The Flash first showed up in the larger DC Comics movie universe as an easter egg in Superman vs. Batman. Later he got a co-starring role in the critically panned and badly performing Justice League movie. That hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. from working on giving The Flash his own solo movie.
Here’s everything we know about The Flash movie so far.
Ezra Miller Controversy
A video of Flash star Ezra Miller appeared online in which he seems to viciously attack and choke a female fan. Whether that’s actually what’s going on is undetermined, but it didn’t look good. Fans have now launched a petition to get Miller fired as The Flash.
Word is that Warner Bros. is taking this situation very seriously. They haven’t announced anything officially yet but several different insider sources are now claiming that not only is Ezra Miller’s career in Hollywood now pretty much over, so is The Flash movie.
The latest is that Ezra Miller is “very close” to being fired from The Flash movie and it’s not just because of the video of him attacking a fan. Reportedly he’s also just very hard to work with and when you combine that with the fact that he’s so controversial, it’s looking like he’ll be replaced and we’ll get a new Flash.
There had been some talk that they might simply bring in the character Wally West to play The Flash instead of Barry Allen, but The Flash movie has been plagued by trouble from the beginning. At this point WB might be ready to just give up. Production isn’t very far along on The Flash and they wouldn’t lose that much money on it by simply shutting it down.
Since the story broke, new details have emerged. Variety spoke to someone at the bar where the incident happened. The establishment is called Prikið Kaffihús and their source there was able to confirm that the altercation shown in the video was not a joke but a real attack. They further confirmed that Ezra Miller had to be escorted off the premises.
Their source tells them the incident took place around 6pm and that Miller was confronted by fans who they characterize as “quite pushy”. They say Miller was upset and angry and the incident in the video happened.
The man who originally posted the video had this to say about it: “Okay so I’m exposing Ezra Miller because he just attacked my friend at the bar after she JOKINGLY challenged him to a fight… he took it way to seriously and choke slammed her to the ground. not okay”
The woman appeared to be jokingly challenging Miller to a fight and he doesn’t seem to have appreciated the joke. In the video he grabs her by the throat, slams her against a wall, then pushes her to the ground while choking her.
According to The Daily Beast the video was shot in Iceland. Some people think it might be a joke, but it doesn’t really look like a joke. Calls to “cancel” Ezra Miller have already emerged and if this continues to blow up it could negatively impact his future playing the Flash.
The People Making The Flash Movie
The Flash’s solo movie has had its ups and downs from start dates to writers to directors. Actor Ezra Miller, who played the character in Justice League, has always been attached to the project and at one point even penned a script himself that Warner Bros. eventually turned down.
Current information is that It director Andy Muschietti has been brought in helm a new script which is in the process of being written by Birds of Prey movie scriptwriter Christina Hodson.
Nicolas Cage Rumored As The Flash’s Superman
The Flash movie will involve multiple universes and probably also time travel, so that makes it possible for just about anyone to show up. One of the crazier rumors going around (though maybe less crazy given Michael Keaton returning as Batman) is that WB is in talks with Nicolas Cage to play Superman in The Flash.
In the late 90s Tim Burton was hired to make a Superman movie and Nic Cage was his choice to play the Man of Steel. The project even got far enough along for them to do costume tests with Nicolas Cage in the Superman costume before the whole thing got stuck in development hell and fell apart.
Bringing in Nic Cage to cameo in The Flash movie as a Superman would be a fun nod to the franchise’s lost past, but given Cage’s current age (and let’s be real his physical and mental state) it’s hard to imagine this actually working in context of a movie. We’ll let you know, though, if this story gets confirmed. For now consider it just a rumor.
Michael Keaton Returns As Batman
Michael Keaton hasn’t played Batman since Batman Returns back in 1992. Now 68-years-old, Keaton is returning to the part in The Flash. Variety confirms that he’s officially in talks with Warner Bros. to reprise the role in The Flash movie.
Better still, it sounds like Keaton’s role will be significant. Deadline reports that the plan is for Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne to serve a permanent role in the DCEU as their version of Marvel’s Nick Fury. Additionally, his backstory will pick up right after Batman Returns and won’t have anything to do with the upcoming Robert Pattison reboot The Batman.
As for how he’ll end up in the world of The Flash, The Wrap confirms what we already expected: That it’ll involve the multiverse.
Here’s a fan imagined look at how Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne could look in The Flash…
The Rest Of The Flash Movie Cast
Ezra Miller is likely to return as Barry Allen, aka The Flash in The Flash movie. While audiences and critics alike weren’t exactly happy with the Justice League movie, few had any major issues with the actor’s portrayal of the Scarlet Speedster. He’s been attached to The Flash movie all along but he’s had some recent troubles (more on those below) and it’s not certain WB will keep him involved.
Recent rumors have suggested that Warner Bros may be looking at Matthew McConaughey to play the villain in the film. Reports claim the project’s producers have him at the top of their wish-list to play the Reverse-Flash. McConaughey is one of the few big stars who has stayed out of the superhero movie world so far. He’d be an excellent fit opposite Ezra Miller though, and it’s easy to imagine him in the Reverse-Flash costume.
A Female Joker
One of the more persistent rumors making the rounds about the script they’re using for The Flash is that the movie will gender swap several classic DC Comics villains. The biggest name that may go from male to female is the Joker.
Word is that a female version of the Joker will show up as part of the movie’s Flashpoint storyline. This is actually fairly in line with the comics, since Barry ends up in an alternate dimension where Batman’s entire backstory has been totally changed. In that new reality of the comic book storyline, Bruce Wayne was killed in that alley and his father Thomas Wayne becomes Batman. His mother, Martha Wayne, goes crazy and becomes the Joker.
As for who will play the female Joker, the latest rumor is that Warner Bros. is considering Maggie Gyllenhaal for the part. That would be an interesting twist, given her involvement in Christopher Nolan Batman films.
Gender-Swapping Other Villains
Though Matthew McConaughey is currently the odds on favorite to play Reverse-Flash, there are other possibilities. Another villain potentially being gender-swapped is Reverse-Flash. In a script synopsis leaked on 4chan the leaker had this to say, “Barry Allen has the power of super speed, and fights daily against villains in Central City, but that doesn’t stop him from suffering for his mother’s death, but everything changes when he meets a mysterious woman, named Eobard Thawne, who teaches Barry a way to change his mother’s tragic fate.”
Along with the potential plot leak comes word that Jessica Chastain may be up for the role of Reverse Flash aka Eobard Thawne, in the The Flash movie. Time will tell if this somewhat shaky rumor pans out.
The Flash Solo Movie Plot
When asked what The Flash movie will be about, director Andy Muschietti had this to say: “[The movie will be a] different version of Flashpoint than you’re expecting.”
Flashpoint is one of the more popular superhero storylines from DC Comics. It’s basically a time travel story in which the past is changed so that Barry Allen’s mother isn’t killed, which sounds great. But it also has some negative consequences like instead of Batman’s parents being killed in that alley, Bruce Wayne is killed meaning the world never gets Batman.
Thomas Wayne somehow becomes Batman instead and Martha Wayne becomes the Joker. Superman is captured by the government as a child and ends up in a government prison, never becoming Superman, and so on. Eventually in Flashpoint there’s a giant battle between the Amazon armies of Wonder Woman and the underwater armies of Aquaman.
To stop everything from going horribly wrong Barry Allen has to go back in time to stop his mother from being saved, and make sure she ends up dead. Some of this storyline has already been done (on a much smaller scale) in the Flash TV show. But the DC superhero movie universe is apparently ignoring the TV show so that doesn’t matter. It has also been done in an animated movie from 2013 called Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Other Justice League Members In The Flash
Various sources have been reporting for weeks now that Warner Bros. plans to erase Man of Steel from canon. Now word is that they are going to use The Flash to take that one step further, and erase all of the Zack Snyder directed movies from their universe.
FandomWire says The Flash script is now finished and it will have Barry racing through time. When he returns everything that happened in Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League will be totally gone. Instead now Robert Pattinson’s new The Batman will be canon and Aquaman and Wonder Woman will be part of it too. If they go that route, they’ll be spitting directly in the face of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut crowd, who have been lobbying for WB to do the exact opposite of this for months now.
With Justice League erased Warner Bros. will still definitely want to connect The Flash movie to the rest of their larger superhero universe. Right now the two most successful parts of that universe are Aquaman and Wonder Woman. So word is that they want both of those characters in The Flash. Not only are they both reportedly going to be in The Flash, but they’ll be fighting each other.
As confirmed by the above scooper, WB wants both characters in The Flash but they haven’t gotten Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa to sign yet. It’s unlikely they’d recast, so if they won’t both do it, it won’t happen.
As indicated by the above scooper, one of the big goals here is to find a way to move the DC Comics universe characters that have worked, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, forward together. Meanwhile it lets them ditch the rest of the Justice League, the parts that didn’t work like Cyborg and Superman, moving forward.
This fits with previous rumors that Gal Gadot may show up in The Flash movie as Wonder Woman, but not the Wonder Woman we know. Since The Flashpoint plot being used involves a lot of time travel and dimension hopping, reports claim that Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince will actually be from an alternate universe and totally evil.
Part of that plot, which would help include Aquaman, would involve Aquaman’s Atlanteans at war with Wonder Woman’s Amazons. That’s a plotline from the comics and it would make total sense to include it here, in some alternate dimension visited by the Flash.
Another superhero cameo which may be played for The Flash movie could be the Flash himself. Not Ezra Miller’s Flash, but Grant Gustin’s Flash from the TV show. In a weird twist Ezra Miller has already been on the Flash TV show as the Flash, as part of their dimension-hopping Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline (more on that in a minute). So it makes sense that The Flash movie might return the favor and give Grant Gustin a cameo in their film universe.
Connecting To The DC TV Superhero Universe
In addition to the movies they have in development, the DC Comics universe also has multiple superhero themed TV shows on the air. As previously mentioned, they even have a TV version of The Flash. Until recently, none of those shows have ever connected to any of the movies in any way. But that changed during the TV shows’ recent Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, when Ezra Miller’s movie version of the Flash showed up and met the totally different TV version of his character played by Grant Gustin. Weirder still, during their meeting, the TV version gave the movie version his name.
During Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 4 on the CW, Grant Gustin’s Flash raced through the Speed Force into another dimension and found himself in a re-creation of S.T.A.R labs. Suddenly Ezra Miller’s Flash showed up in the same place, for reasons that are not explained. During the course of their exchange Grant Gustin reveals that he calls himself The Flash and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen says the name back, in a way that makes it sound like he’s considering it for the first time and likes it.
Though Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen aka Flash has showed up in several different DC movies now, and though he wears the Flash costume, he has never actually called himself The Flash before. But now that he’s heard the name from Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, it looks like that’s what he’ll call himself going forward in The Flash movie.