Exclusive: Michael Cera Cast as The Flash!

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2013 at 11:42 pm,

the flash movie dc entertainment Exclusive: Michael Cera Cast as The Flash!


While I have no doubt this will cause a mixed reaction for fans of DC Comics character, young awkward-comedy actor Michael Cera has signed a multi-picture contract to play the title character in The Flash for Warner Bros./DC Entertainment.

From what we’re told, plans are now in place, with both Ryan Reynolds and Michael Cera optioned for extra pictures, for each actor to have their solo character films come out in 2011, paving the path for the Superman reboot and Batman 3 to follow the year after. The four character movies are set to feature major guest appearances, and will ultimately lead to a Justice League team-up film.

There were rumors about a possible delay on The Flash back in October, but those were shot down by screenwriter Dan Mazeau, as they were actually in the final stages of finishing the story and script.

The folks at Warner Bros. are very excited about Mazeau’s screenplay (with a consulting and story treatment by Geoff Johns) and are fast-tracking the film for a production start late this summer, with a release next Fall.  Warner Bros. is also in the process of finalizing the negotiations with Greg Berlanti (he helped write Green Lantern) to helm The Flash and some more official announcements will hit next week.

We’re told that Warner Bros. wants to kick off the summer 2013 with Justice League, but the one hitch is trying to get a Wonder Woman project off the ground. They wanted to have that come sooner, but troubles with the script and finding the right story made them jump on the opportunity to do The Flash first.

As for the leading actor, Cera is coming off a busy two years and with the great buzz surrounding his role in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (check out the trailer to see why), the studio wanted to ensure they got a bankable, recognizable and likable young star to play the role and keep the movie entertaining. The studio is taking the “Iron Man approach” with both Green Lantern and The Flash, in that they’ll be quite a bit lighter than the upcoming darker and gritter takes on Superman and Batman.

If you’re unaware of the story for The Flash movie, here’s the plot summary, courtesy of a DCE/WB press release:

While touring the crime scene lab of his uncle, Barry Allen, teenager Wally West is doused in chemicals after a lightning bolt strikes them, which enables him to run faster than any other human being on earth. Becoming the Flash, Wally sets out to protect the people of his city from the villainous threats that arise.

DCE/WB is taking no chances in casting the leads for all of their comic book movies, with Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and now Michael Cera as Wally West. I think Cera is… an interesting choice for the part but I’ll say that he’ll definitely need to bulk up big time over the summer.

Check out what Cera had to say about snagging this big-time superhero role.

With the trend in casting so far, we can expect a recognizable star to get a chance at playing the Man of Steel as well, in the reboot of Superman. He’ll definitely be the most difficult hero to cast for the studio.

What do you think of the choice to play our favorite lightning-fast hero in red?

Source: DC Comics & Warner Bros. Entertainment

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  1. Wow. Troll for the loss.

    I'm glad you read the site, though, at least.

  2. Did you check the source link at the bottom?

  3. :)

  4. Same here

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    Oh man… hang on a sec… I'm tearing up. Hard. To. Type…..

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  11. I pity da fool…

  12. I was trying to settle and tell myself it's be okay and good. Then I realized once again what today is and…. wow… BIG sigh of relief…

  13. XD wowww got me good

  14. Well If you can accept Chris Evans as Captain America… Why is this such a stretch for all of you???

  15. Well crafted

  16. lol. after going through the first 4 pages of google images to see who michael cera is and seeing nothing but this dorky kid's face page after page, it dawned on me to come back here and check the date of this article because it was too ridiculous to accept.

    lol almost got me……

  17. i know this seems like an april fools article, which i think it probabaly is, but dont you guys usually post at the beginging or end of the article that it is in fact an april fools like the breaking dawn post just before this? so i am curious if its true just because it was posted on the 1st doesnt make any article a fools joke. if not wow. everyone else thinks it is. but if Cera can bulk up he would definitly need to work on his abnocious( probably not spelled right) comedy to be the flash. he should have been in kick-ass like foggle. lol. but as long as its the right take on the flash lets see it.

  18. OMG if this turned out to be true.. I would boycott this movie with the quickness!! I would despise every part of it. I would change the channel if the trailer came on the tv screen! If I saw a poster I would turn my back to it while I walked by so I don't even see it in my peripheral! If I was at the movie theatre and the trailer came on before my favorite movie I would walk out the theatre till its finished and throw up before I came back in just to cleanse myself… Matter of fact I'm sick to my stomach even reading about this in the article… Excuse me….

  19. ceras a good actor but i just cant see him as the Flash i mean come on the kids a limp- noodle.

  20. a bumbling, awkward, spazmatic flash is all we need.

  21. WTF!!!!! Hollywood stop casting these clowns because their popular. Get people that fit the role…..

  22. Not digging the fact that theyre skipping Barry Allen and going right to Wally West. Im not a big Michael Cera fan to begin with so I have to say I just dont trust this one. The Flash is a big DC character and I just dont feel like Cera will fit the role. I hope Im wrong.

  23. im going to die