The flash is one of the longest projects in development at the DC Film Slate. So long that DC fans are rightly wary of news. Nobody will believe that The flash actually happens until there are butts in the seats and they watch the movie on the screen. It has gone through multiple directors and writers, the story has changed a few times, not to mention the somewhat implosion of the DCEU.
Now that everyone was ready, fans were shocked to receive the news that filming is being officially started The flashYes! We don’t play jack until the movie shines in our eyes. The real question is: what is the story about? How could it connect to the DCEU in general? Will it connect to it Justice League in a way? Let’s dive in and share what we think.
Shall The flash proceed with the Justice League story?
Our best guess is. Kind of. Considering that Zack Snyder has emerged as the main precursor to the DCEU, this means that the story alluded to in Justice League in neither version will it happen. Joe Maganiello, for example, doesn’t think he’ll ever play Deathstroke in any of the movies because, he says, they just don’t exist anymore.
That doesn’t mean we won’t see a connection with Justice League in The flashIn fact, we count on it. We somehow think that The flash will be connected with Flash point, leaving Barry Allen to stop his mother’s murder alone for time to largely get out of the whack and make the future a horrible sort of wasteland. When he went back in time to make sure his mother died, DC Comics rebooted.
This, of course, led to the New 52, and it was. Bad. We’re going bad with this. It was bad except for two series. But given continuity snarls, including Snyder’s departure from the DCEU, it would make sense to see the slate kind of wiped clean and see a new DCEU come out of the ashes that we can start over with, you know?
The multiverse could play a role
While we think the reboot element is definitely on the table, it’s just too good a movie not to just start things from scratch for DC & Warner Bros in terms of story and connection, there’s a multiverse element at play here too . Given that we have confirmation that Michael Keaton will reprise his role from 1989 Batman in this movie, this seems to be especially true.
Bringing the multiverse to the DCEU is a smart move as any DC movie can be connected. For example 2019’s Joker? It takes place in an alternate universe. Any solo DC movie unrelated to the main universe? It’s in its own universe. Do not worry about it. We could even have live action Elseworld’s stories, just say. Justice League and The flash fits in easily.
The events of Justice League could have taken place on an alternate Earth, along with the other Snyder movies. Continuity for them still plays a role, but what if Barry lands on another Earth or something? Or does the timeline split in a way to create another Earth? One where we reboot and the other with the old events? There are many great possibilities with this.
Special announcement from filmmaker Andy Muschietti on his Instagram: Here we go !!! THE FLASH Day 1. #TheFlashMovie pic.twitter.com/rwaYapX1WR
– DC (@DCComics) April 19, 2021
What will happen?
The possibilities are endless, but we think something is going to happen to help restore DCEU’s awkward continuity while connecting its movie and TV franchises with the rest of the world. We know we can expect it from Ezra Miller Justice League co-starred Ben Affleck in the film. Who knows? We might see some cameos from the other members, like Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot.
We get answers when The flash will be released on November 4, 2022.