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. As soon as I saw the headline I knew it was a fake story. Nothing against Cera, think he’s great for what he does, but super heroes are not one of the things he does. Should have used Neil Patrick Harris instead of Cera to make this actually believable. Nice try though, Rob. :)

  2. April Fool's stories are stupid. These sorts of things used to catch people off guard back when the web was young, but now all they do is serve to irritate your users who are actually looking for real news.

    Sorry if I am coming off as a jerk about this, but for me, I remember it is April Fools after the first fake story of the day, which then means I have to suffer the rest of day with people thinking they are clever, when they aren't.

  3. GOT ME! Dangnabit!!!

  4. Agree with @Sean. Why Rob? Don't do this again..

  5. You b*%st£rd!!! You TOTALLY had me going then – I thought Warner's had completely lost their bl””d* minds!!!!

  6. Wow, I was really worried for a second. Thank god it's april fools day!

  7. Apart from the casting of Michael Cera as the Flash,I wish this article was true.

  8. Apart from the casting of Michael Cera as the Flash,I wish this article was true.

  9. haha nice story. Though with flash i really do hope it gets off the ground this time. As to when it will come out thats a bit hard to tell right now. With when batman 3 is to be released and whats going on with the superman reboot and all that. Since either superman or flash will probably be 2012 or 2013. As for justice league as much as i would love to see it i doubt we will see a jl film for at least 7 more yrs. With the way it takes to get these films off the ground and shot and all that. Plus the issues of getting ww going.

    As for flash i still think they will probably end up going with barry allen to start things off. That would be the best way in my opinion to start off the flash world. Then also include jay in some form and wally in a supporting role. Which could be expanded upon in sequels if they wanted to do the whole passing the torch to wally story.

  10. From the lines of Superbad, “”the fastiest kid alive” HAHAHAHAHAHAAH

  11. very obvious..

  12. Well Rob, you got me, I thought it was true. I don't get all the hate for April Fool's articles; come on guys, it's just a joke. It's not like Rob was saying a movie was coming out making fun of MacGyver or something. Oh, wait… :-)

  13. Joke or not, I wouldn't mind him as a young third generation Flash. You can't say he wouldn't make an interesting kid flash.

  14. come on…not for a second

  15. The headline was a dead give away that this was a fake story. While I like Cera and think he's good at what he does, he doesn't do super heroes. This would have had better legs if you had used NPH instead of Cera in the headline.

  16. Seems you take your movie news WAY too seriously. Lighten up, bro.

  17. You had me going up until the words “The Flash”. :)

  18. I knew it wasn't real, but good attempt Rob. It was quite the good April Fools Day article.

  19. Wanna know how I knew this story was a joke?


    Yeah. I'm sure Screenrant would get an exclusive story of this magnitude.

  20. ha ha u sneaky mofo i forgot it was april first, tushee

  21. oh man i thought this was real. u could've at least put happy april fools day or something at the end to let us know. oh well i would've been ok with this casting i guess anyway.

  22. Good April Fools joke. I see more along the lines of Neil Patrick Harris, or Bradley Cooper as the Flash

  23. Wow you S.O.B! Lol.
    Totally got me with this one!!

    I was actually getting pissed off for a second there.

  24. OMG… This was an April Fool's joke… *big sigh of relief* I was just about to start blogging my a$$ off about how terrible this situation would have been. Really got me there… lmao

  25. I think it was last years April Fool's that said the lead actor for Twilight would not return to the franchise; that was a great April Fools. I remember pages and pages of Twi-hards going crazy and threatening the author. Me and others were having a field day laughing. That was truly great!

  26. GG Rob, you got me.

  27. Hmmm… too angry for just a random reader – a rival site perhaps? Take off your mask and show us who you are, big guy.