Where to begin? Let's first talk about a couple of the earlier incarnations of the character.
|"Okay, boys: let's sell some action figures."|
|"I'm acting as hard as I can!!"|
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Hey, look at my pecs."
I know that everyone is a big fan of the wise-cracking Flash in the animated Justice League and Justice League Unlimited TV series - I am, too. However, that's Wally West - the Flash's former teen
|"Then the waitress says, 'Oh yeah? |
You should see him make donuts!'"
I think that a Flash movie must, must, must be a Barry Allen story, and, though I have said before that not all superhero movies need to be origin movies, I believe that this one does.
My first pick for Barry Allen is Ben Foster. Though he often plays darker characters, I have seen him in roles that suggest to me that he could play the quietly methodical and genuinely good guy, Barry Allen. He's not a particularly beefy or imposing man, and I think that's a good thing.
|"No, I'm not the 'hey, girl' guy."|
|"My name is Shia. I will be|
your busboy this evening.
When he puts on the costume, he is free. This can manifest itself his new alter ego, along with the anonymity of wearing a mask, so those who want a wise-cracking Flash can still have one without fundamentally changing who Barry Allen is.
As for a villain, I think it would be wise to stay away from any super-powered baddies. The perfect foil to a genuinely good guy would be a sociopath. Perhaps a less cartoony version of James Jesse (aka The Trickster) could give the Scarlet Speedster a run for his money by devising a set of diabolical obstacles that would test the limits of both the Flash's speed and Barry Allen's resolve to do the right thing. Could it be time to give Shia LaBeouf a shot at playing the bad guy?
The Flash doesn't have as many supporting characters as Batman and Superman, but there is his girlfriend and eventual wife, Iris West, who - in the comics - was originally a Lois Lane rip-off: a reporter for the local newspaper. Why not write her as a young Maureen Dowd-esque character and give the role to one of my favorite actresses: Olivia Thirlby?
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As one who anticipates many live-action adaptations of comic books with a mix of hopefulness and worry (Man of Steel), I think I could get very excited about a live-action Flash movie - if it is done with care.