The Key Question for Time Warner Inc. Now That the 'Justice League' Movie Is Set

Will Grant Gustin get a chance to play The Flash on the big screen? Credit: Warner Bros., DC Entertainment.

Will the Flash appear in the forthcoming Justice League movie? And if so, will Grant Gustin play the role? Fool contributor Tim Beyers explains why the answers to these questions matters to both fans and investors in the following video.

For the few who don't already know, Gustin played visiting Central City police scientist Barry Allen in episodes 8 and 9 of the current season of Arrow. He'll soon star in his own series -- The CW picked up The Flash as part of its new schedule.

The order creates an interesting dilemma for Time Warner  (NYSE: TWX  ) and Justice League movie director Zack Snyder. Why? The Flash is one of the original seven members of the League, yet adding Gustin to the cast would break from tradition.

Tom Welling spent 10 seasons playing Clark Kent in Smallville but never got the chance to play Superman on the big screen. DC has a history of keeping its TV and movie properties distinct, and fans shouldn't bank on a shift now.

Regardless, one may be in the works. Arrow has spent most of the current season introducing viewers to new DC Comics characters: Black Canary, Nyssa al Ghul, Brother Blood, and the Suicide Squad. Gotham proposes much of the same, profiling early versions of villains who go on to plague Batman. Warner television produces both series and The Flash, and as such, could set the conditions for a successful TV-to-movie crossover.

It's at least worth the risk, Tim argues. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. boosted interest in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before it entered theaters and it's had a blockbuster run since. DC could enjoy a similar tailwind -- especially if The Flash succeeds as Arrow has.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you want to see Grant Gustin play the Flash in the Justice League movie? Please watch the video to get the full story and then leave a comment to let us know your take, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Time Warner stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2014, at 10:06 AM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    Let's not put the cart before the horse. We don't even know if his portrayal of the Flash will be any good, much less what the quality show will be, so we don't even know if we'd WANT this version of the character in a movie yet.

  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2014, at 10:40 AM, christopholese wrote:

    while I agree that Flash could bomb if not done correctly, DC has a perfect opportunity to bring many DC characters to the big screen for the first time...doing so would most likely bring new fans to watch both venues just to see who might be involved throughout the seasons.

  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2014, at 11:51 AM, mark204 wrote:

    If the Flash and Green Arrow appears in the moive they need Grant Gustin & Stephen Amell to play the parts

  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 8:44 AM, Hoser003 wrote:

    Warner Bros. have already gone on record as stating that they will NOT be combining their T.V. and cinematic universes together. They feel that doing so will place too many restrictions on the writers for both the shows and the movies as anything that happens in one, happens in the other. This is one of the reasons why we never saw Tom Welling as Superman. You also have to worry about who controls the character. S.H.I.E.L.D. is lead by a supporting character, were Flash and Green Arrow would be considered co-leads in a Justice League film. So, who gets to decide what happens to the character in the movie or the show? For example, lets say that the writers for the movie want an explosion to take off the Green Arrows left arm. Does the T.V. show now have to have to deal with Green Arrow losing his arm, or do they get to veto the idea? Agent Colson was killed in Avengers BEFORE the show began and not during the shows run. While I wouldn't mind seeing an integrated T.V./movie universe for DC, I think Warner Bros. is making the right decision. Disney/Marvel has already done this and if DC were to combine the two as well, it will be viewed as though Warner/DC has to copy Disney/Marvel to compete. Not to mention the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. did not do as well as everyone hoped and Warner/DC knows this. They know that keeping them separate will allow bigger creative freedom to each of their divisions. Is it the safer play? No, it's the smart play. Man of Steel (the launch pad movie for the DC cinematic universe) had a mixed review and its Man of Steel 2 is plagued by worries of casting choices, over crowding, and release date push-backs. Arrow is a successful show, so why risk its success by making it part of an universe that isn't known to be successful.

  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 1:13 PM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    Well put, Hoser!

  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 2:38 PM, ComicConnections wrote:

    As much as i appreciate the piece written above (the comment), this was NEVER officially confirmed by WB so

  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 3:42 PM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @ComicConnections,

    That's my understanding as well. Can you confirm this comment, @Hoser003?

    >>Warner Bros. have already gone on record as stating that they will NOT be combining their T.V. and cinematic universes together. They feel that doing so will place too many restrictions on the writers for both the shows and the movies as anything that happens in one, happens in the other.

    From what I can tell, there are already subtle tie-ins. The Ferris Air appearance at the end of season one, for instance.

    Thanks for writing and Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 3:43 PM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @PAJohnDoe,

    Good to see you again.

    >>Let's not put the cart before the horse. We don't even know if his portrayal of the Flash will be any good, much less what the quality show will be, so we don't even know if we'd WANT this version of the character in a movie yet.

    Fair point. We won't yet know if Gustin will be any good. Color me optimistic regardless.

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2014, at 7:59 PM, Hoser003 wrote:

    In the link below Arrow and Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti talks about how no plans have been made to cross over. He is told if they are allowed to use a character or not, and not even told why they can't. This means that the movie side of Warner Bros. is not communicating with the television side in any way this would be required if they are going to have both the tv and movies in the same universe. I am sure I have seen it else were too but I can't find it right now. If I find the original quote(s) I was looking for, I will post a link. Also keep this in mind, if Warner Brothers was intending on combining it's T.V. and cinematic universes into one, then why give Fox the rights to make a pre-Batman Gotham series?

    http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/bam-pow-zap-guardians-chr...

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