By Bryan Martin
After already losing multiple directors, it seems that there is more trouble ahead for DC’s upcoming solo outing for The Flash. Variety reports that the project will be undergoing a complete page-one rewrite to be conducted by Joby Harold. Harold's credits include Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and not much else, making this a monumental task for the fairly untested screenwriter.
,At first glance, this could be heartbreaking news for Flash fans. But, taking a step back, this could be the best thing that has happened to the movie. After all, Suicide Squad was reported to be a rushed production, and there were definite times where it felt like the script needed more time to develop before the movie had been made. With director Rick Famuyiwa having left The Flash already and no new director in place, there is no connective tissue holding this movie together. Sometimes, the best thing to do when a project falls apart is to simply start over. This could also allow this movie to move away from the tone of the previous DC movies, which are having a hard time connecting with fans.
Hopefully, this is a sign DC is willing to take its time with The Flash in order to really get it right. Time will only tell, but I would not be surprised if the next bit of news we get about this movie is a change in its current July 27, 2018 release date.
By Bryan Martin
Though there has still been no confirmation as to whether or not we’ll see the Emerald Crusader in this year’s upcoming Justice League, a report from Deadline states that DC and Warner Bros. are moving forward with the Green Lantern Corps movie with a script to be written by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes.
Most remember Goyer due to his previous work on the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and more recently as the major contributor to DC’s Extended Universe with Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. Justin Rhodes, on the other hand, has only a few credits to his name. His most notable work is 2008’s Contract Killers, which he also directed, and has an incredibly low 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Goyer will also take on producing duties for the project with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg serving as executive producers.
The script is being described as Lethal Weapon in space and will include both Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart as members of the Green Lantern Corps. By taking advantage of the buddy-cop approach, DC could be aiming to drop the dark tones of its previous entries in favor of a more light-hearted yet action packed romp. Also, DC may be trying to move away from its Earth based heroes and explore its intergalactic history, a move that worked well for Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy and, with the right director, could do the same for them.
This storyline brings back memories of the animated film, Green Lantern: First Flight, which also took place off Earth and explored the origins of Hal Jordan and his early days training under Sinestro. By focusing the story on the Corps itself, the film would allow viewers to see more of Sinestro’s oversight as a leading member of the Green Lantern Corps and his slow but steady disillusionment with the organization as a whole that eventually leads to him becoming their greatest enemy. This could be the first groundwork for the strong, consistent villain in the DC Extended Universe.
Right now there is too little to report on where the story will take our intergalactic peacekeepers, but Deadpool put it best when he merely asked that the super suit “not be animated”.
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