The Flash has looked like the most likely candidate as the next DC superhero film to come out of Warner Bros., but we haven’t heard much concrete news about the project in a few months. The Flash has been in the script stage, and until something is delivered that Warner Bros. likes, the character won’t be running anywhere.

But now there’s word that the script is due by the end of the year, which is leading to early speculation about who might direct and star. Read More »

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I can’t tell if Tales From the Gangster Squad, based on a series of LA Times articles and intended as an ensemble ‘actor’s piece,’ is as much of a priority at Warner Bros. as news would make it seem, or if the film is just an easy headline. The script details an LAPD squad’s efforts to oppose the incursion of organized crime into the city of LA, and is said to be fantastic.

In the last couple weeks, perhaps motivated by the reception for The Town, the film was offered to Ben Affleck, and yesterday word came down that Warner Bros. lobbed it at Darren Aronofsky. But with Affleck passing and Aronofsky looking likely to take Wolverine 2 (what a strange world) WB reportedly has five more names on a list of possible directors. Read More »

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It has been long rumored that Jonathan Liebesman has been in the running to direct a sequel to 2010′s Clash of the Titans. Heat Vision now confirms that Warner Bros has signed Liebesman to helm the sequel, with Legendary Pictures producing the project.

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Life As We Know It
Warner Bros has released the first movie trailer for Everwood/The Broken Hearts Club helmer Greg Berlanti‘s romantic comedy Life As We Know It. Berlanti might be better known to /Film readers as the writer/producer of the Green Lantern movie, and the possible director of the big screen adaptation of The Flash. The movie stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, and Christina Hendricks, in a story about “two single adults who become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.”

This is one of those trailer that totally shows you the entire movie. Not that I was ever planning to see this movie, but now I don’t really have to. I’ll admit, I did laugh at the Slumdog joke. Watch the trailer now after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Greg Berlanti to Direct The Flash?

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Everwood and Eli Stone writer Greg Berlanti has been named as the front running contender to direct Warner Bros. long awaited The Flash movie. It seems they’ve been keen to hand him one of their heroes for a while now, as he was signed to direct Green Lantern for a while before Martin Campbell came along.

Actually, Berlanti’s involvement in Green Lantern doesn’t end there – he’s one of the film’s producers and co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Goldenberg. Hushed word from that production is proving very good indeed, and has likely done Berlanti a great deal of good in chasing the Flash gig. It’s always nice to think a director has really earned a job.

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Martin Campbell in Talks to Direct The Green Lantern

Martin Campbell is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of the DC comic book series The Green Lantern according to Variety. Campbell is probably best known as the director of James Bond films Casino Royale and GoldenEye, but his filmography also includes The Mask of Zorro/Legend of Zorro, Vertical Limit, and the upcoming Mel Gibson film Edge of Darkness. The screenplay was penned by Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Eli Stone), Marc Guggenheim (Law & Order, Eli Stone) and Michael Green (Smallville, Heroes).

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Green Lantern Likely Next For Warner Bros

So with a sequel to The Dark Knight taking a backseat until Christopher Nolan can come up with the inspiration, what can we expect from Warner Bros next?

Will Superman return? Warner Bros President Alan Horn tells Collider that while they are “very anxious to bring Superman back” it will probably happen in “the next couple of years.” Not a confident answer if you ask me.

So what then?

“I think Green Lantern is probably the best guess but I can’t promise it at this moment,” Horn said, adding that it’s “On the runway. Hasn’t taken off yet, but we’re close.”

Meanwhile, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the filmmakers have already started scouting locations and interviewing key crew members in Sydney Australia’s NSW Fox Studios. Apparently the studio is in a bidding war with Victoria, British Columbia for the project, and a decision has yet to be made by Warner Bros. But it certainly is sounding like the greenlight is quickly approaching. Greg Berlanti is still attached to direct.

Common is The Green Lantern

Production Weekly’s current issue has updated Warner Bros’ adaptation of DC Comic’s The Green Lantern as being in active development:

STATUS – Development
PRODUCER: Donald De Line – Andrew Haas WRITER: Greg Berlanti – Marc Guggenheim – Michael J Green
DC COMICS 1700 Broadway New York, NY 10019
WARNER BROS. PICTURES 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user’s imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected.


No director is mentioned in the above update, although Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Eli Stone) was attached to the project last year.

Common

I also noticed that rapper-turned-actor Common told Entertainment Weekly at Comic Con that if he had to dress up for the convention, he would be dressed as The Green Lantern. Common, of course, was originally signed on to play Lantern in the now defunct Justice League movie. Could this just be an inside joke to fans in the know or could Common still be in line to play the character in a stand alone big screen film? The plot synopsis from production weekly lists Hal Jordan and not John Stewart as the wearer of the ring, which if accurate, would probably mean Common won’t be starring in this film.

Justice League

Also, about that Justice League movie… Unfortunately, I’m hearing it might be back on. Seems like after the success of Marvel Entertainment’s Iron Man, DC is hot to get some projects on the fast track. I haven’t been able to confirm this with a second source, but it looks like the project might not be as dead as everyone first believed. And if so, is George Miller still in line to helm the project or did Warner Bros reach out to another SUPER director? I just wish this project would die the death it deserves. Either that or get a director to completely overhaul everything, because right now it smells like bad goods.

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