Director Andy Muschietti of It and It Chapter Two is the latest director to take on The Flash for Warner Brothers. There haven’t been many details about what his take on the Fastest Man Alive would be…until now. Recently, the folks at The Hashtag Show revealed that Muschietti’s big screen version of the Scarlet Speedster is going to adapt the storyline Flashpoint. However, he said his version of the Flash will be a “different version of Flashpoint than you’re expecting.”
This is the first confirmation that the live-action Flash film, which presumably will still feature Ezra Miller as the titular hero, is still adapting this well known DC Comics storyline.
An adaptation of Flashpoint could have huge ramifications for the DCEU, and could “fix” a lot of its current problems. For those of you out there that have never read it, Flashpoint was a 2011 DC Comics mini-series. It had Barry Allen travel back in time to stop his arch-nemesis the Reverse Flash from murdering his mother Nora when he was a kid. In doing so, he returns to his own time to find a drastically different present. In this reality, Aquaman’s Atlantis is at war with Wonder Woman’s Amazons; and Batman is Thomas Wayne, not his son Bruce. When Barry puts history right, he finds his reality was mostly back to normal. But still slightly altered. In the comics, this resulted in the New 52 line-wide reboot.
A movie version of Flashpoint could serve the same function for the movies as it did for the comics. Even if it doesn’t go as grand as the comic book story, the effect could still be the same for the overall DCEU. If Warner Brothers really wants to keep Ezra Miller as Flash, as well as Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, they still could. But by Flash tampering with the past, it could have changed aspects of the DCEU we’ve already seen. Maybe Superman never died in this reality, and the Justice League never formed in the wake of his death? This could also be used to explain the apparent continuity errors in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, which feature Diana as a public hero, even though Batman v Superman stated she abandoned mankind after World War I.
The Flash television series also did their own version of Flashpoint, although the ramifications for the greater Arrowverse were not as huge there as they were for the comics. But there were some, and they lasted. If Muschietti plays his cards right, this could be the quick and easy solution to all the DCEU’s tonal problems. And it could explain away any differences in future versions of Batman and Superman. They could appear in the same reality that Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are a part of. Heck, Flashpoint could even explain away how James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad is a reboot of the 2016 film, even though it features much of the same cast! You can always just say Barry Allen “Flashpointed it away.” Works for me!
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