The Flash movie will adapt one of the most famous and controversial Flash storylines of all time: Flashpoint.
After Justice League, fans are likely to want to see more of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen. The Flash movie will adapt, in some form, the Flashpoint story by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. In it, Barry learns that his mother wasn’t murdered by his father, but by an evil speedster named Eobard Thawne. Barry goes back in time to prevent the murder (and thus keep his father out of prison), and when he returns to the present, he finds that time has changed dramatically.
“What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint,” Ezra Miller told Entertainment Weekly, “would be almost like hearing a word like ‘Crisis.’ We start to understand that our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, as I plan to call it. Quote me!”
Geoff Johns added that while we’ve already seen Flashpoint adapted twice, once as an excellent animated movie (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), and once as the subject of the third season of The Flash TV show, “There’s elements in it that we’re going to be playing into that we couldn’t do anywhere else…The scale of it, the Batman story of it all.”
The TV version was more low key than the comics, and told a more personal story. But “the scale” that he refers to means that there’s potential on the big screen for Flashpoint to almost function as another Justice League film if that’s the route they decide to take. For example, Gal Gadot has already been rumored to appear as Wonder Woman in this, and a key piece of Flashpoint is that Themyscira and Atlantis are at war. Could this mean we’d see Jason Momoa, as well?
But more importantly is “the Batman story of it all.” A report in Variety indicates that Ben Affleck is expected to appear in the movie.
The thing is, in Flashpoint, it’s not Bruce Wayne who is Batman, but Thomas Wayne. Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so…you do the math. But the implication that Ben Affleck might appear in the movie actually does make sense, especially if Bruce Wayne/Batman appear in the movie’s framing sequences. Barry Allen’s interaction with Thomas Wayne in the Flashpoint timeline could help bring some closure to Batman’s arc, and might be the “cool way to segue out of” the role that Affleck recently hinted at.
In any case, this won’t be like any other superhero movie from the sound of things. I wrote more about the potential implications of a Flashpoint movie right here.
The Flash Movie Release Date
The Flash doesn’t currently have a release date. Warner Bros. has reserved other dates on their calendar for DC movies, including June 14, 2019 and November 1, 2019. Maybe one of those will end up being the finish line for The Flash.
The full schedule of DC superhero movies can be found here.
The Flash Movie Director
Rick Famuyiwa, who replaced previous director Seth Grahame-Smith left the project last year, apparently over the old, reliable “creative differences.” Famuyiwa did a revision of the script that Grahame-Smith had written after work by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and now Joby Harold is working on a “page one rewrite” of the project. Presumably that’s Flashpoint.
So who is going to direct? Back in April, Screen Junkies, were the first to report that Robert Zemeckis (the Back to the Future trilogy, for one thing) has been in Warner Bros. orbit for the director’s chair, and now Variety has doubled down on that, saying that not only is Mr. Zemeckis a leading candidate for the job, there’s at least one other big name competing for the job.
That competition? That would be Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class), who is not only no stranger to comic book adaptations, but whose name has appeared in rumors about DC superhero movies recently, particularly in regards to Man of Steel 2.
These aren’t the only two candidates, but they appear to be the studio’s preferred choices. The Hollywood Reporter adds Sam Raimi’s name to this mix, making this perhaps the most intriguing group of directors we’ve yet seen circle a DC superhero movie. I reached out to representatives for Warner Bros. but they had no comment at this time.
While both Zemeckis and Vaughn are perfect choices for the material, both come with some scheduling conflicts, though. Zemeckis is in production on Marwencol with Steve Carrell (scheduled for a 2018 release), while Vaughn has already made noises about a potential Kingsman 3 (the second film in the series arrives this September). There’s no rush, though, as star Ezra Miller will be shooting Fantastic Beasts 2 in the meantime.
The Flash Movie Cast
Ezra Miller will play Barry Allen in The Flash movie, and he made his first appearance as the character in two brief sequences in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and another in an equally brief scene in Suicide Squad. He seems to be a fan favorite in the Justice League movie so far.
Kiersey Clemons (Dope) will play Iris West.
Billy Crudup (you may know him as Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen if you’re looking for more comic book-centric roles) will play Barry Allen’s father, Dr. Henry Allen.
The previous draft that Rick Famuyiwa worked on had a role for Ray Fisher as Vic Stone/Cyborg, possibly as a significant piece of the movie. It’s not clear if that will still be the case with Flashpoint as the focus. As for whether Ray Fisher will still be in the movie as Cyborg, DC Extended Universe executive producer Deborah Snyder may have revealed a little about that during an interview with Forbes a while back.
“As you can imagine, when we get to the Flash movie, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher — who plays Cyborg — are kind of our youngest characters, and they have a really nice comradery with each other,” Ms. Snyder said. “Ezra is super funny, so the tone of that film will be very different than the rest of them.”
It’s not clear if she’s talking specifically about The Flash movie or if she’s just referring to the room for different tones and points of view within the DC superhero movies. Teaming Flash and Cyborg would not only help set up Cyborg’s solo movie, but might help set the film apart from some other superhero movies, too. But with the focus of the film now becoming Flashpoint, it’s not clear how this would work.
The Flash Movie Costume
As you can see from the above image from the Justice League teaser, this is a more technologically-based costume than the one we see on the television series.
We’ll update this with more official info as we get it.