When news gets slow in Hollywood, we like to turn our eye to the even stranger stories in the real world. This week we bring you a Back to the Future marriage proposal, the story and video of a man dressed as Spider-Man who trapped a comic book thief during Free Comic Book Day with the help of a couple Jedi knights and The Flash, and the story and video of a bunch of actors shooting an independent film who were almost shot by real Police Officers who thought the robbery scene was real.
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Geoff Johns spoke at WonderCon today, and there were a few interesting bits said involving the future of DC’s superhero movie adaptations. First off, Johns explained his new role as the CCO of DC Comics, stating that he’s “in charge of the creative consistency of the DC Universe” and promised that we’re “going to see a lot more DC Movies.”
The most interesting bit came about when a fan asked if DC and Warner Bros were planning to do something like Marvel is doing with The Avengers, with the goal being a Justice League of America live-action feature film.
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One of the other notable things Warner Bros head Alan Horn said at the ShoWest presentation today involved how the studio hopes to fill the void that will be left by the studio’s most successful franchise. After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II hits theaters in July 2011, that will conclude the biggest box office franchise in cinema history. How does Warner Bros hope to fill the hole left by this profitable series?
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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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UPDATE: Dan Mazeau, current screenwriter on The Flash, has written to IGN following the piece we re-reported yesterday. “Everything is moving forward as planned,” Mazeau said. “I’m still writing the script. Geoff Johns is still consulting. Flash fans have no cause for concern, and — IMO — lots to be excited about.” Original article follows:
When DC Entertainment was formed a few weeks ago and Diane Nelson given the reigns, one of the actions reported was that the company would be recalling characters and projects that had long been stalled. The big example was Wonder Woman, which had gone undeveloped for many years in the hands of producer Joel Silver. Another character that has been in development hell for a while is the Flash. Now former producer Charles Roven talks about how WB and DC took the character back. Read More »
The Hollywood Reporter has a good article updating DC Comics‘ Hollywood plans. Not much new information to come by, but an interesting read. The one thing I learned from the update is that Warners quietly hired three of DC’s biggest writers last fall as consultants and writers for their upcoming superhero projects — Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman.
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I was able to ask producer Charles Roven about the current status of the big screen adaptation of The Flash while I was at the press junket for The Dark Knight.
“We had hoped to be able to get a new draft going before the writers’ strike and we weren’t able to,” Roven admitted. “And since the writers’ strike, we just haven’t been able to find the right creative compatibility between what we’re looking for and a writer and you know, we’re a little bit dragging our feet, we’re just waiting to see what’s going to happen with this actor’s strike, you know.”
It has since been reported that DC is taking Warner Bros to task for the current state of their upcoming film properties, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the project is all of a sudden given the fast track.
Ryan Reynolds has long been the rumored front runner to play the popular DC Comics superhero The Flash in a big screen adaptation. But the project quickly fell to the wayside. Reynolds now tells MTV that he might put on the red tights for the Justice League of America movie:
“‘The Flash’ isn’t dead at all. There’s talk of it being a JLA movie, the Justice League having them all together. And then there’s other talk of doing a ‘Flash’ movie with [director] Shawn Levy,” Reynolds told MTV. “[it] might, yeah. I don’t really know how much I’m allowed to talk about that stuff. But I’m sure they’ll figure out something. It’s no secret that they have a JLA script and it’s a project that’s in development â€“ the contents of which, who knows. We’ll see. I’d love to see a full on Justice League movie done, the scope of which is just enormous. I think it’s something they can pull off.”
So maybe the project is being fast tracked into production after all…
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