He’s the fastest man on Earth, but you sure as heck wouldn’t know it based on how long it’s taken for “The Flash” to make it to the big-screen. The slow crawl of the project turned into a snail’s pace, that, in light of the “Justice League of America” movie, eventually turned into a complete stop.
The last official word we had on the project was way back in October of last year, when “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin revealed exclusively to MTV News that he was tapped to helm the upcoming "Flash" flick.
Back then, we wrote that he was taking over for Shawn Levy, who we said “left for undisclosed reasons.”
So what where those reasons?
“It’s true, I never quite got to the starting line [on that one] and it may be [simply] that in my line of work, especially in my line of work, as a rule, you kind of develop maybe 15 scripts in order to get one that’s worth shooting,” Levy told us from the set of his upcoming sequel “Night at the Museum 2.” “[But] with ‘The Flash,’ maybe it’s because I’m most comfortable doing a movie that can be just straight-up funny without having to kind of adhere to expectations.”
Levy, of course, is best known for (and worth noting, really successful at) creating action/comedy hybrids, like the aforementioned “Night at the Museum.” Ultimately, he confessed, that sensibility just didn’t mesh with the vision for the D.C. icon.
“I didn’t know that ‘The Flash’ ever wanted to be about laughs. Even I, and I’m not a profound fanboy, but even I grew up with a certain reverence for Flash,” Levy said. “I didn’t want to find the funny in the lore, so I always erred on the side of doing right by the legend, doing right by the lore of The Flash.”
In the end, then, Levy was content to remove himself from the project to concentrate on films where the material matched his sensibility, and may the heavens bless him for it. But somebody at Warners thought it should be a more out-and-out comedy -- after all, Dobkin was brought on board immediately after Levy.
Why? Would Levy have made a good Flash director? Given the blending of tones in “Iron Man,” why couldn’t Flash be both, too? Who would your ideal director be? Sound off in the comments below.