The Flash’s solo movie, Flashpoint, may release in 2020, according to new reports. The DC Extended Universe officially launched last year with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice — a follow-up to the filmmaker’s Man of Steel in 2013 — and Warner Bros. continued to expand the burgeoning DCEU with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad later that year and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman earlier this year. The next movie on the docket is Snyder’s Justice League, which sees the world’s finest heroes — Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) — battle Steppenwolf and his invading Parademon forces.
Currently, Justice League is set to be followed by James Wan’s Aquaman in 2018; David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2 in 2019; and Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020. The Flash solo movie was originally supposed to follow Justice League by releasing in March 2018, but with both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa having departed the project as directors due to creative differences, the studio was forced to shelve the film until they worked out all the kinks — and it looks like they may have finally done so.
Warner Bros. recently carved out two additional 2020 release dates — February 14 and June 5 — for two unannounced/unconfirmed DCEU movies, with rumors suggesting that Suicide Squad 2 will be taking up the Valentine’s Day opening. According to Forbes, The Flash movie, titled Flashpoint, may also release in 2020, presumably taking up the summer slot; though that may not be confirmed or denied until after Justice League hits theaters this fall.
Last month, the studio revealed during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that The Flash’s solo movie would be titled Flashpoint, based on the 2011 comic book series of the same name by writer and DC Films chief Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert. For those that don’t know, in the Flashpoint story arc, the Flash had gone back in time and prevented the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother, thereby sending the universe into an alternate timeline. Unfortunately, the world had changed for the worse, and so, the Flash had to go back once again and prevent himself from ever changing the timeline, thus resetting the entire DC Universe.
Flashpoint has been one of the most influential and impacting comic book storylines in recent history, so it’s understandable that the studio would want to adapt it, but doing so at this early stage is intriguing, to say the least — and it would require a capable director to handle such a story. Warner Bros. is looking at several top-tier directors to helm Flashpoint, such as Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman) and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). If Flashpoint goes into production next January (as actress Kiersey Clemons hopes), then it could certainly make one of those 2020 release dates. That said, people should note that the studio has yet to confirm this news.
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