Announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the Flash live-action movie will adapt the best-selling Flashpoint story arc.
With the huge success of Wonder Woman with both moviegoers and critics, the DC Extended Universe got a much needed shot in the arm of good press and a new lease on life.
Although both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad made a ton of money, both were lambasted by the critics and fans alike. If Wonder Woman suffered a similar fate, there was a very good chance the whole DC shared universe might have been put on hold or scrapped altogether.
But thankfully, Wonder Woman connected with just about everyone and shows what might be possible with the DC Universe on the big screen when you don’t let Zack Snyder write, direct or have anything to do with the finished product.
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I kid. Mostly.
Anyway, with faith in the DCEU restored, Warner Bros. is going full steam ahead with their superhero universe. At the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio showed a sizzle reel that focused on several projects that are in the pipeline. Most of what was shown was simply logos and some artwork, but it included Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps and Wonder Woman II.
The other logo attendees saw on the screen was for the perpetually troubled Flash film. The movie has gone through two directors at this point as well as multiple script rewrites. The Flash had to have its premiere date pushed back from March, 2018 to who knows when.
But what has Flash fans chatting up a storm online is the fact that the Flash logo also inlcuded the word Flashpoint.
Now, if you are a comic book fan or a fan of the Flash CW television show, you know that Flashpoint has some very special meaning in the world of the Scarlet Speedster. The story eseentially sees the Flash going back in time to save his mother from being murdered by the Reverse-Flash. The resulting changes in the time stream creates a ripple effect Barry never expected.
While the comic book event was a huge, sprawling epic written by Geoff Johns, the television version was done on a more small, intimate scale. While both have similarities, they tackle the story different ways.
If the idea is for the Flash movie to tell the story a third time, I have to say it I have my doubts.
That said, the latest rumors have the one and only Robert Zemeckis, of Back to the Future fame, as the frontrunner to land the gig of directing the movie. If it was anyone else, I’d be worried. But if anyone can take Flashpoint and make it into a widescreen epic worthy of the big screen, Zemeckis is one of the only directors who could pull it off.
The Flash: Flashpoint will feature Ezra Miller as the Flash, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen and will include Ray Fisher as Cyborg. As mentioned, the movie currently does not have a release date, but the moment that changes you can read all about it right here on Bam Smack Pow.