With the release of The Batman, we could say that fans might have forgotten for a little while that DCEU is still a thing, and although The Batman isn’t a part of it, the WB still needs to find a way to put the DCEU back on track. While Matt Reeves is building that other DC shared universe known as Bat-verse, what the future of DCEU holds is anyone’s guess. But, one thing that’s for sure, the upcoming movie The Flash will surely have a lot of impact on the future of the DCEU, and we honestly can’t figure out if we should be excited or terrified because of it.
Ezra Miller debuted as the Scarlet Speedster in 2016’s Batman V Superman in a small role. He also showed up in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad the same year. His first full-time appearance was in 2017’s Justice League, and in last year’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The Flash solo movie was initially announced in 2014, but since then, it went through several circles of development hell. After many directors and screenwriters changed, the movie has finally fallen into the hands of Christina Hodson. who wrote the screenplay, and Andy Muschietti, who signed on to direct. The production wrapped last year, and the movie will be released, after the latest delay, in June of 2023.
While we’re waiting for the movie, we decided to share with you five reasons why we cannot wait for this movie and five reasons why we’re worried about how it might look once it hits theaters.
Excited: Michael Keaton returns as Batman
The Flash movie will shake up not only a DCEU as it is but almost the whole DC Multiverse, which also includes Tim Burton’s Batman movies in which Michael Keaton played the titular role. Keaton played the Dark Knight on two occasions, in 1989 and 1992. Now, 30 years after he hung up the cape, he will return to reprise the role. He is also set to reprise the role in the upcoming Batgirl movie. This announcement made all of DC fans really excited when it was first revealed, and Keaton’s involvement in The Flash makes us really excited and we cannot wait to see his long-awaited return as the Caped Crusader.
Worried: The movie isn’t following the original Flashpoint storyline
When the movie was first announced back in 2014, it was announced as the Flashpoint, which indicated that the movie will adapt the famous comic book storyline of the same name. However, the title of the movie was changed back to The Flash, but it was said that the movie will have a Flashpoint-like storyline, only not the one we might expect.
To tell you the truth, adapting the original storyline from the comic book would make us unbelievably excited for the movie, but the fact that the movie will make up its own version of Flashpoint, we are not sure how to feel about that, especially after that poor depiction of the Flashpoint in The Flash TV series. Sure, we can’t know before we see it, but who knows what are they cooking for the movie. Also, not adapting the original comic book storyline means we won’t get a chance to see evil Wonder Woman in a war against Aquaman, and who wouldn’t want to see that on the big screen?
Excited: Supergirl’s debut in DCEU
Although not known as Wonder Woman, Supergirl is still one of the most known female characters in the DC comics. Ever since the character first appeared in 1959, there have been several attempts to give her a faithful live-action incarnation. The first attempt was in 1984 when the original Supergirl movie was released as the spin-off to the Superman franchise starring Christoper Reeve. Unfortunately, the movie was a huge failure.
In 2015, Melissa Benoist debuted as Supergirl in a TV series of the same name. The series ran for six whole seasons, but despite the fact that Benoist was a good pick for the role, the series received mixed reviews, with a lot of criticism towards writing and poor visual effects. Now, Sasha Calle is set to debut as Supergirl in the upcoming movie, and we cannot wait to see if this really is the Supergirl we have been waiting for.
Still, there are questions about the incarnation, because judging from the set photos, it seems like DCEU’s Supergirl will not be Kara Zor-El. Also, Supergirl is set to get her own solo project after, so we’re looking forward to seeing how The Flash will set the foundations.
Worried: The Flash suit
Ever since the Flash debuted in DCEU, there’s been a lot of talking about his superhero suit. Most of the DC fans agreed that the suit doesn’t look well because of its armor style. It’s been previously announced that the Flash will get a new suit in the upcoming movie, and it was promised that the suit will be more organic (we bet Bruce Wayne will have something to do with that), but although we got a first look at the suit in the first footage of the movie, the mask, or better say helmet, still looks kinda weird. It’s not crucial for the general quality of the movie, but the suit is also what makes a hero, so we can only hope for the best.
Excited: Exploring the Multiverse and rumored cameos
Marvel’s upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to open the gates to Marvel Multiverse, and due to that, many special guest stars and surprise cameos have been rumored, and some of them were even confirmed. The Flash movie is expected to do the same for the DC Multiverse, which opens a lot of options for the potential return of some familiar faces. The confirmed return of Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck in their respective Batman roles already shows this movie will be as Multiversal as it gets.
Some more ambitious rumors are even saying that Grant Gustin, who plays the titular role in The Flash TV series might make an appearance, considering that Ezra Miller had a special cameo in the Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths in January of 2020. Some of the rumored cameos are also Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and although it’s quite possible, we’re taking that with a grain of salt.
Worried: We’re afraid it could be messy
This one is particularly interesting. The Flash is certainly one of the most ambitious DC projects so far, but from what we’ve learned about the movie so far, it seems like they’re just throwing everything into that movie, and who knows how well organized will that be. First, the movie will come up with a new, already mentioned Flashpoint-like storyline, which could be hit or miss. Second, there are, like, so many characters, even Ezra will play two different characters, and we still have no idea who could be the main villain. There’s no doubt this movie will offer a lot, but bigger doesn’t always mean better. Let’s just hope they planned the whole thing well, because if they didn’t, this movie could be all over the place, which is something we don’t want.
Both excited and worried: Ben Affleck returns as DCEU’s Batman
Ben Affleck is certainly one of the most unlucky DCEU stars. He debuted in Batman V Superman and despite the movie’s mixed reviews, he had the potential to be maybe even the best Batman we have ever seen on the big screen. Unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events happened afterward. Starting with the unfortunate reshoots of the Justice League movie by Joss Whedon, which turned Affleck’s character into… well, we have no idea what that was, but it certainly wasn’t Batman.
After that, Affleck gave up on the solo Batman movie in which he was supposed to star alongside Joe Manganiello, who was set to play Deathstroke. When Ben Affleck was confirmed to return as Batman in the Flash, the fans were thrilled, but when it was announced that he’s going to return only to bring closure to his incarnation of Batman, another wave of disappointment arose. And while’s it’s going to be great to see Batfleck again, we’re worried about how it’s gonna look, and if the movie will say bye-bye to Batfleck forever, we’re definitely not happy about that.
Both excited and worried: It will reshape the DCEU as we know it (for either better or worse)
One more thing that can be hit or miss about this movie is that it will use the concept of the Multiverse to reshape the DCEU as we know it, considering that WB’s attempt to turn DCEU into something colorful with 2017’s Justice League wasn’t so successful. Although the fans would say it’s easy to just throw the whole franchise away and just restore the co-called Snyderverse, executives at WB obviously have different plans (of course they do).
DC and WB realized that solo films, like Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and Black Adam are something they can build the franchise on, and The Flash will try to fix all the damage that was caused to the franchise due to all the unfortunate events mentioned before. We can see they will try to use this film to bring the franchise back on track, will they succeed, or will they mess it up even more, remains to be seen. Like we always say, hope for the best, be ready for the worst.
The Flash is set to open in theaters on June 23, 2023.