This isn’t shaping up to be a very good day for Warner Bros. superhero movies — or at least the writers/directors of said movies. First Joss Whedon announces his departure from Wonder Woman, and now David S. Goyer reveals that he and the studio have parted ways on The Flash.
Goyer made the announcement today on his MySpace blog:
Well, I’ve been waiting a few months to relate this news — but 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 it. 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.
But in happier news, I’ll soon be able to report on what I’ve been doing INSTEAD of The Flash. Stay tuned.
Goyer’s involvement with the project was first announced in December 2004.
(Thanks to Ed Brubaker for the tip)
Update: In a follow-up entry, Goyer reveals that his script involved both Barry Allen and Wally West as The Flash: “I wanted to showcase the legacy aspect of the hero — as that was something that hadn’t been explored yet in film. Like Batman Begins, the script drew on some seminal comicbook runs (Mike Baron, Mark Waid, Geoff Johns).”
He also promises to post more about his other projects, and hints, “One of them takes place in the DC Universe.”