Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy will direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Flash, the big-screen adaptation of the DC Comics speedster hero, says The Hollywood Reporter. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing and Levy may produce as well.
Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, The Flash has the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and violate certain laws of physics, like time travel.
David Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins for Warners, had been attached to write, direct and produce a screen adaptation. But Goyer quietly left the project several months ago, though it was not until Friday that he announced his departure on his MySpace page.
The trade adds that Levy, who before “Museum” had been known for such comedies as Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther, has no intention of making “Flash” a comedy but is aiming for a lighter movie than previous Warners comic book adaptations, such as Batman Begins and Superman Returns. Goyer’s “Flash” also had been dark-themed.
Levy will oversee the writing of the new draft, and it is believed elements of Goyer’s script will be used in the development process.