With Justice League now screening for critics ahead of its release next Friday, early reactions are starting to trickle out and while full reviews are still under embargo, it seems that Ezra Miller’s Flash is quickly emerging as a fan favorite and the breakout character of the tentpole. As such, the studio now seems eager to put together Flashpoint and according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, it’s become a priority project for them.
This is certainly surprising to hear, as not too long ago, we were told they’d pumped the brakes on the pic as they were waiting to see how Justice League would be received. Now, however, it sounds like they’ve had a change of heart and are looking to make some moves in the near future. In fact, a follow-up Tweet from WSJ writer Ben Fritz noted that Warner Bros. is close to securing a director for Flashpoint and hopes to greenlight the movie very soon.
For those unfamiliar with the comic book storyline acting as the inspiration for Barry Allen’s solo outing, Geoff Johns’ 2011 miniseries saw the Flash go back in time to save his mother’s life. In doing so, he royally screwed up the timeline, creating a world filled with darker heroes.
Eventually, he (kind of) set things right, thereby allowing DC to do a linewide reboot in the form of the New 52. And, in the time since, this arc has been quite faithfully adapted as an animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and served as loose inspiration for season 3 of The Flash TV series. Still, seeing it in live-action will be another thing entirely and using this storyline also gives the studio the chance to introduce us to a new version of Batman, who might just be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, though. Flashpoint has yet to lock down an official release date, but DC fans can at least look forward to the launch of Justice League later this month. Emerging from a storied production, during which time Zack Snyder handed over the baton to Joss Whedon, early reactions have championed it as an “epic” addition to the DC Extended Universe, and we certainly hope that they’re right. After all, those reshoots cost the studio a small fortune.