress on that is moving a little faster. We'll continue to keep you updated!