The Flash movie is a project DC has been actively trying to get off the ground for years, with Barry Allen/The Flash actor Ezra Miller pushing for the character’s own film for quite some time. With filming expected to begin in March 2021, with a released date planned for June 3, 2022, it seems as though the long-in-the-works The Flash movie is going to completely alter the DC film universe as we know it.
In a Q&A during DC’s FanDome event, The Flash producer Barbara Muschietti stated, “Flash is the superhero of this film because he is the bridge between all of these characters and timelines. And in a way, it restarts everything and doesn’t forget anything.”
From It director Andy Muschietti and with a script from Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson, The Flash has been confirmed to be based on the popular Flashpoint comic storyline. In Flashpoint, Allen explored various timelines and encounters different iterations of famous DC characters. Whether or not The Flash reboots everything in the DC Film Universe so far or if it simply shows us an alternate version of moments and characters we already know is yet to be seen.
However, it seems as though The Flash is going to dig extremely deep into the history of DC’s various worlds. Michael Keaton has already been confirmed to reprise his performance as Batman for The Flash and one of only two pieces of concept art released for the film showed what appears to be Keaton’s Batman, hinting that he might be a major part of the upcoming film.
Ben Affleck has also signed up to portray his version of Batman, who also seems to play a big part in Allen’s story. In an interview with Vanity Fair, director Andy Muschietti said, “The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before.” Muschietti also said, “It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie.” No word yet on if Allen will find an alternate universe where his mother is also named Martha.
It’s unclear whether or not The Flash will also feature Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen on The CW series, The Flash. However the last time Miller’s version of The Flash made an appearance was in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four” episode of Arrow, alongside Gustin. Maybe this moment is a hint at what’s to come in Miller’s Flash film?
However it’s been quite some time since audience have seen Miller’s Flash on the big screen. After making his debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and a short cameo in Suicide Squad, Miller’s Flash has only appeared in 2017’s Justice League. Miller will also supposedly still be in the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, scheduled for release in 2021 on HBO Max. But after years of anticipation for Miller’s Flash film, it certainly sounds like this “restart” of the DC universe will be well worth the wait.