Warner Bros’ The Flash movie is still in development but new fan art suggests Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) could play Eobard Thawne aka Reverse-Flash. The studio launched their DC Extended Universe in earnest last spring with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, whether or not due to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad receiving largely mixed-to-negative reactions from fans and critics, Warner Bros has since changed up their plans. Rather than stick strictly to the slate of DCEU films laid out by the studio in 2014, they’ve put a number of movies into development and delayed others.
The biggest question mark of the DCEU at the moment is The Flash, which already has a star in Ezra Miller. The actor made his debut as Barry Allen in Batman V Superman, appeared in Suicide Squad, and is set to have a larger role in Justice League later this year. However, two directors have left the project – Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa – and it’s currently without a helmer and an official release date. Still, fans are excited for Miller’s Flash to have his own solo vehicle, and a new piece of fan art suggests an actor for the film’s antagonist.
BossLogic, a graphic artist well known for his work imagining what certain celebrities could look like as live-action versions of famous comic book characters, released a new piece featuring Dan Stevens as classic villain Reverse-Flash. Take a look:
Of course, with The Flash movie still very much in development, it’s unclear whether the DCEU’s Barry Allen will face off against Eobard Thawne in the hero’s first solo outing. It wouldn’t necessarily be out of the realm of possibility since Reverse-Flash is one of The Flash’s greatest villains – The CW’s The Flash did feature Eobard as the main villain of season 1. Still, the existence of Eobard Thawne in Warner Bros’ shared universe has yet to be confirmed, though it may have been hinted at in the trailer for Justice League that Reverse-Flash is in the DCEU.
As for Stevens potentially portraying Eobard Thawne, the actor has some experience playing a villain, most notably in Adam Wingard’s 2015 thriller, The Guest. But, Stevens hasn’t said either way whether he’d be willing to take on a comic book movie franchise, especially since he already stars in FX’s X-Men series Legion. Plus, the Eobard Thawne role could potentially be a massive commitment depending on whether Warner Bros would want to include Reverse-Flash in only one movie or have him return. Still, it remains to be seen whether the DCEU is even planning to include Reverse-Flash and, if so, who the studio would eye for the role.
The Flash movie is a ways off from potentially casting a villain with the film still in need of a director. The latest rumors point toward Warner Bros eying Forrest Gump’s Robert Zemeckis, Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi, and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Matthew Vaughn to helm the Scarlet Speedster’s solo vehicle. With all these director rumors surfacing recently, it seems Warner Bros is currently trying to lock down a new director to shepherd the project, so an official annoucement may not be too far away. But, although The Flash movie is still a few years away from hitting theaters (at least), fans will get to see Miller’s character in Justice League – and fans can still debate who would be the best choice to play Reverse-Flash, Stevens or otherwise.