‘Real Steel’ Director Shawn Levy Talks Why His Flash Movie Didn’t Work

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Shawn Levy is the director on the upcoming sci-fi robot smasher, Real Steel, that stars Hugh Jackman, who also happened to direct a little movie called Night At The Museum.

Museum was a huge success, generating around 500 million, and with that success saw Levy offered the director’s chair of The Flash.

This was back in 2007 when The Flash was reportedly big on the list of Warner Bros (some say still is).

However, the movie never came to fruition, and Levy explains why.

While Levy states that he was a big fan of the Speedster, and even oversaw a script draft for about three and a half months, he says that he was just not ready to take on the iconic character.

“Attached to The Flash, I oversaw a draft for about three-and-a-half months.  And, at that time, I learned two things.  One, if you’re going to take on a character like that… I was still the family comedy guy.  And I just felt like, I gotta get a few more under my belt before I can claim the legitimacy of making a movie like that.  And that’s what I’m doing, to be very honest.”

Does that mean Levy and The Flash will eventually meet up?!

“I’m not saying I have a master plan to go back to The Flash.  In the end, The Flash went away because Justice League was gonna happen.  And then it didn’t happen.  To my great dismay, because I would have been first in line for that, too. Is it still….I don’t even know.”

After a couple movie studios saw footage from Real Steel, Levy was offered to direct both Fantastic Voyage and Frankenstein, which he accepted. Does that mean no Flash movie in the foreseeable future? Not so fast.


“The truth is, we never got the Flash script right.  I still love that character.  I’ve had no talks.  But I’m waiting and seeing.  In two weeks we’ll see what the fallout from Real Steel is. I do know that there may very well be a comic book hero in my future.  I would like that very much. “

For more from Levy head on over to The Collider.

Real Steel hits theaters October 7th, 2011.