In 2011, writer Geoff Johns sent the Flash on a time-twisting journey that is still reverberating across every conceivable DC universe. In “Flashpoint,” Barry Allen awakens in a world that is familiar yet strange. He no longer has superspeed. His dead mother is alive. And the world’s heroes are…different. “Flashpoint” altered DC history, setting the stage for a companywide relaunch.
So it was a special shock at Comic-Con this past July when Warner Bros. announced that Flashpoint would be the title of the speedster’s solo film “What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint,” teases Ezra Miller, “would be almost like hearing a word like ‘Crisis.’ We start to understand that our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, as I plan to call it. Quote me!”
“Flashpoint” has actually already been adapted twice to the screen, in the animated The Flashpoint Paradox and on the CW’s Flash. But Johns — who co-created the TV series and has a lead creative role in the DC Extended Universe — says the live-action film will explore new ground. “There’s elements in it that we’re going to be playing into that we couldn’t do anywhere else,” Johns explains. “The scale of it, the Batman story of it all.” Note that he doesn’t specify which Batman. The Dark Knight of the “Flashpoint”-verse was Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas, so there might be a call out for upper-middle aged actors to don the cowl. (Heck: Michael Keaton?)
But Fisher admits he hasn’t seen a Flashpoint script yet. And the film’s development has withstood a few real-world timeline reboots. Warner Bros. hired buzzy Dope director Rick Famuyiwa to helm the Flash-centric film, and even brought him onstage at Comic-Con last year film. But Famuyiwa departed, and the initial 2018 release date fell by the wayside. Warner Bros’ president Toby Emmerich recently told the Wall Street Journal‘s Ben Fritz that the studio was close to hiring a director for the Flash solo film. “The development of the project has been a little Barry Allen-like in its mercurial tendencies,” Miller admits. “But it looks more promising and more exciting than any of the other stages of development that we’ve been in.”