Warner Bros. has confirmed a Flashpoint movie during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. The studio officially launched their DC Extended Universe last year with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - a follow-up to Snyder's Man of Steel - and they followed up that movie with David Ayer's Suicide Squad and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. Now, they're gearing up to unite the world's finest heroes - Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) - against Steppenwolf and his Parademon army in Snyder's Justice League this fall.
The next DCEU movie on the docket following Justice League is James Wan's Aquaman in 2018 and then David F. Sandberg's Shazam! in 2019. After that, the current DCEU lineup remains a mystery. The Flash was originally supposed to follow Justice League by releasing in March 2018. However, the movie lost multiple directors - both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa dropped the project in 2016, citing creative differences - thus forcing the studio to remove the film from their slate. The fact that Warner Bros. has struggled with maintaining a director for The Flash has ignited some concern among fans, especially since those filmmakers couldn't agree with the studio with the direction of the story. It turns out, the studio has a specific story in mind that they want to tell.
During their Hall H panel at SDCC 2017 today, Warner Bros. unveiled a new logo for a Flashpoint movie, thus indicating plans to adapt the iconic 2011 comic book series of the same name -- which was written by DC Films chief Geoff Johns and drawn by Andy Kubert -- that relaunched the DC Universe and kickstarted The New 52.
Jumping right into Flashpoint for the character's first solo movie is an interesting choice, though it's worth noting again that Johns wrote the titular series that relaunched the entire DC Universe in 2011. For those that don't know, in Flashpoint, the Flash had gone back in time and prevented the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother, thereby creating an alternate timeline in which Superman had been captured by the government and Bruce Wayne had been murdered instead of his parents, with Aquaman and Wonder Woman leading their respective empires in a world-ending war against one another.
Since Bruce was killed in that alley on that fateful night instead of his parents, his mother, Martha, had gone mad seeing her son die and was driven to become the Joker (yes, the actual Joker), with his father, Thomas, becoming the Batman. This movie could present an opportunity for both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan to reprise their Batman V Superman roles as Thomas and Martha Wayne, respectively, something Morgan has previously mentioned that he was up for doing. Stay tuned for more DCEU information as it comes out from SDCC 2017, including a possible release date for Flashpoint.
Source: Warner Bros.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- The Flash (2022) release date: Jul 01, 2022