Warner Bros. Hot for Flash

The latest comic book superhero to get a lucrative film deal is DC Comics’ The Flash. According to Daily Variety, Warner Bros. has tapped Blade: Trinity director David S. Goyer to write, produce and direct a feature based on the classic crimefighter who can run faster than the speed of light.

Warner Bros. exec VP of production Lynn Harris will oversee development on the Flash pic, which falls under a development deal Warner Bros. has with Goyer, who also scripted the studio’s upcoming Batman Begins.

The Flash first appeared in print in 1939. The creation of writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, "The Fastest Man Alive" was born when scientist Jay Garrick inhaled hard water fumes and took on superhuman qualities. In the 1950s, the property was retooled, having police scientist Barry Allen struck by lightning at the same time he was doused in chemicals.

The comic property was mined for the small screen by CBS in 1990. The clever but short-lived Flash TV series starred soap actor John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen and his speedy alter ego.