Marvel Comics certainly held court at the San Diego Comic Con this past Summer, they even had a massive throne from their Thor movie to complete the moment! This made their Distinguished Competition look a little flat in the motion picture department despite their development on Green Lantern, a film that promises to give a much-needed shot in the arm to the house of Superman.
Despite the major success of the two Chris Nolan Batman movies, their more super-powered project Superman Returns was something of a flop with audiences and a major disappointment to executives. The box office clamor over Iron Man has changed the landscape of comic book movies, though, and DC/Warner is looking for a contender… which may be Green Lantern (read more about who Green Lantern is here).
DC Entertainment (as they have rebranded themselves) has been very hesitant to announce anything past Green Lantern as the failure or success of the ring-slinging action flick will determine the future of any other potential Justice League-themed movies.
However, Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern, Flash, Young X-Men) has recently broken the silence on the subject, stating that not only is a second Green Lantern movie planned (the film just wrapped filming) but also a Flash movie is in the works.
Much like his green-hued compatriot, the fleet-footed scarlet speedster has enjoyed something of a renaissance lately with the revival of the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. No doubt the Flash would make an ideal candidate for a motion picture treatment, in fact there have been rumors dating back a few years that it was in the works, with Ryan Reynolds rumored to play the wise-cracking Wally West (Flash #3).
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But it sounds like we may have to wait a bit longer before fans are assaulted with Flash-themed movie tie-ins and the like as once again, Warner Bros. is very reluctant to bank on a horse that isn’t a sure thing.
Marc Guggenheim said: “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.’”