Goyer Out in a 'Flash'


"Batman Begins" and "Blade 2" scribe David Goyer has left the directing chair for the Warner Bros. adaptation of "The Flash."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goyer has been replaced by "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy.

No points for guessing how the directing swap will impact the tone of the DC Comics update. All that the trade will say is that parts of Goyer's script, a darker take on the material, will still be used in the new version, which Levy ("The Pink Panther") will oversee.

Goyer had reportedly been off the "Flash" project for some time, but he made a formal announcement over the weekend on his MySpace page.

"I am sad to say that my version of 'The Flash' is dead at WB," Goyer writes. "The God's honest truth is that WB and myself simply couldn't agree on what would make for a cool Flash film. I'm quite proud of the screenplay I turned in. I threw my heart into it, and I genuinely think it would've been the basis of a groundbreaking film. But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction."

It was a difficult weekend for DC Comics properties aiming for the big screen. Just as Goyer announced his departure from "The Flash" on Friday (Feb. 2), Joss Whedon revealed on Saturday that he's no longer masterminding the long-gestating "Wonder Woman" project.

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