Production on The Flash movie is reportedly being delayed to late 2019, which means the upcoming DC Comics film won't release until 2021 at the earliest. One of the first movies that was on Warner Bros.' initial DCEU slate in 2014 was The Flash, which was supposed to hit theaters in early 2018 before it was inevitably pushed back... again and again. Thanks to multiple changes in writers and directors, DC's movie has gone through numerous iterations and only recently landed a new set of filmmakers.
Game Night directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley boarded the project earlier this year - when the movie was still said to be an adaptation of Geoff Johns' Flashpoint comic book story - and they were reportedly going to enter production in early 2019 in order to meet one of WB's release dates in 2020, but that was dependent on several factors. Unfortunately, a 2020 release seems to be out of the question as the adaptation has yet another snag in development.
Variety reports that The Flash movie won't begin production until late 2019 at the earliest, which means it will likely release sometime in 2021 - perhaps even in the first part of the year as it was originally intended to do this year. The reason for the delay is reportedly because the script is still being worked on, and the studio doesn't believe it will be ready in time to start production as previously scheduled.
Given the fact that DC Films restructured earlier this year - with producers Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong now at the helm - and began adhering to a new production philosophy, this new production delay makes sense and fits within the new way of things at the studio, at least with regards to future DC Comics-based movies. That's why even projects like Suicide Squad 2 are being redone to make sure they have the story down long before they even start rolling cameras. So, while The Flash undergoing yet another delay is certainly disappointing, it's likely for the better, so as to avoid future post-production debacles like what happened with Suicide Squad and Justice League.
But despite past misfires - primarily critically, seeing as the majority of DC movies were still quite financially successful - WB and DC Films clearly have no interest in slowing down their output. While Aquaman is the only live-action DC film hitting theaters this year, 2019 is slated to see three releases (Shazam!, Joker, and Wonder Woman 1984), with Birds of Prey already on the schedule for an early 2020 release. Without The Flash movie, DC can still put some of their other movies into production that may require a shorter production time and a smaller budget, similar to what they're doing with the Joker movie.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020