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The success of ‘Man of Steel‘ not withstanding, Warner Bros. and DC Comics made their first major breakthrough push toward a shared cinematic franchise in past weeks by introducing a ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ movie, though the silver screen was far from the only target. Sources say that DC has begun fast tracking a ‘Flash’ TV series to be spun off of ‘Arrow,’ but what does it mean for DC’s overall cinematic plans?
The news comes to us from Deadline, who believes The CW will expound upon its plans during the TCA press tour panel later today. For now, the current plan will be for ‘Arrow’ producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns to write the ‘Flash’ pilot, David Nutter to direct, and Berlanti and Kreisberg expected to run the potential series, while Marc Guggenheim remains with ‘Arrow.’
If and when The CW opts to move forward with ‘Flash,’ the character might first appear on ‘Arrow’ later this season, before building off into his own TV series. ‘Arrow’ fans will naturally point out that the Green Arrow-centric TV series has particularly avoided featuring any characters with superpowers, though producers expressed an openness to the idea of potentially incorporating Wonder Woman, who had herself been optioned for the TV series pilot ‘Amazon‘ this past season.
It also remains to be seen if a ‘Flash’ TV series would help build toward the inevitable ‘Justice League‘ movie, or simply build interest in the character before a cinematic iteration finally gets off the ground, as has been in the works for years. The character himself has a much stronger TV history, including a live-action 1990 TV series with John Wesley Shipp, and a more recent live-action adaptation from The CW’s own Superman origin tale, ‘Smallville.’
We’ll bring you the latest on a potential ‘Flash’ TV series as it develops, but what say you? Are you interested to see another ‘Justice League’-r brought to life, even if the ultimate movie goes a different way? Is ‘Arrow’ a good starting point for the character?
Fans will be getting the Batman/Superman film they have been clamoring for, according to reports from The Hollywood Reporter. Man of Steel director Zach Snyder is reported to take the helm. While it seems that Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the film, no actor for Batman has yet been rumored. Man of Steel scribe David Goyer is set to pen the script.
Also rumored: a Flash film for 2016 and a JLA movie for 2017.
The Warner Bros. panel is happening at San Diego Comic-Con, and full details are expected to be released then.
Hundreds of Sears Holdings Corp. employees apparently had a more interesting morning than you did.
At 11:30 a.m. today, 566 employees gathered at the retailers’ Hoffman Estates headquarters to break the world record for the largest number of people assembled in one place while wearing Superman costumes. (The previous record was 437 people, FYI.)
The stunt, a celebration of Sears’ brand placement in the upcoming “Man of Steel” movie, required working with Warner Bros. Pictures and costume-maker Rubie’s Costume Co. to design and create 600 of the official uniforms worn by British actor Henry Cavill in the film. Employees were allowed to keep the costumes.
According to a Sears statement, “pivotal scenes” in the movie, to be released June 14, are shot inside a Sears store. Popular Sears products and brands also make cameos. Off-screen, members of Sears’ Shop Your Way rewards program will receive access to sneak peeks and promotional products.
The retailer is far from the only company to hitch itself to the new Superman film. According to Crain’s sister publication Ad Age, the movie grabbed more than $160 million from more than 100 promotional partners and will be the most heavily promoted Warner Bros. film of the year.
Other tie-ins come from Warby Parker, which will provide Clark-Kent-inspired glasses, Procter & Gamble’s Gillette, Walmart, Chrysler and Nokia.