Greg Berlanti Might Direct ‘The Flash’

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Right on the heels of the breaking news that the Dark Knight team is handling the Superman reboot comes this new exclusive from our friends over at IESB claiming that writer/director Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) is strongly considered by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. as the director for the big-screen adaptation of The Flash.

If you don’t know Berlanti’s name, he has been in the TV business for awhile, either writing, producing, creating and consulting on shows like  Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone and Brother & Sisters.

‘That’s an impressive TV resume, but what does it have to do with a comic book movie?’ you may be asking. Well, if you aren’t up to speed, you may not remember that Berlanti is one of the writers of the Green Lantern movie (he co-wrote it with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green), and at one point, early on, Berlanti was attached to direct Green Lantern, before DC/WB ultimately decided on Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.

Despite losing out on Green Lantern, Berlanti was apparently a strong team player during the pre-production process, and that hard work has not gone unnoticed. He isn’t yet confirmed for The Flash director’s chair, but is said to be “the leading contender” for the job.

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Back during Comic Con 2009, I spoke to DC Comics writer Geoff Johns (who is now a top exec at DCE) about The Flash movie. Johns has been writing The Flash comic book since 2000 and was responsible for bringing back Silver Age Flash Barry Allen and generally making the character as popular as he did Hal Jordan when he took over the Green Lantern series. At the time of Comic Con, Johns had recently turned in a treatment for The Flash movie and had a little bit to share about his vision:

“We’re caught up in a world that’s obsessed with speed these days. Texting, faster downloading… We’re always looking for ways to speed things up, it can be hard to slow ourselves down.”

Certain other comments led me to believe that Barry Allen will indeed be the Flash we see on the big screen and that at the core of the film will be Allen’s struggle with the same “speed force” that provides him with his quick-footed power. No word since then about whether or not Johns’ treatment will be the basis for the script, or who the writer would be. As for who might be playing the Flash? We have some early casting picks – check them out and see if you agree.

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I’m sure a lot of us are not familiar enough with Greg Berlanti’s onscreen work to know for sure whether or not he’d make a good director for The Flash, but the man certainly seems to have paid his dues and in that sense, who am I (or you) to say he’s not worthy?

DCE is dropping major announcements left and right these days, so stay tuned; I’m sure we’ll be hearing further details about their plans for The Flash sooner before later. Based on some of our polls lately, a lot of you are eager to see the Scarlett Speedster race to the screen.

Source: IESB

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  1. I'm surprised to see that this movie is actually moving along!! FINALLY! After years and years of it being in pre-production. I guess Berlanti may be able to pull it off, it does concern me that he has no experience in directing film, but we will never know if he is any good until we give him a shot. He has been part of writing very good scripts – so why not? I hope they actually go through with this movie and will come out soon. Josh Duhamel is perfect for the role of the Flash – just to throw that in there. He would look great in that role and would be the best choice for it if they are looking for a familiar face to play the role.
    I wonder what other movies DCE is also planning on moving forward with… Wonder Woman please!! We need some woman power on the big screen to keep these “boys” in line!! If done right this movie could be good… It's all about the production team!
    And I would also like to see Aquaman and Captain Marvel, since we already know Superman, GL and Batman 3 is coming to the big screen!! Marvel would never be able to top that!!

  2. Awesome that they're actually making the movie, but (not discriminating) the last time somebody let a gay person make a comic book movie it didn't turn out to well (Batman's 3&4). Sorry, but that's just the only time it's happened and it has scarred the nerd community ever since so I wouldn't hold my breath.

  3. Exciting news! I really want this movie to move forward. The Flash has always been one of my favorite superheroes. As much as I'd rather see the Barry Allen version of the Flash (Wentworth Milller, Josh Duhamel, Mathew Fox, Nathan Fillion…so many choices), I'd really like to see NPH as Wally West. I'm so torn and thankful that I'm not a movie exec!

  4. Bryan Singer is gay, dude.

  5. Cant say this character does much for me, he can run really fast, seems pretty one dimensional to me.
    My only hope is that there are plans to make a Justice League movie using all of these newer DC movies, then again that wont work becuase JLA needs Batman. And Christian Bale doesnt play well with others.

  6. Are you kidding or are you serious? I was referring to Shumacker, and Singer did an okay job.

  7. What exactly does sexuality have to do with directing a movie?

  8. Yeah I'm not big on the character, but I think it'd be cool. I'm not real familiar with this Berlanti guy either, but he seems like a young, cool dude that knows what he's doing. I would be fine with him doing “The Flash”. I'm just glad DC is finally going to give Marvel a run for its money! Even though Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are better than anything Marvel has put out.

  9. For people who don't think The Flash is an engaging character – I'll how an op-ed up for you next week explaining just how wrong that assumption is.

  10. Thank you haha because I'm not overly familiar with the character. He can run fast… Hopefully you'll prove me wrong

  11. I am serious. Singer is openly gay. Shot your theory to hell… and just because you put in parenthesis “not discriminating” doesn't mean you aren't.

  12. I too would like to read that, Kofi. In particular, I would like to know how the flash compares in speed to Superman.

  13. This is exciting, if it's true. I also hope the news on David Goyer and the Nolan brothers working on Man of Steel is true, that Jonah Nolan is directing the Man of Steel is true, that they are getting serious about Batman 3, and that Christopher Nolan directs a Justice League movie is true. Now all we need is some news on a Wonder Woman movie.

  14. Oh man, i'm looking forward to this movie. I sure hope it is really good. I have to admit, i sort of liked the 90s TV series too. Heh heh

  15. I don't have any thiing against gay people. And I had no idea that Singer was gay.

  16. There is only one actor qualified for this role and that is Bradley Cooper.

  17. There is only one actor qualified for this role and that is Bradley Cooper.

  18. Regardless of whether Singer is gay or not he still makes CRAP superhero films.

  19. Quite well. As in completely outstrips him.

  20. Regardless of whether Singer is gay or not he still makes CRAP superhero films.

  21. Quite well. As in completely outstrips him.

  22. I like to see Mark-Paul Gosselaar to play “The Fastest Man Alive”

    I think it will be a great idea to see him stepping in the Red & Yellow Lightning Bolt Costume if Greg Berlanti makes that decision for him to play “The Flash”.

    The Supporting Casting Call Characters: Kate Hudson as Iris West, Josh Brolin as Dr. Jerry Mcgee, Jennifer Connelly as Tina Mcgee, Claire Danes as Patty Spivot, Christina Ricci as Daphne Dean, Tony Goldwyn as Detective Fred Chyre, Tom Skerrit as Dexter Myles, and J.K. Simmons as Henry Allen, Diane Wiest as Nora Allen

    Here is the Super Villain Casting Call: (In the upcoming sequels) as Paul Gambi
    Rupert Everett as Professor Zoom/Dr. Eobard Thawne, Denis Leary as Captain Cold/Leonard Snart, Jeff Goldblum as The Mirror Master/Samuel Scudder, Kevin Bacon as The Boomerang/George “Dagger” Harkness, Tom Everett Scott as The Trickster/James Jesse,

  23. “As in completely outstrips him.”
    What I can not believe!