Aquaman's post-credit scene has an interesting tease for the DC Extended Universe Flashpoint movie, but there's one small problem with that - there isn't going to be a Flashpoint movie. No, this isn't the result of us passing into an alternate timeline, but rather the result of Warner Bros. backtracking on basing the first solo movie with Ezra Miller's Flash on Flashpoint, the 2011 comic miniseries written by Geoff Johns.
The Flash movie has been somewhat stuck in limbo for the past couple of years. At one point, Warner Bros. had a confident lineup of DCEU movies that included Justice League Part 2, a Cyborg movie, and Green Lantern Corps. However, since that slate was originally announced the DCEU has been through a series of highs and lows, and Warner Bros.' structure of DC Films executives has been through a couple of shakeups, meaning that the future of the DCEU now looks very different to what it once did.
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Directed by James Wan, Aquaman was made at the heart of the DCEU's biggest transition, with plans for other movies shifting around it. Since Aquaman is part of a shared cinematic universe and takes place after the events of Justice League (which also introduced Aquaman's partner in crime and love interest, Mera), it naturally has several links to the rest of the DCEU - including a bizarre rumor about Aquaman and Wonder Woman dating that has more to it than meets the eye.
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Aquaman's Post-Credits Flashpoint Tease Explained
Secondary villain Black Manta gets knocked out of the fight before the movie arrives at its third act, but he does make a comeback in Aquaman's post-credits scene, which sets him up to return in a future movie. In this scene, a wounded Black Manta wakes up on a fishing boat off the coast of Italy and finds Dr. Stephen Shin (played by Randall Park) examining his super-suit. Shin recognizes the Atlantean tech because he has been obsessed with the possible existence of Atlantis, and has been gathering evidence in the form of newspaper clippings about Aquaman, which are pasted to the walls of his boat. One of those newspaper clippings
While this might just seem like a throwaway world-building gag about the media furor over the Justice League, there's actually more to it than that. Speaking on the Fire and Water podcast, Neil Daly (who organized the test screenings for Aquaman) offered some intriguing behind-the-scenes details for the movie, and explained that the newspaper clippings were designed to tease the upcoming DCEU movies:
"One of [the newspaper clippings] is from Coast City [home of Hal Jordan a.k.a. Green Lantern]. There was another one, that one of the newspaper headings said 'Wonder Woman Nixes Aquaman Dating Rumor," which most people are just going to take that as tongue-in-cheek and think it was funny. But at the time of the filming, that was when they were still talking about going ahead with Flashpoint being the Flash story that they were going to do. And so there was a reference to Aquaman and Wonder Woman dating."
Aquaman and Wonder Woman have never been romantically involved in DC Comics... except in Flashpoint. And even then, it wasn't particularly romantic. In that story, Barry Allen goes back in time and saves his mother from being murdered, which results in history unfolding differently. In the new timeline, Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to get married for the sake of strengthening their respective dynasties, but the decision sparks serious backlash among both the Amazons and the Atlanteans. On the day of the wedding there is an assassination attempt that leads to further violence and the union being called off. In the wake of this there is an Atlantean-Amazonian war that rips apart the world and results in the deaths of many major DC characters.
The DCEU Was Going To Do Flashpoint
The original plan for the DCEU was based primarily around Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman, and in particular around director Zack Snyder's planned five-movie arc for Superman. Warner Bros. naturally assumed that the two most famous DC characters would also be the biggest draws at the box office. However, each movie that was released undermined those assumptions, with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice underperforming at the box office and Wonder Woman performing far better than anyone expected. Aquaman itself has continued to shatter those expectations by becoming the highest-grossing DCEU movie so far and the first to hit the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office. Not bad for a guy who talks to fish!
One of the movies that Warner Bros. had lined up for the DCEU was a solo Flash movie. In July 2017, at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. revealed a logo for this movie that also dropped a bombshell: the title of the movie was Flashpoint! Fans of the comic were naturally hyped, but since then the plans have changed.
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