DCEU announced the Justice League movie months back which will assemble the greatest DC superheroes under one roof against the larger threat (Steppenwolf). But along with an ensemble movie, it also announced solo movies for Aquaman, Shazam, Flash and Wonder Woman.
In the upcoming Flash movie as part of the DCEU, there could be new versions of many popular comic-book characters including Iris West (played by Candice Patton on the CW’s The Flash). In the movie version, the famous actress Kiersey Clemons is playing Iris while Ezra Miller is the Flash.
Moreover, the Reverse Flash/ Eobard Thawne has made the cut, according to credible sources, a different version of Thawne will be introduced in the movie who is somewhat like a billionaire suffering from an advanced degenerative disease. He will turn into Reverse Flash during his search for a cure to his condition, he will evolve from a morally compromised individual to a deadly supervillain who has sinister ends to accomplish.
But this is not all as the Flash movie will feature the greatest comic-book event in the history of Flash comics – Flashpoint. The movie is titled Flashpoint scheduled to release in 2020. It will adapt DC comic story arc written by Geoff Johns. When Barry Allen runs back in time and saves his mother, he creates an alternate timeline where he never becomes Scarlett speedster and DC universe is altered forever. Wonder Woman and Aquaman become competing warlords fighting to control the planet with their respective armies.
In addition to Flashpoint being the main story for the Flash, it is also used to change the comic-book universe of other DC characters as well including Batman and Joker.
When Flash travels back in time to save his mother, he completely messed up the timeline and as a result changed the backstory of the Wayne family. In the new timeline, Bruce Wayne ends up getting killed and his father Thomas Wayne becomes the Dark Knight while Martha Wayne goes insane and turns into female Joker.
ComicBook spoke with Ezra Miller on what he thinks about Thomas Wayne making it to the ‘Flashpoint’ and here’s what he had to say:
“I think that the emotional arc of the Thomas Wayne stuff in Flashpoint is one of the illest parts. And to see that different manifestation of Batman and his whole different style.”
“And I love the reality that you have this universe that is so inverted from the one that we know. And this one factor remains the same, but in this flipped way. Batman is steady, but it’s going to be the result of a different side of the same tragedy with Thomas Wayne instead of Bruce, and that’s dope.”
Well, Karen Gillan could play a version of Joker if studio chose to go this route. We already know that Walking Dead’s Neagan aka Jefferey Dean Morgan is inching closer to playing Caped crusader as he also portrayed Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman.
During a Q&A session at Florida Super-Con, she was asked if she is looking at any roles outside the MCU and she stunned the audience. She said:
“Oh, can I say something DC? OK, I’m going to say something DC, and I’m going to play the Joker. Maybe a female Joker.”
It is impossible as DC already has a Joker played by Jared Leto but if he were to opt out, she can definitely fill the vaccum. She was told of the new movie Flashpoint storyline which got her excited. She said:
“This is my calling! Somebody make a call for me and tell them that I’m available.”
According to a reliable Reddit sub-community, a user claimed that the script basically revolves around Barry Allen struggle to come to terms with being a speedster at such a young age. He said:
“The script has been completed and approved after MANY drafts and rewrites. The studio has finally approved a very good script, with some calling it ‘a perfect coming of age story regarding a young man trying to control his power’. There have not been that much more conversation regarding this film, although they have been very excited.”
Since the announcement, many directors have left the project citing creative issues and lack of faith in the team. It’s important that a serious director gets formally attached to the project as soon as possible. There was a possibility of Phil Lord and Chris Miller to come on board, but according to Variety, both can be ruled out as they are in the process of directing Artemis, a feature adaptation of Andy Weir’s latest novel.
Justin Kroll of Variety wrote on his twitter:
“For those wondering this Artemis news pretty much take L&M out of running for Flash. That script was turned in yesterday to studio. Bob z still being considered but studio will take meetings with other filmmakers, in no rush to make announcement.”
But guess what…who is in the running for the project? It’s none other than Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future fame). Apart from him, Sam Raimi has passed the project and Matthew Vaughn is more interested in Superman but studio feels that his visual style would work well with Flash. All we can now do is wait.
Gal Gadot is also returning as the Amazonian Princess/Wonder Woman. She will return to reprise her role after Wonder Woman sequel in 2019. It’s not clear yet whether it’s a guest appearance or a small but meaty role. It would be big for the Flash movie as Gal Gadot is a big star in the DCEU.
Ezra Miller will be next seen in the Justice League movie which could be the first proper outing on Barry Allen as a forensic scientist and not as a speedster Flash. He won’t even be called by that name in the movie. He will simply be Barry. He has to first realize his powers, earn it, work hard for it and then probably in Justice League sequel, he will fully embrace his superhero persona. In Flashpoint, fans will get to see Flash in action but in Justice League he won’t be wearing that superhero moniker. It is one of the greatest comic-book events where Barry Allen aka ‘The Flash’ runs back in time and saves his mother, he creates an alternate timeline where he never becomes Scarlett speedster and DC universe is altered forever.
Here’s what Ezra Miller said to Chris Van Vilet:
“Barry is just Barry at this point and there’s even a scene that was cut from the movie where he is going on and on and on trying to figure out who he should be, and what he should call himself, so yeah he doesn’t have a superhero name yet.”
In DC comics, Barry Allen was first introduced in October, 1956 in Showcase #4. He was a replacement to original Flash Jay Garrick from 1940’s comics. The Flash TV series on CW is one of the most exciting shows in the superhero genre. Initially, in the Iris West’s blog, he is referred to as Streak, when he went to Kara’s (Supergirl) Earth, he was referred to as ‘The Blur’.
Till now, the center of attention has been Ben Affleck’s Batman as he is responsible for putting together an elite team of superheroes to protect the planet from the ultimate destruction. This was also reflected in the first synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis of JL:
“In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions”.
But in the second synopsis, the role of Wonder Woman is shown to be prime. Here’s the new official synopsis:
“Once again, Wonder Woman must demonstrate her ability as a fierce warrior. Facing a great enemy, she and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Having formed an unprecedented League of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
The brand new poster of Justice League has been unveiled by official UK twitter account of the movie has the Scarlett Speedster leading the team possibly against an army of para-demons led by Steppenwolf. This is for the first time that we have seen Flash in the lead showing the path to rest of the team members.
According to latest scoop, Flashpoint movie will go ahead only if Justice League is a major blockbuster at the box-office. The report is suggesting that studio has slowed down the search for new director as they want to see how well Justice League performs globally before moving forward. According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Flashpoint and other recently announced movies may be put on hold if Justice League underperforms. Here’s what he said:
“I’ve been tracking a lot of movies, specifically Flashpoint. I’ve heard they’ve slowed their (director) search down to see how Justice League does. I don’t know if they’re giving everyone their own movie now. Aquaman’s already shot so we’ll see. Obviously (Cyborg) is not happening anytime soon, neither is Man of Steel 2… I’ve heard, ‘Let’s see how this movie does before we go forward with all those other movies.”
Let’s just hope for the best.