Film fans are always eager for the smallest piece of news – and they aren’t afraid to ask in what might not always be the most appropriate of situations. Recently, a fan asked for news of the upcoming Flash film on an Instagram post by producer Barbara Muschietti, even though the post had absolutely nothing to do with film or superheroes in the slightest. (The original post was made in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and specifically called for justice for Breonna Taylor).
Surprisingly, Muschietti responded, saying “It’s coming! News very soon”.
A potential Flash film has been in discussion ever since the character of Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, first showed up in the 2016 film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zack Snyder, who directed the film, indicated that he had plans for the character’s future story. Miller also played the role in the 2017 Justice League, and will presumably feature in the upcoming “Snyder Cut” re-release of the film.
Over the past several years, a number of directors have been attached to an independent Flash film. Finally, the project wound up in the hands of Barbara’s husband, Andy Muschietti (It, It Chapter Two). Muschietti has confirmed that the film will feature time travel as a key element and will adapt Flashpoint, a story arc in which the speedster journeys to the past in an attempt to reverse his mother’s murder.
Little else is known about the film beyond a planned release date of June 3, 2022. Pre-production efforts were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is presumed that work on the film has not re-started. Other planned DC Extended Universe films, including The Batman and Black Adam, have also called a halt in production due to the coronavirus.
Recently, fans have been clamoring for the re-casting of the title role, following the release of a video in which Miller is seen to attack and potentially choke a young woman outside of a bar in Iceland. Currently, neither Andy nor Barbara Muschietti (nor Miller himself) have revealed whether the role will indeed be recast.