On the same day come separate announcements stating that David Goyer is no longer writing and directing The Flash and that Joss Whedon is no longer involved with Wonder Woman.
Sucks to be a fan of either one of those now, I’m afraid. I predict development limbo for both of them, if they ever get made. I say that because I really don’t think that the superhero movie genre will be “hot” indefinitely. As a matter of fact this year may be the peak, with three superhero movies being released (Spiderman III, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ghost Rider).
I really think that 2008 may be the tail end of the “great superhero movie era” with Iron Man and The Hulk (I think) slated for release. Movie genres come and go in cycles in Hollywood (remember after Star Wars when a new Sci Fi movie would come out pretty much every month?), and there’s only so much money to go around for productions.
I was really looking forward to The Flash as I think it’s a great character with a lot of potential. It was too bad that when the short-lived TV series came out it was on the heels of Tim Burton’s Batman… they tried to emulate that dark style for the TV show and it was just plain wrong. The Flash was never a “dark” character, so the show should haven’t attempted to emulate the style of the Batman movies of the time.
As far as Wonder Woman goes, the only reason I was looking forward to that was the fact that Joss Whedon was in charge. His tragically short-lived TV series Firefly was amazing and the film version, Serenity is one of my all-time favorite movies. I just watched it with Whedon’s commentary a couple of days ago and it made me like him and the movie that much more.
Bummer all around.