The Flash movie has been on the DCEU roster for a while, but it looks like we might be getting a movie sooner rather than later.
During DC FanDome, the cast and crew of The Flash—slated for June 2022—gathered to share some fun facts about the comic character and some insights into the upcoming film.
The panel included Ezra Miller, the actor portraying the Flash, Andy Muschietti, director of The Flash, Barbara Muschietti, producer of the film, and Christina Hodson, writer on the film. Here are the highlights from the discussion.
What is The Flash Movie About?
According to Andy Muschietti, this movie will be a time-travelling story. Fans of the DC Universes will be familiar with this direction for the Flash character’s story—The CW’s Flash series has explored time-travelling for a number of seasons.
In the DCEU, we got a glimpse of the Flash’s time-travelling abilities—a future version of the Flash appeared to Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and instigated his search for his Justice League teammates.
The time-travelling aspect of the Flash’s story has always been tied into Barry Allen’s quest to save his mother, who was murdered when he was a child. Allen’s father was subsequently charged for the crime and—in both the TV series and DCEU—spends the majority of Allen’s life in prison.
From the little that was revealed during the panel, it seems that the Flash will travel back in time to save his mother—this arc will be central to the story.
How the Flash will develop this ability is yet to be disclosed. On the TV series, the Flash uncovers his time-travelling abilities by accident—while attempting to save his city and foster father from the Weather Wizard, the Flash ran fast enough to break the temporal barrier.
Since then, the Flash has time-travelled almost at will and has inadvertently changed the universe as a result. Could this be in the cards for The Flash movie?
What Else Can We Expect from The Flash Movie?
Writer Hodson revealed that the Speedforce will play a major part in The Flash movie. Andy Muschietti doodled his vision for the Speedforce and apparently, Hodson has kept a few of the doodles for herself.
Producer Barbara Muschietti spoke a little about the script and how excited she was to see it realised on screen. She did not share any further details, however.
Andy Muschietti also shared that the events of The Flash movie will create a DCEU multiverse—much like the CW multiverse that brought together multiple shows including Batman 66,The CW, DC Universe, the Animated Universe, and even the DCEU.
How a movie multiverse will impact the TV version is up for debate. We know that the new Batman film with Robert Pattinson will exist in a different universe from the Batman portrayed by Ben Affleck—but how do they tie into the Batwoman show’s version of Batman?
During a panel on the DC Multiverse, Greg Berlanti, the creator of the Arrowverse, and executive producer on Titans and Doom Patrol, mentioned that the multiverse very much existed despite the events of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ amalgamating multiple Earths into one. This could be the reasoning behind a separate big-screen multiverse existing alongside the Arrowverse.
The Flash Movie Facts: Surprising Reveals
The panel also shared some fun facts about the The Flash movie.
Writer Hodson’s best friend growing up was none other than Robert Pattinson’s older sister. Which is an extremely fun fact, although Pattison’s Batman may not be appearing in this film.
Hodson also spoke about using Ezra Miller’s personality to fuel some of her writing for Barry Allen—the combination of the two will effectively create a Barry Allen with a great deal of heart and humour. We had seen some of this in Justice League—certainly the humour part—and it is a relief that more of that will be in evidence in the film.
Andy Muschietti also shared a sneak peak at Barry Allen’s new Flash suit. It’s quite different from the ones seen in BvS and in Justice League. The bulky armour pieces are gone, replaced by a suit that is sleeker, more aerodynamic, and organic, and looks similar to the design for the TV suit.
Muschietti also pointed out the lights embedded in the suit and revealed that in the film, Bruce Wayne will have built the suit for the Flash.
Interestingly, during the Multiverse panel, it was revealed by Walter Hamada, President of DC Films, and Jim Lee, Publisher at DC Comics, that the DCEU Flash didn’t have a superhero name until he met The CW’s Flash during ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’. Perhaps the inspiration for the suit came from there, as well?
Though we don’t have many details about The Flash movie, there is enough tantalising information shared here to excite fans for the eventual release of the movie in 2022.