After several delays and years languishing in development hell, there was a point when it looked like the Flash would never get his own live-action film.
But with a cast line up now confirmed and production date set, it looks like the scarlet speedster will finally get his long-awaited solo outing.
The DC Extended Universe entry looks very much to be worth the wait, as it will be diving headfirst into the multiverse by featuring alternate versions of Bruce Wayne, with Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton confirmed to reprise their roles from 2017’s Justice League and 1989’s Batman respectively.
The news took fans by surprise and has fuelled speculation that more actors from DC’s rich cinematic history could reappear, including Brandon Routh’s short-lived version of Superman.
Speaking to Geek House Show, the Legends of Tomorrow star voiced his enthusiasm for the idea, after recently returning to the iconic Superman suit for The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.
“I mean, yeah, I think that’s always a possibility,” he said. “Of course, they’re bringing in Michael Keaton, which I’m excited about. And some other people from the past DC projects. I think it’s very exciting.
“It worked really well in Crisis On Infinite Earths, and I was extremely proud and honoured to be a part of it and to reprise my Superman. So it’s absolutely a possibility – you can do anything! Everybody lives and dies all the time in those things.”
While we still have some time to wait before The Flash speeds into cinemas, read on for everything you need to know about this much-anticipated chapter in the DC Extended Universe.
When is The Flash’s released date?
There’s still a little while to wait. The Flash was originally scheduled to hit theatres on 1st July 2022 but has now been brought forward to 3rd June 2022 as part of Warner Bros’ response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has also affected The Batman and Shazam 2.
After years of delays and pre-production, The Flash is finally set to begin filming on 26th April 2021.
Fans have already had to wait for a very long time to see a standalone film for the Scarlet Speedster, with Miller having already signed on as long ago as 2014 – so by the time we see the film, it’ll be almost a decade after the star agreed to play the character.
Of course in that time the character has appeared in other DC films but it can surely only be good news that he’s finally getting his own movie.
The Flash cast
As stated, Ezra Miller will take on the lead role of Barry Allen / The Flash. Billy Crudup has had to pull out of the role of Barry’s father Henry due to scheduling conflicts and has been replaced by The Conjuring’s Ron Livingston, who will be joined by Pan’s Labyrinth actress Maribel Verdú as Barry’s mum Nora.
Kiersey Clemons has been confirmed to return as Barry’s love interest Iris West. Clemons shot scenes for Justice League that were ultimately deleted from the theatrical cut, but were reinstated in the infamous Snyder Cut which has now been released.
There is a little bit more clarity surrounding those behind the camera. Andy Muschietti, who helmed both parts of the recent big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, will direct from a script by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) – after a string of other names had previously been attached to the project.
And in August 2020 some very surprising news broke about some other stars who would be appearing in the film – with former Batmen Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton both set to reprise their roles as the Caped Crusader.
Muschietti described Affleck’s role as “a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie”, while speaking to Vanity Fair, adding. “The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before.
Meanwhile, Keaton will recreate his Batman from Tim Burton’s 1989 movie and its 1992 sequel, with Muschietti describing it as a “substantial” part – and one of a number of the alternate-dimension heroes who would feature as we’ve seen before.
It seems like The Flash will be stuffed full of superheroes – as well as the two Batmans, The Young and Reckless star Sasha Calle will make her debut as the DCEU’s Supergirl.
The multiverse angle has prompted rumours that several more alternate versions of DC superheroes could appear, however – from a different dimension Wonder Woman to Brandon Routh’s Superman.
The Flash trailer
There’s no sign of a trailer yet, but we’ll keep you posted when one emerges from the Speed Force.
What is The Flash movie about?
According to previous announcements, the film will follow events of the Flashpoint comic, which sees the creation of an alternate timeline due to the Flash attempting to travel back in time to save his mother.
Miller has gone on record to say that “our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality” which certainly sounds, erm, intriguing.
And we now know a little bit more abut the multiverse that will reportedly be explored in the film, with director Andy Muschietti claiming that the movie is, “a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid.
“It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”
Muschietti further added that the film will explore the relationship between The Flash and Batman, telling Vanity Fair, “It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think.
“They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in. I’m glad to be collaborating with someone who has been on both sides of the camera, too. He understands.”
Unfortunately, further details about the plot have not yet been made official, so it’s still anybody’s guess really – but it’s probably safe to expect a whole lot of running!