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Geoff Johns Producing The Flash For Warner Brothers
and much, much more in the pipeline...

Finally, we're going to see it on the big screen.
Last night The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Warner Brothers has created a brain trust similar to that which Marvel has done for its movie adaptations. Apparently since some time last Fall, Marv Wolfman, Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns have been on the WB payroll, looking at projects in development and taking a few back from producers that might not have had the right feel for them. And as of last night, it's official that the DC brain trust will bear fruit: Geoff Johns will produce the big-screen adaptation of The Flash, as well as has written a treatment for it.

Obviously a no-brainer here, as Johns made his bones following Mark Waid and Morrison's runs on The Flash. In addition, he's currently writing The Flash: Rebirth, which brings Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, back to life and into continuity. In short, they've got one of the best people for the job actually doing it.

Screenwriter Dan Mazeau will be fleshing out Johns' treatment, but likely under his watchful eye, along with the third eyes of Morrison and Wolfman. It's slated for a 2011 release, to follow Green Lantern, which now stars Ryan Reynolds, who was once on tap to play Wally West's incarnation of the Flash...it's confusing and incestuous, but we're still ready for it.

Though apparently Morrison and Wolfman have projects too early in the planning to confirm, the Hollywood Reporter did go on to mention a surprising amount of DC films in some stage of development:

"Bizarro Superman" being written by "Galaxy Quest" scribes David Howard and Robert Gordon; a sequel to "Constantine," with Goldsman and Erwin Stoff producing; two concurrent Green Arrow projects, an origin story and a prison-set one titled "Super Max"; and "Shazam," which was set up at New Line but has moved to Warners, with Pete Segal attached to direct.

It's the first I'd heard of a Green Arrow origin project, as well as the Bizarro Superman -- but since Galaxy Quest still rocks, we can probably trust that one. They're also looking for pitches on Adam Strange, and surprisingly, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way wants to produce Aquaman.

It's time to sit down with Gregory Noveck again and geek out.


Derek McCaw

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