Warner Bros Speedily Replaces Director on The Flash Movie

Right on the heels of Joss Whedon's departure from Wonder Woman, news comes in that Warner Brothers has switched directors on the Flash movie. Shawn "Night at the Museum" Levy Replaces David "Blade" Goyer...
Shawn Levy, the director of "Night at the Museum" (which just crossed $225 million domestically and is still going) just got his next high-profile gig, stepping into David Goyer's shoes to direct the big screen adaptation of The Flash. Ryan Reynolds has been mentioned for lead role in The Flash several times through out the years.

The Flash first appeared almost seventy years ago in "Flash Comics #1", written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Harry Lampert. There have been four incarnations of the Flash in the comic books over the years and he has remained one of DC's most consistently popular characters, even getting a short-lived but beloved TV series.

David Goyer, who brought Blade to the big screen and co-wrote Batman Begins, was going to tackle The Flash for Warner Brothers as writer, director, and producer, but he quietly left the project a few months ago.

"I am sad to say that my version of 'The Flash' is dead at WB. The God's honest truth is that WB and myself simply couldn't agree on what would make for a cool Flash film. 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 groundbreaking film. But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction."

Shawn Levy is mostly known for comedy, having directed The Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen before getting the Night at the Museum gig. He will probably aim for a lighter movie than Superman Returns or Batman Begins, a more family-friendly film, while Goyer was trying to make a dark version of the comic legend.

Levy will write a new draft of The Flash, but The Hollywood Reporter believes that elements of Goyer's vision will be used to develop that draft. If he'll be credited is unclear at this point.

If Ryan Reynolds, who was heavily attached to the Goyer version of The Flash, will still be involved with the Shawn Levy version is also unclear.
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2/6/2007
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