The Development Struggles of ‘The Flash’ Explained

My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive. To the outside world I’ve only been on the CW since 2014, but secretly I’ve been trying to get my own movie for years.

The current DC Extended Universe has its future movies set in stone until 2021.

Shazam! releases April 5, 2019. The non-DCEU Joaquin Phoenix led Joker film being helmed by Todd Phillips will release October 4, 2019.

Birds of Prey will release February 7, 2020. Wonder Woman 1984’s release date is June 5, 2020.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring a new actor in the Bat role will release June 25, 2021. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, that will most likely have a different cast of characters from the first movie, will release August 6, 2021. Also, don’t forget about Super Pets in May 2021!

After reading all that, many fans are asking: Where is The Flash movie? So far only three members of the Justice League in the DCEU have had their own solo movies. And since The Batman is definitely releasing in 2021, there will then be four solo movies.

The characters that do not have a solo movie at the moment are The Flash and Cyborg.

When the original DCEU slate came out both a Flash and a Cyborg movie were in the plans. Unfortunately, those two movies haven’t happened yet. A Cyborg film is most likely not happening for a while, but a Flash movie has been so close yet so far.

Ezra Miller was cast as the Scarlet Speedster and his only appearances include a cameo in 2016’s Suicide Squad and a supporting role in 2017’s Justice League.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, were the first people attached to make the movie happen for March 2018. The duo was in charge of writing the script with a possibility to direct it but left the DC film for the opportunity to direct Solo: A Star Wars Story, a project they later got fired from.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride, and Prejudice And Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was then attached to direct the film, but then left due to creative differences.

Rick Famuwiya, director of Dope, was set to direct the movie in 2016 with a set production date but left the project due to creative differences again with Warner Bros.

During the Warner Bros panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that the Flash’s movie title would be FlashpointThat title managed to excite, yet confuse fans because it left people wondering whether or not they were going to adapt the famous storyline where The Flash messes up the timeline and breaks the world as a result. Not a lot has been said about it since.

At one point Matthew Vaughn and Robert Zemeckis were once thought to be in running to take over, but Warner Bros hired John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, co-writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming, to officially direct The Flash or Flashpoint, or whatever it’s called. The only thing that’s known about this movie is that Miller is still attached to star.

The Flash’s production was supposed to start after Fantastic Beasts 3’s production concluded in the fall, but now that Beast’s production got delayed until the fall, it will delay The Flash as well since Miller is part of both productions. So, in theory, The Flash could start production sometime in 2020 and come out in 2021 but at this point who knows?

This goes to show that The Flash is on the mind of the execs at Warner Bros and trying hard to make it happen. Hopefully, the Scarlet Speedster gets his solo movie sooner rather than later.

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