Guggenheim's Updates on Green Lantern Sequels & The Flash
by Ethan Anderton
September 9, 2010
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!
I hope they get the Flash right. I loved the TV show. They need to get Wonder Woman right too. And Supes.
tivdatsun on Sep 9, 2010
With Nolan, Nolan and Goyer (sounds like a law-firm) behind the next Supes it seems like it's in good hands. Also there were rumours that Batman would be hinted at in Green Lantern no? In all this talk everyone seems to be forgetting the caped crusaders 3rd outing which is the most important JL related film on the go... As for Flash they should cast Adam Brody already and Wonder Woman should be Rosario Dawson. Okay, so where's our paycheck?
VisoTrailers on Sep 9, 2010
So they're taking the Flash slowly? I see this as only a good thing.
Emerson on Sep 9, 2010
good news. I'm still worried about a JL film, Nolan did a good job of making Batman too realistic, maybe that's the one downfall he's done with the character.
Xerxex on Sep 9, 2010
May I be the first to say that Green Lantern will suck. There I said it.
Moon on Sep 9, 2010
Emerson, I'm a huge fan of The Flash, but I'm not so sure that this taking it slow is a good thing. I'm concerned that the studios may be thinking that movie goers are tiring of super hero movies and there may not be a lot of enthusiasm in the studio board rooms about taking such a huge gamble in today's economy.
Hattori Hanzo on Sep 9, 2010
@Xerxex u know no point for WB to do a JLA movie WB needs to focus on doing movies that are not just Batman and Superman. they need to do a good solo movies of The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman if they all fail well thats the end of any JLA movie.
tazz on Sep 9, 2010
maybe you're right, tazz.
Xerxex on Sep 9, 2010
Moon you are not the first! Ive been Saying it GL's gonna suck!!!!
Jimmy Love on Sep 9, 2010
SCREW GREEN LANTERN! I WANT FLASH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sharktopus on Sep 9, 2010
Forget JL, I want the Superfriends... with Wonder Twins Jayna and Zan and their sidekick Gleek the space monkey!
gonnarentit on Sep 9, 2010
Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!
gonnarentit on Sep 9, 2010
What if the world ends tomorrow! n u guys are all screwed up! Marvel's speedup is quiet OK but dc? sucks! forget GLA n Avengers! forget all the sequels n all! first just deliver the GL n Flash n Superman n wonder woman! ASAP and i mean it! i don't wanna leave the world tomorrow without seeing Green lantern, Flash n of course JLA! no patience Mann...
sur@z on Sep 10, 2010
sur@z on Sep 10, 2010
The flash in the new movie needs to be the Flash from the comics and not the Flash from TV.... We need REAL speed like near-light speed and vibrating through walls and "flying" by compressing a column of air.... not near sound-speed like the TV show! There is an incredible "scene" in the Flash Graphic Audio production (Stop Motion) where the Flash goes super speed to investigate a science facility while he is actually walking along a corridor with a group of people....he has like a tenth of a second to search the whole facility and the 10 minute audio scene describing how he did it should be compulsory listening for the producers of any new Flash movie 🙂
FOOM on Sep 13, 2010
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