Via unsinkable Kevin Melrose at [email protected] we have learned that two long-cherished comics-to-film adaptations have been scuttled.
First, David Goyer reveals at his MySpace blog that his Flash film is as dead as Barry Allen:
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.
Out next item is one that we felt in our bones the other day, but now it is revealed by The Man himself: The Joss Whedon Wonder Woman film is…KAPUTSKI:
You (hopefully) heard it here first: I’m no longer slated to make Wonder Woman. What? But how? My chest… so tight! Okay, stay calm and I’ll explain as best I can. It’s pretty complicated, so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated.
Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.
The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I’m a free man.
Wha-but—didn’t he write the cool girl characters? NO! In this final, cathartic post — much akin to a drawing room scene where all the clues are cleared up–Whedon explains all.
Finally and forever: I never had an actress picked out, or even a consistant front-runner. I didn’t have time to waste on casting when I was so busy air-balling on the script.
[snip]ps All right, it was Cobie Smulders. Sorry, Cobes.
As shocked as we are to find out that there really is an actress named Cobie Smulders, we’re more saddened by this never-to-be film, thrown on the scrapheap of what-might-have-beens, along with Terry Gilliam’s Watchmen, Darren Aronofsky’s Dark Knight and Kevin Smith’s Superman.
Good-bye, Joss Whedon Wonder Woman rumors. We had a good run.
PS: Please, please, please Joel Silver, just let the greatest female hero of them all get her due. please. No Akiva. Please. Just this once.