Warner Bros. Hires Writers for GREEN LATERN 2 and THE FLASH

     June 9, 2010

Warner Bros. must really love the Green Lantern dailies. In a bold move, the studio has decided to have the writers of Green Lantern, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, develop treatments for both Green Lantern 2 and The Flash. Additionally, the trio would then go on to write the screenplay for one of the films. Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Green Lantern 2 will ostensibly continue the intergalactic story of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) while The Flash will probably use the Barry Allen version of the character. At the very least, the writing is in capable hands considering that Berlanti, Guggenheim and Green have created the TV series Everwood, Eli Stone and Kings, respectively. Hit the jump for my thoughts on this big news.

The most curious aspect of this announcement is the timing. Committing to sequel when the first film is still a year away from release is rather unusual, especially when considering the somewhat a movie from the DC universe is not a sure bet at the box office if the superhero’s name isn’t “Batman”. Though this news is exciting and could be seen as a portent that the WB-DC union is finally ready to fulfill its potential, I am not so sure. Diane Nelson, the president of DC Entertainment, needed to make a splashy announcement if only to make sure DC Entertainment, with no summer releases, was not rendered entirely irrelevant by Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3 and the like.

Also, the early commitment to Green Lantern 2 is the necessary counter to Marvel Studios’ assertion that Deadpool (also starring Reynolds) is a high-priority film. Reynolds is one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood right now, meaning the Marvel and DC studios are in a race to cash in on his current popularity.

That said, the commissioning of two film treatments, while a positive sign, is not proof that WB-DC have finally turned things around and will regularly produce quality films. Here’s hoping Green Lantern changes my mind about that.

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