While the next year-and-a-half is set, the fate of Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Extended Universe films in 2020 and beyond is less clear. Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey” seems to be the only confirmed film as yet, though Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” is likely to be out by 2020 or 2021 and there’s still Ava DuVernay’s “New Gods,” the “Batgirl” film and a “Suicide Squad” sequel to come.
So what about “Flashpoint,” the film which will see Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash get his own adventure? Over the few years since the project first came up, it has changed forms from being a separate tale to being a team-up to a full ensemble film ala “Captain America: Civil War”.
Right now though it’s unclear what’s happening with it. Zack Snyder’s departure last year from not just “Justice League” but the whole DC movie line-up means many of those films are in flux. That includes rumors, almost all originating from fans, that the film could include an alternate timeline version of Thomas Wayne (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”).
Morgan, appearing at Comic Con this past weekend, tells MTV that he’s not so sure he will have a chance of returning to the DC universe now:
“I’ll keep talking about it because it’s really fun to talk about and I really would like Warner Bros to open their ears a little bit. When Zack Snyder was involved in the DC world more, I think there was a real possibility. But now that he’s kind of stepped away a little bit, I’ve heard different things that Flashpoint might not be going in that direction. It’ll be more of an origin story for Flash. But look, I’m always here and would love to do it.”
Another of the projects that remains in question is the “Deathstroke” movie which “The Raid” helmer Gareth Evans is slated to direct and which has Joe Manganiello set to star. Manganiello, who briefly played the role in a post-credits scene in “Justice League,” tells the same outlet that nothing’s set in stone:
“I say, ‘It’s in the works,’ because it is and there’s nothing further that I can say without speaking out of school… because I’m part of a team, I’m a part of a locker room – you don’t talk outside the locker room. But all I can say is, for the hardcore fans, it’s in the works. They want the character to happen, it’s just when he happens. I think everybody is committed to that.”
Though they had some big DC reveals with “Wonder Woman 1984” footage and trailers for “Shazam” and “Aquaman,” this past weekend’s Comic Con was very light on DC announcements such as who will replace Ben Affleck as Batman and is there going to be a “Man of Steel” direct sequel – suggesting there’s been no real progress on these other projects.
DC chief Geoff Johns offered a brief “Green Lantern Corps.” update, telling IGN the new film will differ greatly from the Ryan Reynolds-led first attempt: “It’s a complete re-imagining, just like I did in Green Lantern Rebirth with the comics. Hopefully I’m going to be delivering a script that Warner (Brothers) loves and the DC likes, and that they want to make… if you’ve read my Green Lantern run it’s very much inline with some stuff we did in there.”
Separately, a reliable Twitter source has indicated the “Batgirl” film is keen on a “Kristen Stewart prototype” to play Barbara Gordon and could go after Stewart herself.