The DC Extended Universe continues to evolve and grow this year, despite 2016’s big releases Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad not picking up the greatest critical reviews. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has now taken a bigger role within proceedings and is a producer on upcoming 2017 release Justice League, which will feature DC’s fastest man alive, Barry Allen.
Portrayed by Ezra Miller in the DCEU, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor will be taking on the mantle of the Scarlet Speedster not only in the superhero team-up flick, but in his own solo movie The Flash, which is currently set for release next year. Though little has been revealed about what sort of villain(s) and/or plot will be covered in Miller’s DCEU solo superhero adventure, there is a real-life (fast) celebrity who has expressed their interest in making an appearance in the movie when it does hit the big screen.
Speaking to MTV, the world’s real-life fastest man alive Usain Bolt discussed whether he’d be willing to get involved in a superhero movie, and it looks like he has his eyes set on Barry Allen. He told the MTV interviewer: “That’d be pretty cool. That’d be really cool, maybe do a cameo in Flash or something.”
Big movie cameos are something that have worked for many studio films in the past, with perhaps the most obvious being Stan Lee’s appearances in each and every movie that’s a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’re something that really gets casual audiences talking, which can only ever be a good thing in terms of promotion.
Seeing Usain Bolt at some point in The Flash film would certainly be an interesting thing. Barry Allen is known as being one of the goofier members of the DC Universe, so hopefully when the movie is injected with a little humor, the writers behind it are able to work Bolt into a small scene. His appearance could certainly do no harm to box office numbers for The Flash solo movie.
Of course, if Bolt is inserted simply for the sake of bringing another big name to proceeding then the film could face some super fan backlash. The integrity of the DCEU is something that’s constantly in question; whether bringing a real-life hero to that universe would do anything to improve that outlook, is something that remains to be seen.