There was plenty to indulge in at today’s Warner Brothers panel (let’s face it, it’s was more like the DC movie panel) including some revelations about the forthcoming The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller, and that is it will take on the “Flashpoint” storyline.
It was during an opening montage at the panel of the DC Films portion where attendees saw the logo for a film titled Flashpoint (appearing as two words: Flash Point) all but confirming that The Flash movie will either be developed under a subtitle (i.e. The Flash: Flash Point, which sounds awful) or the movie will simply be titled Flashpoint. Other titles revealed during the montage included Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman (with Affleck’s Batman shown), Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps (showing only comic book art), and the above mentioned The Flash with the Flashpoint logo following.
Flashpoint served as the lead-in for DC Comic’s universe-wide “New 52” reset. It details an alternate universe where Superman is held captive, Bruce Wayne is dead, and other beloved heroes have had their status quo flipped upside-down. In the story, Barry Allen/The Flash travels back in time to stop his nemesis, Reverse-Flash, from killing Barry’s mother when he was a kid. However, that benevolent action creates a butterfly effect that reverberates throughout the entire DC Universe, changing the fates of many of its superheroes. As Barry tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to the timeline, the new world of “Flashpoint” faces Armageddon, as a war between Aquaman’s Atlantis and Wonder Woman’s Amazons threatens the globe with nuclear annihilation.
How much of that will be adapted to the screen in films like Justice League and Aquaman remains to be seen. The DCEU movies have already been potentially heading towards Flashpoint. In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Barry bursts through time to tell Bruce Wayne that Lois Lane is the key and that he was always right about “him” (Superman, presumably). With Justice League undergoing reshoots, they could be incorporating more of the Flashpoint narrative into the forthcoming ensemble mash-up. Chances are this will only lift aspects of the storyline, similar to the “Doomsday” storyline which was adapted for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
The Flash was previously being developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, who was going to also direct at one point before leaving over “creative differences” in April of 2016. Robert Zemeckis is the current frontrunner to direct The Flash, as Sam Raimi also passed on the project and still no word on those Kingsman director, Matthew Vaughn rumors. The film does not currently have a director or a release date apart from some time in 2020.
The next installment in the DCEU, Justice League, will be released on November 17.
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