'Flash' may be speeding to a theater near you

flashImage Credit: Michael Turner/DC ComicsYesterday, Warner Bros. fleshed out some of the finer details about its upcoming film slate. And while the headline-grabbing news for may have been the announcement of Sherlock Holmes 2 (hitting theaters in December 2011), there were some other drool-worthy developments for comic book fanboys and girls. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said the studio was developing films with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and assorted Mad magazine characters. None of which should come as earth-shattering news. After all, these potential franchises have been buzzed about for a while. And the studio needs to scramble to find another golden goose once the Harry Potter movies come to a halt next year. But according to Meyer, it sounds like the first superhero speeding out of the gate will be The Flash, which is nearing a green light.

Never the biggest star of the DC galaxy, Flash is nevertheless an A-list superhero (well, maybe B+). Originally created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, he’s known for his super-speed, fire-engine red costume emblazoned with a lightning bolt, and a winged metal helmet conjuring the Greek god Hermes. He’s also a charter member of the Justice League (in other words, think box-office crossover potential). The problem with the Flash, though, has always been how to depict him onscreen without making his attributes look silly, like an over-cranked Benny Hill character. We’ll leave this up to the (better-paid) minds at the studio. But one thing they might want to steer clear of is anything resembling CBS’ 1990 live-action series starring John Wesley Shipp, Oxford Blues hottie Amanda Pays, and the guy from Becker.

So, now, let’s put it to you. Who do you think should play The Flash?

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  • Anon

    Ryan Reynolds would have made a great Flash.

    • John

      What? He can’t play three super-heroes? :)

    • Jason

      How about the “it doesn’t get made at all” option? A guy who runs really fast never seemed like a solid premise. Why not a flick about the guy who can eat a bunch of hot dogs really fast?

      • Ragna

        Obviously you’ve never read any of the comics based on The Flash. Both of the first two modern day Flashes (Barry Allen and Wally West) worked for the police department and put those skills to work in taking down some of the bad guys that they faced. And the Flash has one of the best Rogues Galleries in all of DC Comics, second probably to Batman’s. Personally I can’t wait to see what storyline and villians they choose for this movie.

    • Celia

      Ryan Reynolds is perfect for every superhero if you think about it.

  • Alt

    Geez, wow, did I love that Flash TV show when I was a kid…I was young and stupid, and man I dug it.

  • Lizzie Sibbald

    thats a hard one. I would say Jake Gyllenhaal….but hes off being prince of persia….though i think he’d be good for it.
    i have a feeling they might want someone like zac efron for the role…
    maybe John Krasinski seeing as he lost out on Captain America?

  • J.

    Ryan Reynolds–no wait, Chris Evans. I don’t know. I’m out of ideas…

    • Mike

      You and Hollywood. :-)

      The ironic part is this would’ve been a good role for both of them, as Flash is well known for being a wise-ass, and Reynolds and Evans would’ve played that part of his character well.

      • aj

        Aw, it’s always funnier the first time around. Kudos.

    • aj

      “I don’t know. I’m out of ideas…”

      Are you a Hollywood film executive?

      • Mike

        Ha – just under the wire. Great minds, and all that…

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  • Steph

    Yay Flash!
    I’m hoping for Wally West but I’m sure they’ll go with the original Flash. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to it. Glad it’s Warner Bros. making it and not Fox (blech).

  • DavidJ

    I actually think there’s a lot of cool ways they could realize his speed in CGI nowadays.

    And as far as the 1990 series goes, the only thing I’d like for them to keep is the theme music. I haven’t seen the show since it aired, but I STILL have that theme memorized! It was that good.

  • Alex

    The problem with the TV show is that it was something of a knockoff of the first Batman movie, right down to the Danny Elfman score. Dark and gritty just doesn’t work for the Flash. And that padded muscle suit didn’t help either.

    With Smallville come to an end next year I’d love to see Justin Hartley step up to play the Flash.

    • V

      who was the guy who actually played Impulse on Smallville? Why not him?

      • Alex

        Kyle Gallner. Not really who’d you think of as a “superhero” type. He is actually better suited for Bart than Barry or Wally.

  • Suz

    Scott Porter

  • MC

    Zachary Levi hands down….this guy deserves a shot to breakout. This could be the role to do it.

  • dmac2498

    Ryan Goseling!!! Nuff said…

  • Tony

    Adam Brody. He was supposed to play the Flash in the Justice League movie that started to come together last year, and was the only bit of casting I heard from that movie that I was excited about.

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  • Aliza

    Nathan Fillion ten years ago. Even five years ago. Hell, let’s just make Wally West a little older!

    and thanks for the shout out to comic fangirls, not just the boys :)

  • DIII

    Jim Parsons Nothing like a Sheldon Flash!!!

  • Alan

    How about Jeffrey Donovan? Perfect body type, sardonic sense of humor. A great fit.

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