Poor The Flash. Despite a successful TV show, of all of DC’s key comic heroes, he seems to have had the hardest time making it to a big-screen solo adventure. After Ezra Miller’s cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and his more fleshed-out role in the ensemble actioner Justice League, it seemed that a Flash movie was finally about to happen. But with the tepid response to the latter film and the collapse of Zack Snyder’s shared-universe vision, it seemed like The Flash was in limbo once again.
The project itself has already seen the departure of several directors, a revolving door of screenwriters and numerous release date changes. But DC hasn’t lost hope: Miller is still attached to the title role, which is good news for those who felt he nailed the character in Justice League but was let down by the film itself. And after the $1 billion-plus solo success of Aquaman – which largely eschewed the DC extended universe references in favour of a more standalone adventure – and the recasting/rebooting of Batman, it seems like the time is finally right for The Flash to take the limelight on his own terms.
We’ll keep this story updated with all the new developments on The Flash movie, so keep checking back for the latest news…
The Flash movie cast
With the script still up in the air, there’s no cast to speak of apart from Ezra Miller, who’ll be reprising the role of Barry Allen – an eccentric youngster who uses his super-speed to fight crime as his red-suited alter-ego, The Flash. Miller stuck to more indie offerings like The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and We Need To Talk About Kevin in his early career, but has more recently branched out into bigger budget franchises, what with Justice League and the Fantastic Beasts movies.
Talking to EW way back when the project was first mooted, he chatted about his hopes for the film. “I’d like for it to be an exploration of a multi-dimensional human being, to speak,” he said. “I’d like the character to have many dimensions. But really, I’d like him to have the usual dimensions we know and love, and then some extra ones that are part of the amazing consideration of this superhero. I hope to realise him as a person, and I think what’s most exciting for me in superhero mythologies is when we feel the humanity of someone who is heroic – or the heroism of someone who is a flawed, deeply human person”.
As well as Miller, there could be room for Billy Crudup to return as Barry’s incarcerated dad, Dr. Henry Allen (there were rumours that he dropped out of the role after Justice League, but these were swiftly rebuked by Warner Bros sources).
There were also reports early on into the movie’s development that the Flash would be joined in the film by his Justice League teammate, Cyborg (Ray Fisher), although with the script having undergone several iterations since then and Warner Bros/DC clearly wanting to move away from team-ups to more standalone fare, we’d be very surprised if this was still the case.
The Flash movie director
The latest reports reveal that Andy Muschietti (It Chapter One and Chapter Two) is in talks to take over as director, following the departure of original helmer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and, most recently, filmmaking duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Game Night), who left over the usual “creative differences” (apparently, they favoured a lighter tone while Miller was keen on a darker take).
If Muschietti does take the job, he’d be joining a growing list of horror directors being tapped to steer the DCEU forward, after The Conjuring‘s James Wan led 2018’s Aquaman to a billion-dollar box office and Lights Out‘s David Sandberg gained plaudits for his work on Shazam!
The movie’s star, Ezra Miller, weighed in on the director issue in an interview with Collider. “These processes are complicated,” he said. “These are groups of people taking the development of projects extremely seriously, and the teams are changing all the time. There’s often a lot of flux in who the team of the production of a film is before that production starts, and in this case, you hear about it, because it’s a critical figure – the directors that have been coming on and leaving”.
“For me, it’s sort of a tragic relay race, and we’ve had a couple of really incredible people carry this baton, and their marks are left on that baton, and the work that they’ve given to the project will certainly be represented in whatever the final product comes to be”.
The Flash movie story
At San Diego Comic-Con a few years back, it was revealed that the Flash movie would be called Flashpoint and would adapt Geoff Johns’ famous and controversial storyline, which saw Barry Allen go back in time to save his mother from being killed by Reverse-Flash. The change had huge ramifications for the future of the DC Universe, altering many things and eventually leading to a brand new timeline known as the New 52 in the comics.
But with the story being completely overhauled since then with various writers coming and going, it looks like that is no longer the direction the project is going in. With the move away from the Justice League shenanigans for now, it seems likely that DC will go for a more self-contained, less universe-altering storyline.
Recent reports reveal that Warner Bros is scrapping the latest script from Miller himself and comics writer Grant Morrison in favour of a new draft written by Christina Hodson, who most recently worked on the upcoming Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. The Hollywood Reporter notes that this is all far from a done deal, though.
The Flash movie release date
With the script still being developed, The Flash is yet to actually start shooting, and there’s no official release date in the diary yet. But there is a big gap free between The Suicide Squad (6 August 2021) and Aquaman 2 (16 December 2022). If the filmmakers get a move on, that timeframe could be realistic.