Shawn Levy Replaces David Goyer for The Flash

It’s been a big week for firings over at Warner Bros, and it seems that at the same time Joss Whedon was getting the boot from his Wonder Woman movie, comic book screenwriter extraordinaire David Goyer was on his way off of The Flash adaptation as well. Goyer recently confirmed this via his MySpace page (yes, David S. Goyer has a MySpace page): “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 ground-breaking film. But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction. I expect you’ll hear of some new developments on that front shortly.”

The interesting thing here is that his successor has already been announced, and it is none other than Shawn Levy, of Night at the Museum/Cheaper By The Dozen fame. I’m sure a lot of comic book fanboys are going to be pissed, because Goyer has come to be a reliable name for comic book movies, but the truth is, a lot of his work hasn’t been that amazing (ahem… Blade: Trinity). I even thought the writing on Batman Begins was a bit overwrought, but it should be interesting to see a comedy director on board for The Flash. Apparently Levy does want to make a movie that is lighter in tone than Goyer’s version of The Flash, and hey I’m okay with that. Are you?

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  • Henrik

    Maybe this means that The Flash won’t have amazing dialogue like

    “You’re not the devil. You’re practice!”

    Not a big David Goyer fan, but to be fair, the first 2 Blade movies do rule.

    The Flash is a pretty ridiculous superhero though. He runs fast, which doesn’t make for very exciting cinema, and his main nemesis (as far as I recall) is a guy called Captain Boomerang. I can’t see them turning out a Flash movie that won’t be laughable.

  • Greg

    Oh Henrik. I’ll chalk this up to you not being very familiar with the comic and let this slide. However, when writers such as Mark Waid and Geoff Johns were at the helm of the Flash comic it was one of the most well-written books out there at the time. It was even featured in Entertainment Weekly of all places. It had heart and made you really feel for the character. He did more than just ‘run fast’. As far as his nemesis’ go…well…when a writer can take characters like Captain Boomerrang, Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard and the Top and make them scary, evil and have most comic fans put the Flash’s Rogues Gallery on par with Batman’s or Spider-Man’s, I think they’ve done a heck of a job. Would Dave Goyer have done a good job on this? I don’t know. Nor do I know if this other guy will. I know the Flash’s character has always been one to be the smart ass on the Justice League, so maybe this dude is the right guy. Who knows? It would probably be best for eveyone to just watch the movie when it comes out and then decide if it’s ‘exciting cinema’ or not.

  • Henrik

    Well, I certainly am not as familiar with the Flash as you seem to be. I didn’t follow his own comic book (actually, I’m pretty sure he never had one in this dark, secluded corner of the world). He does run fast though!

    Most of the Flash I was exposed to was after the late 80s revamp of the DC universe, where I think he died, and the Kid Flash took over, and some random justice league short stories. In the post-John Byrne era though, it was always Green Lantern who was the smartass in the justice league (GL was a new person as well).

    I don’t mean to offend the Flash fans, of which I am sure there are plenty, but to rate his gallery of villains on par with Spider-Mans I think is stretching it a little bit. And I am sure that some amazing writers have been able to take some of the villains and make them believeable, genuinely terror-inducing villains, but you yourself almost seem to admit that it happened in spite of the characters, rather than because of the characters.