The DC Comicbook Universe has, let’s be honest, had a shaky start. In fact it wasn’t until Wonder Woman that the franchise seemed to come in to its own. Now we are all eagerly awaiting the release of Aquaman at the end of this year as well as the solo movie for the speedster himself, The Flash.
While the path for The Flash has been anything but smooth sailing, the latest news is that writers will be adapting the comic book storyline ‘Flashpoint’ for the film. The story has Barry Allen finding himself time travelling through several DC Comic timelines and will look to Back to the Future as its inspiration.
The Flash was originally scheduled to be released in March 2018 with Ezra Miller continuing in the role as the Fastest Man Alive, which he first brought to the screen briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Miller has been kept on the backburner while the film has hit some behind the scenes issues with multiple changes of directors.
Speaking recently to EW , Miller said that “the development of the project has been a little Barry Allen-like in its mercurial tendencies, but it looks more promising and more exciting than any of the other stages of development that we’ve been in.” Miller went on to say, “What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint, 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!”
The new directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have taken over and The Hollywood Reporter says that they don’t want the “the somber themes it had been expected to tackle [the loss of his superpowers, his dead mother suddenly back from the dead among other slightly strange realities in this new world The Flash awakens in], and instead look to Back to the Future as tonal inspiration”.
The Flash is expected to begin production in early 2019.