With Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” now out in cinemas, talk has turned towards where the DC film universe goes from here.
Though faring better with critics than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or “Suicide Squad,” the film is hardly getting raves – even the CinemaScore is a solid but unremarkable B+ – and box-office estimates continue to slide lower with the opening weekend estimates now at $96 million. Even Zack Snyder reportedly has yet to see the final cut and apologised to fans of the film for not being able to finish it.
A direct “Justice League” sequel is looking unlikely, but the proposed “Flashpoint” film remains a possibility. Asked about that film’s status, Flash actor Ezra Miller tells EW:
“The development of the project has been a little Barry Allen-like in its mercurial tendencies. But it looks more promising and more exciting than any of the other stages of development that we’ve been in…
What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint would be almost like hearing a word like ‘Crisis.’ We start to understand that our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, as I plan to call it. Quote me.
The “Flashpoint” story features several alternate/evil versions of classic DC characters, one being a ruthless incarnation of Batman who happens to be Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas. Jeffrey Dean Morgan appeared briefly as Thomas Wayne in ‘Dawn Of Justice’.
Of the “Flashpoint” story, DC chief Geoff Johns says: “There’s elements in it that we’re going to be playing into that we couldn’t do anywhere else. The scale of it, the Batman story of it all.” Additionally, Warners is rumored to be considering tweaking the story in order to introduce a younger Batman – allowing them to recast the role with the actor to be used in the Matt Reeves solo “The Batman” film.
This would gel with a report yesterday at El Fanboy which indicates the plan is for Reeves’ “The Batman” to follow the events of “Justice League” and remain firmly within the existing DC films universe. A “Flashpoint” story would allow someone like the nine years younger Gyllenhaal to take over the role.
There’s also the report from The Ankler which indicates that Joss Whedon’s role in the DCEU is also taking a step back with the focus shifting to someone else:
“There’s all sorts of scuttlebutt about the way forward for DC post-League: that Whedon’s Batgirl is…unthinkable at this point; that they’ll now turn the whole thing over to James Wan if Aquaman goes well; that they might just make it a Wonder Woman universe.”
“Justice League” is now playing in cinemas worldwide.