Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, the upcoming Flash movie starring Ezra Miller has a name: Flashpoint. As comic book fans will know, that comes with a considerable history…
The movie, scheduled for 2020 from Warner Bros. and co-starring Billy Crudup and Kiersey Clemons, now has a name that ties it directly into the history of the DC Universe.
Flashpoint was a 2011 comic book story that saw the Flash travelling in time to save the life of his mother, which radically alters the timeline. Superman is held captive by the US government. Bruce Wayne is dead and Thomas Wayne had become the Batman — while Martha Wayne is now The Joker. And Paradise Island and Atlantis are at war.
Eventually the timelines were sorted out (ish), leading to the New 52 titles. The storyline was also loosely adapted in the animated TV film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, as well as in the third season of the CW series The Flash.
But what it could mean for the DC Cinematic Extended Universe is…reboot time. A change of actors, even. But it’s also evidence that Geoff Johns, DC President who wrote Flashpoint, is waving his big stick about — and making ’em jump.