There could be as many as three (or as “few” as one) DC Extended Universe films arriving in theaters in 2018, depending on how things shake out over the year ahead. Director James Wan is slated to begin production on the Aquaman solo movie (starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry) by the first half of 2017, in order to make the movie’s official fall 2018 theatrical release date. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck is serving as co-writer, director and star of The Batman for a potential 2018 release date and The Flash starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, is still tentatively expected to begin filming sometime this year, despite not currently have a director attached.
The most recent script draft for The Flash was written by previously-attached director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), before he stepped down back in late October of last year. However, well before then, rumors had begun circulating about the potential villains of the DCEU’s Flash solo film, with classic Flash rogues such as Leonard Snart aka. Captain Cold and Eobard Thawne aka. Reverse-Flash being named the most likely candidates to appear.
A lot has changed since those Flash movie villain rumors emerged, between the film’s initial writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith (writer/creator of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) stepping down and Famuyiwa taking his place, only to later resign as director too. It’s not clear yet if Eobard Thawne is still – or if he ever was – part of the game plan for this particular DCEU installment, but that hasn’t stopped the celebrated fan artist BossLogic from putting together some fresh Flash movie artwork; offering a glimpse at what a DCEU version of Reverse-Flash might look like (see the picture below).
Reverse on his own and imma leave it at that for tonight, goodnight homies pic.twitter.com/ywhEfDoXEj— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 15, 2017
The Eobard Thawne character is already a part of The CW’s DCTV universe; he debuted on – naturally – The Flash and is currently serving as a member of the Legion of Doom on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with Matt Letscher once again playing the supervillain. It’s already been confirmed that new versions of heroic characters such as Iris West (played by Candice Patton on The CW’s Flash) are going to be featured in the DCEU Flash movie version too (with Kiersey Clemons playing her), so it stands to reason that a well-known baddie such as Mr. Thawne would make the cut here too.
According to the previous rumors on the matter, the DCEU version of Thawne will be introduced as a Bill Gates-type suffering from an advanced degenerative disease. The implication, then, is that Thawne will end up undergoing his transformation into the Reverse-Flash over the course of his search for a cure to his condition; going from being a morally-ambiguous character to a flat-out supervillain, in a classic comic book tradition. If so, then we may yet see a version of the character who looks like the one envisioned here by BossLogic.
As was mentioned before though, The Flash DCEU movie is currently in something of a holding pattern without a director formally attached to the project. An update will hopefully be arriving on the situation sooner rather than later, but until then DCEU fans can at least take comfort in knowing that they will get to see Miller’s Barry Allen proper this year, in director Zack Snyder’s Justice League.