Warner Bros. is close to greenlighting its slow-moving adaptation of The Flash, the studio's chairman says.
Heat Vision reports that in a presentation today in New York, Barry Meyer told Time Warner investors that DC Comics characters are an important part of the studio's future, mentioning the July 20, 2012, release for Christopher Nolan's next Batman film and a holiday season 2012 date for Superman. (I believe that's the most specific anyone at Warner Bros. has been about an opening for the Superman reboot.)
Meyer also updated progress on The Flash, and noted films featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman and MAD Magazine characters are in development.
The Flash has been in the works since at least 2004, when Batman Begins co-writer David S. Goyer was attached to write and direct, with Ryan Reynolds possibly playing Wally West. Since then the project has changed hands a couple of times, with Green Lantern screenwriter Greg Berlanti now rumored as the leading contender to direct.
A Wonder Woman film has been in development hell for the better part of a decade, with half the actresses in Hollywood linked to the title role at one point or another. Joss Whedon was hired in 2005 to write and direct but left the project two years later over script differences with the studio.
Mention of Aquaman, however, comes as a bit of a surprise. Although there's been talk of bringing the King of Atlantis to the big screen, the closest the character has come are guest appearances on Smallville, the failed pilot Mercy Reef and a fictional movie in the HBO series Entourage.
In non-superhero news, Meyer set Dec. 16, 2011, as the release date for the eagerly anticipated sequel to Sherlock Holmes.