Well, the floodgates are open, the cat is out of the bag. Anything that Warner Bros. wanted to announce in secret at Comic-Con is out on the table. Corroborating the just released news of a Superman & Batman film is coming for 2015, THR is also advancing the story just a little: a “Flash” movie is being eyed tentatively for 2016 and a “Justice League” movie is looking like it will land in 2017. The bold move signifies that WB is finally ready to get into the ring with Marvel for super hero film box-office hegemony by staking some dates in the ground for their shared universe. At the same time, these plans sound like they are in the very early stages.
This is all starting to make sense. In one of the last David S. Goyer interviews, the writer of “Man Of Steel” and the would-be screenwriter of whatever the 2015 Superman & Batman film will be, suggested that the revelation of Superman would embolden and awaken other would-be heroes within this universe. “The idea is that Superman is the first one,” Goyer said last month. “There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he’s the one that changes things.”
It’s a smart and practical idea. A domino effect? Superman appear to the world and perhaps in this narrative Bruce Wayne is galvanized to become Batman because of Superman. And then The Flash and then Justice League? Makes sense to us.
Let’s not forget, David S. Goyer also wrote a version of “The Flash” movie several years ago, but it wasn’t to the studio’s liking back then. “The God’s honest truth is that WB and myself simply couldn’t agree on what would make for a cool Flash film,” Goyer wrote in a post on his long-deleted MySpace account years ago. “I’m quite proud of the screenplay I turned in. I threw my heart into it and I genuinely think it would’ve been the basis of a ground-breaking film. But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction.”
And this was way before “The Green Lantern” writers were commissioned to write a Flash screenplay. Warners had high hopes for a “Green Lantern” sequel and a “Flash” movie before “The Green Lantern” turned out to be a huge bomb for the studio. And presumably that version, written by Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green and Greg Berlanti, was scrapped.
Could Goyer dust off his old ‘Flash’ screenplay? Chances are it would need to be seriously retooled to fit into this universe, but a script does exist and Goyer is the man of the hour at Warner Bros. The million dollar question on many minds: How involved will Christopher Nolan be in any of these films and will he at least create the story template for the movies like he did for “Man of Steel”? We can only hope.