Director Shawn Levy on What Happened to His FLASH Movie

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Back in 2007, director Shawn Levy was attached to direct The Flash for Warner Bros.  At the time, comic book movies were beginning their rise to prominence, and The Flash was a high profile project for the studio (it still is).  At the time, Levy was coming off Night at the Museum, which had made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, so it wasn’t a surprise when he landed the gig.  Since then, I’ve wondered what happened and why his version of The Flash never got made.  So when I got to speak with Levy at this weekend’s press junket for Real Steel, one of the many things we talked about was what happened to The Flash.  He told me:

“I oversaw a draft for about three-and-a-half months.  And, at that time, I learned two things.  One, if you’re going to take on a character like that… I was still the family comedy guy.  And I just felt like, I gotta get a few more under my belt before I can claim the legitimacy of making a movie like that.  And that’s what I’m doing, to be very honest.  I’m not saying I have a master plan to go back to The Flash.  In the end, The Flash went away because Justice League was gonna happen.  And then it didn’t happen.  To my great dismay, because I would have been first in line for that, too.”

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While Levy is definitely not a fanboy favorite, I’ve seen Real Steel.  It’s a big step forward for Levy and I’m extremely confident that after people get to see it, Levy is going to be looked at in a whole new light.  He might even be the one you want to tackle an upcoming comic book movie.

And who knows…Warner Bros. has been struggling to get The Flash made for many years, perhaps Levy could end up back on that project.  But if the box office for Real Steel is big, I’m sure Levy is going to be offered a lot of high profile choices.

Here’s what Levy said about what happened on The Flash and what he wants for his career.  I’m always a fan of people that talk honestly and without pretense, and I give Levy a lot of credit for both.

And if you missed what Levy told me about Fantastic Voyage, Frankenstein, and his updates on The Hardy Men and Night at the Museum 3, just hit the links.  Look for more with Levy soon.

Collider:  There were rumors you were attached to The Flash.

Shawn Levy:  I was attached to The Flash.  You know…I’m going to give you the candid answer.  After Night at the Museum, I got offered The Flash.  I was like, “Well, first of all, what?!  Why?”  I know Night at the Museum was a big commercial movie and had a lot of visual effects, but… Look, I love The Flash.  Mostly because it was this nickname I had in my youth.  And I liked it because I liked the comics.  But I was a sprinter.  And I was really into running fast.  It’s fucking geeky.  Attached to The Flash, I oversaw a draft for about three-and-a-half months.  And, at that time, I learned two things.  One, if you’re going to take on a character like that… I was still the family comedy guy.  And I just felt like, I gotta get a few more under my belt before I can claim the legitimacy of making a movie like that.  And that’s what I’m doing, to be very honest.  I’m not saying I have a master plan to go back to The Flash.  In the end, The Flash went away because Justice League was gonna happen.  And then it didn’t happen.  To my great dismay, because I would have been first in line for that, too. Is it still….I don’t even know.

Collider: You know, I’ve said this on the site, I’ve said that after Real Steel comes out and fanboys see this, that you’re going to be seen in a whole new light with a lot of people.  And you getting attached to a comic book movie is something fans/geeks are going to get excited about.

Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman on the set of REAL STEELLevy:  I’m aware of the kind of movies I’ve made, and I’m grateful for their success.  But there will be a before and after Real Steel.  I know it.  This movie is so different from the prior ones.  I finally got to show some shit that I hadn’t been given the opportunity.  And the bottom line is when Jim Cameron saw twenty minutes of Real Steel, he offered me Fantastic Voyage.  When the Frankenstein people atFox saw some of Real Steel, we started talking Frankenstein.

Collider: If Warner Bros came at you and said we still want to do The Flash is this something…because here’s the thing: you can only do one movie every other year.

The truth is, we never got the Flash script right.  I still love that character.  I’ve had no talks.  But I’m waiting and seeing.  In two weeks we’ll see what the fallout from Real Steel is.  I do know that there may very well be a comic book hero in my future.  I would like that very much.  I also know that I never wanted a purely comedy career.  The careers I admire most are eclectic.  They’re genre diverse.  Whether it’s Peter Weir, or Ron Howard, or Zemeckis.  It’s always humanist, it tends to be commercial.  But it’s not just the same thing.  And that’s what I’m trying to build here.  And that’s why I’m talking things like Fantastic Voyage, why I’m talking things like Frankenstein.  Always character-based, like Real Steel is.  You’ve seen this.  Real Steel, you go in thinking it’s about robots wailing on each other.  You come out, you know it’s something different or something more.  Same with Fantastic Voyage and very much the same with Frankenstein.

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  • Lorraine Titmuss

    I hope they will include the following characters in a new Flash movie series:

    Kid Flash, Impulse, Iris West Allen, Linda Park, Iris West, Tornado Twins, XS, Max Mercury, Johnny Quick, Jesse Chambers, Dr. Tina McGee, Valerie Perez, Red Trinity, Elongated Man, Sue Dibny, Winky, Blinky, and Noddy, Solovar, Paul Gambi

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in a new Flash movie series:

    Abra Kadabra, Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness), Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer), Captain Cold, Golden Glider, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Top, Trickster, Weather Wizard,
    The Rival, Professor Zoom, Zoom, Inertia, Fiddler, Gorilla Grodd, Magenta, Manfred Mota, Murmur, Peek-A-Boo, Ragdoll, Rainbow Raider, Savitar, Shade, Tar Pit, Thinker, Turtle

    • Cmon

      Oh yeah, not too much to ask for. just include these 60 characters in a single movie. GL was terrible, the Flash wont be any better. Keep wishin Lorraine

      cmon now

    • The Train!

      i think any attempt to make movies for the second-tier characters needs to deal with the limp rogues gallery for these heroes. captain boomerang? weather wizard? and wonder woman’s rogues gallery is worse. batman and superman have a couple of epic villains, but no one really hits that mark among the other justice league heroes.

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  • Didier

    hahaha Real Steel is going to be one of the worst movies of all time. sucks this guy won’t be able to get a job after it drops

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  • Steven

    As odd as it may seem I feel like the Green Lantern movie has ruined the flash for me. Why? Because it stole the best big name actor to play the flash and shove him into a role he did not fit and into a movie that diminished his star instead of brightening it. If they could have gotten Ryan Reynolds into the red jumper in 2007 I would have been so happy. Now? Not so much. Just find the right script and right director and then don’t worry about getting a big name to play the part.

    Steven
    http://www.reddwarfmedia.com

  • Sugreev2001

    You want to know what happened ?
    Some executive at WB grew a brain cell.

  • Brett

    Just please keep Geoff Johns AWAY FROM THE MOVIE!!! He’s ruining DC Comics, ruined Green Lantern and I hope WB learns from their mistakes and keeps the idiots running DC far, far away from the films.

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  • ozzie

    some super heroes just don’t translate well to live action flicks … the new superman is going to suck just like all that came before just because he’s a wonky hero that doesn’t translate well to live action.

    most DC heroes are so extreme and goofy they are not going to look good as a live movie.

    Batman works ok because he’s just a normal guy with hi tech gizmos although it’s looking like the last Nolan Batman is going to be bad judging by what Catwoman looks like.

  • Loballs

    The Flash should still happen because Ryan Reynolds wasn’t and shouldn’t be the choice for The Flash. Forget Wally FUCKING West already. You can’t jump into Wally West without Barry Allen. Wally is his nephew also Wally’s origin is absurd. Barry’s accident gave him his power that’s fine, but his nephew some how has the same fucking accident and gets the same powers? That’s just too damn much. The Flash should be about Barry Allen. No JLA bullshit. This isn’t MARVEL garbage, there is no need to force the characters together to make even more money. Don’t be like MARVEL please. Just be DC and tell a good story about The Flash.

    • Cypher

      No need to worry. I’m sure that in an attempt to make his origin “friendly” to non fanboys/comic book readers they’ll just say he’s a mutant and look at how fast he can run.

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