Last week Warner Bros. revealed some very exciting news in the comic book movie adaptation realm. The studio announced their major plans for future films based on DC Comics’ series and heroes.
According to several tweets from Ben Fritz, which you can see below, there is a full schedule prepared for various comic book adaptations for Warner Bros. The schedule begins with the release of Suicide Squad in 2016 after the current upcoming film Batman Vs. Superman.
In 2017 we will supposedly get our first superhero movie focusing on a female lead with a Wonder Woman film. I’ll believe it when I see it though. In 2018 we get an Aquaman film which is exciting followed by a Shazam project.
You can see the tentative schedule below which is planned as far ahead as 2020.
- Aug. 2016: Suicide Squad
- June 2017: Wonder Woman
- Nov 2017: Justice League
- March 2018: The Flash
- July 2018: Aquaman
- April 2019: Shazam
- June 2019: Justice League 2
- April 2020: Untitled DC Film
- June 2020: Untitled DC Film
The CW has unsurprisingly ordered the comic book inspired series, “The Flash” to series. The show is both based on the comic and serves as a spinoff of their already popular series, “The Arrow.” The network has also greenlit the DC Comics series adaptation, “iZombie.”
“The Flash” stars Grant Gustin as the titular superhero, Barry Allen. In the series, Allen is a scientist who gains super-speed after getting hit by a lightning in a fateful experiment (check out the origin scene from “Arrow.”) Gustin’s Flash will be of course a far younger incarnation of Barry Allen (Gustin is only 24), in keeping with other CW superhero shows like “Arrow” and “Smallville.”
“iZombie” is about a med student (Rose McIver) who hides her undead nature by working at a Coroner’s Office, where she has access to the brains she needs to feed on – brains which, in turn, give her access to the corpse’s memories and voices in her head which can only be quieted by solving murder cases connected to those people.
According to a report from Deadline, Michelle Harrison has been cast in a recurring role in the upcoming CW series, “The Flash” She will play Barry Allen’s mother, Nora Allen.
The nature of the role is up for debate as Barry spoke about his mother’s death in his debut episode of “Arrow.” Whether the actress will appear in the form of flashbacks or some other form is currently unknown.
Harrison joins a cast that also includes Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells, and John Wesley Shipp, from the original “The Flash” TV series, in an unspecified role.
Harrison is most known for her role on the medical series, “Emily Owens, M.D.”
“The Flash” arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg who, along with Geoff Johns, will write the pilot episode with “Arrow” pilot director David Nutter at the helm
Since the incredible success of “Arrow,” The CW has decided to continue their foray into superhero TV with The Flash. The announcement of the new series was revealed a few months ago but it was originally planned to begin as a “backdoor pilot” on their hit series “Arrow,” where actor Grant Gustin would appear as Barry Allen before spinning off into his own TV series. However, Deadline is reporting that The Flash will now be getting a traditional pilot rather than becoming a spin-off.
“Arrow” creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg along with Geoff Johns are still signed on to write the pilot episode while pilot director David Nutter remains at the helm. Gustin will first appear as Barry Allen in the eighth episode of “Arrow” which is titled “The Scientist.” Set to air December 4th, the episode is described as follows:
“A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) to town. Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver and team with the investigation. Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he’s distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island. Meanwhile, Felicity takes a liking to Barry, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Oliver. Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus) asks Roy for help when a friend of hers goes missing. Roy is surprised when Thea not only encourages him to help, but joins the search. Unfortunately, Sin’s friend is connected to Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro), and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.”
No word about when the series will air but it is rumored to be planned with a midseason premiere.
A few months ago, The CW announced they were considering developing another comic book based series as a spinoff from their current hit series, “Arrow.” The new show would focus on the DC character the Flash. Then, it was announced that the network had officially cast the role. Grant Gustin will play the Flash/ Barry Allen in the series as well as in “Arrow.” Continue reading
Given the amount of success The CW received with their comic book based television series, “Arrow,” it is no surprise they are attempting it again. The network’s newest proposed series will be based on the DC Comic’s character The Flash. Continue reading