With the faint tinge of green glow already permeating movie houses with the upcoming debut of Green Lantern, there's another hero in DC's library that needs his moment to shine. And given his speed, one should wonder this — what took so long?
Although not in the informal DC trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, The Flash is arguably DC's fourth most popular hero — sorry Hal Jordan. DC has already tapped the writers behind the GL movie to work up a Flash movie script, but not much has been heard since. DC are betting big on the success of Green Lantern, and now's our chance to tell them how they could do The Flash movie — and do it right. I do admit that The Flash has never had a live action film to Remake & Reboot, but given the mark left after the early 90s TV series The Flash I think DC has a lot of remaking and rebooting to do to make a Flash film franchise work.
The story of The Flash would center on Central City CSI lab tech Barry Allen, who is in the doldrums and overworked with a string of unsolved cases by someone calling himself Captain Cold sitting on his desk. That all changes in a freak accident that gifts him with super-speed, and after reading reports of super-heroes springing up in Gotham, Metropolis and Coast City he takes on the name of forgotten hero the Flash. Using his criminal investigative skills and his superpowers, the Flash tries to put a stop to Captain Cold's conspiracy when his appearance draws the ire of Gorilla Grodd.
For The Flash film, the key special effect in this is speed. Not only do the filmmakers have to depict it, but they have to do it with a memorable and iconic style and plausibility. In the same way that Iron Man focused on the tech of the hero, The Flash needs to make super-speed more than just running fast but one of the coolest powers around.
To take on this speed-centric cinematic experience, I'd look no further than Alfonso Cuarón. He showed his chops with Children of Men, and has also shown he can keep control of a big franchise with Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. I'd love to see Cuarón take on The Flash as a challenge, mixing the needs of a super-hero movie with his drive to push himself with difficult but rewarding shots as seen in Children of Men.
Barry Allen / The Flash — Bradley Cooper: As we stated back in March, Cooper is designed for a comic book movie — and I think Barry Allen has his number. Cooper has a background in action movie as well as comedy, giving the Flash alot of range and a heaping helping of charm.
Iris West / Chyler Leigh: Although she might be pigeon-holed as a TV actress after her work on Grey's Anatomy, Avengers' Hawkeye Jeremy Renner was in that same position until someone took a chance on him with The Hurt Locker. Leigh has just the right mix of looks, romantic versatility and comedy to be more than a match for Barry Allen.
Gorilla Grodd / Vincent D'Onofrio: While he plays a cop for his role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, D'Onofrio has made quite a living as a chief antagonist in films such as The Cell, Imposter, The Salton Sea and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. The actor has just the right skill and aptitude to play a hyper intelligent and menacing gorilla; he could even channel a bit of Orson Welles, a role he played in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.
Captain Cold — Harvey Keitel: Keitel can do cold, calm and cool — just look at his role in Pulp Fiction. Tone down the suaveness and turn up the gruffness, and Keitel could be a dominant force in The Flash film. In this first film he might run solo, but I could easily imagine Kietel-as-Cold putting the pieces together for the Rogues in the future.