With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in a few months, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are getting ready to expand their superhero movies into a larger Justice League shared universe. Although Marvel Studios is currently dominating the comic book movie landscape, DC is looking to rival Marvel’s success with Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad this year.
Last night, Warner Bros. aired the DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League TV special on The CW as a first look into all the movies going into the larger DC Expanded Universe. While the special mainly focused on Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman, it also touched upon the other movies and superheros that will make up the larger comic book movie shared universe, such as the Green Lantern Corps, Cyborg, Aquaman, and The Flash.
Director Kevin Smith hosted the TV special with DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to talk about the comic book movie studio’s upcoming slate of superhero movies. Although The Flash is already a very popular TV show with Grant Gustin on The CW, DC Films will introduce a different version of Barry Allen for the big screen with Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster. According to Johns:
“We got The Flash. The Flash has been awesome on television. This is another version of The Flash in the Justice League universe. The cinematic version of The Flash. Barry Allen. His mother has been killed. His father is blamed for it and put in prison. He becomes obsessed with forensic science. He wants to prove that his father is innocent. One night while working on his mother’s case, a bolt of lighting hits him and he gains super speed.”
Miller also chimed in with his view of The Flash, while he also teased the superhero’s top speed and access to the multiverse. It seems as if there might be some explanation why there are two version of The Flash; one on TV and one on the big screen.
“He’s been struck by the lightning. That’s the mythos. But he’s a human! He can run through walls. He can run across water. He can run so fast, he can move into another plain of frequency where there’s another reality.”
Lastly, Geoff Johns also took a cue from Ezra Miller’s statement about The Flash and continued to tease the possibilities for time travel in the DCEU. “The thing about The Flash is that the past isn’t something he just thinks about, but it’s an actual place he can visit. The Flash has all of time; past and present,” he said.
While it’s unclear how The Flash will be introduced into the Justice League, we know that his solo movie will be released in March 2018, a few months after Justice League Part One in November 2017. There aren’t a lot of details available about the new movie, but Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is expected to direct from his own screenplay, based on a story developed by LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: The CW