[Update: IGN reports that Bradley Cooper is denying any connection to The Flash movie - stating, he's "never heard of it." Cooper previously denied being involved with The A-Team, so it's probably too early to rule him out entirely for The Flash.]
The fastest man alive has certainly taken his time getting to the big screen. Fortunately, it sounds as though DC and Warner Bros. intend to make The Flash worth the wait.
Yet, you can only tease us fans with script updates or opaque references to the film's tone for so long. Eventually, we become hungry for something more substantial – like discussing who might don the scarlet speedster's costume.
Ryan Reynolds was a top contender for The Flash before he signed on to play Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, and let's face it – he can't play every comic book hero in Hollywood (although he's certainly trying). Instead, Moviehole claims that Bradley Cooper has emerged as one of the frontrunners for The Flash.
Obviously these are the earliest of discussions being had and we're bound to hear a few more names tossed around before all is said and done, but Cooper might have an advantage over other potential candidates.
Having been considered for Green Lantern as well, Cooper is obviously popular with the higher-ups at Warner Bros. Yet, these studio short lists can be somewhat unreliable given that any actor with the slightest bit of buzz attached to their name can find their way onto one.
More telling, however, is that DC is evidently eager to have Coooper be “part of the family,” which hints that this goes beyond the “who's hot right now?” factor. So while Cooper may have missed his first opportunity to play a superhero, that old saying about closed doors and open windows seems appropriate.
I have a hard time picturing him as the Wally West version of The Flash, but given that this film likely features “Silver Age” Flash, Barry Allen - this wouldn't be the worst choice. Cooper isn't as effortlessly charming as Reynolds, but he does have that same sardonic wit and self-assuredness. It's easy to see how they'd both be up for the same roles.
Cooper's breakout hit was The Hangover and although he's known primarily for comedy, he's actually a pretty versatile actor. It sounds as though The Flash has some darker elements to it and it would be interesting to see him take on a role that requires more from him than we're used to seeing.
This rumor, coupled with the fact that screenwriters Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green are set to hand in their script to DC and Warner Bros. this Christmas, makes it sound like The Flash is building up some serious momentum.
I've always been a DC Comics guy, so it's particularly satisfying to watch characters other than Superman and Batman finally get an opportunity to shine. While Green Lantern sounds like it's going to be absolutely epic, there's a lot of potential in The Flash as well.
I still think Reynolds was better suited to the red tights, but that ship has sailed. There were also some solid choices on our senior editor's Flash wish list.
How would you feel about Bradley Cooper as The Flash?