The second half of one of the better virtual fan events, DC FanDome, came together this past weekend. The Flash movie panel at DC FanDome, which featured mostly fan Q&A, revealed a lot about the upcoming movie. But the most revealing aspect of DC FanDome’s The Flash movie panel was how it affects the overall DC Extended Universe and beyond.
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Flash Movie Panel At DC FanDome Q&A Session
“There are a lot of DC characters in it. Flash is the superhero of this film because he is the bridge between all of these characters and timelines. And, in a way, it restarts everything and doesn’t forget anything.”
— Barbara Muschietti
The initial DC FanDome Flash panel showed concept art of the Flash’s new suit. Along with some jokey jokey bits from star Ezra Miller to lighten the mood. Director Andy Muschietti also provided some details about how the Multiverse factors into the new movie. Along with an actual Multiverse panel that preceded the Flash panel, the implication was that all former DC movies and TV shows will seemingly exist together, but in multiple realities. The seeds for this came out during the Crisis crossover when Miller’s movie Flash crossed streams with Grant Gustin’s CW TV Flash.
When answering a question from a fan, producer Barbara Muschietti seemingly confirmed that the movie will deal with the Multiverse. She mentioned how there will also be many characters, and how the Flash will be the bridge between them and multiple other timelines and realities. Her comment about ‘doesn’t forget anything’ could mean that the Flash movie won’t retcon, or undo the events of any past films. Especially given the inclusion of the first live-action feature film Batman in the movie. More on that later.
The Flash Movie May Attempt An Unprecedented Endeavour
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Through the years there have been different incarnations of the same character in different movies or TV shows. Currently, there are multiple shows on TV featuring different DC Comics’ characters. Not to mention multiple unrelated movies as well, such as Joker, Constantine, and the countless Batman and Superman movies. So it looks like the Flash movie will be looking to consolidate all those movies, stories, and iterations of characters as part of the same world, but just different realities. This makes sense, since this is how actual comic book universes work.
While the Crisis crossover on The CW was months ago, more confirmation on this approach came out right before the first DC FanDome. News broke that Michael Keaton will play a Batman, most likely the same iteration he portrayed in the 1989 live-action movie. Then there’s the return of yet another live-action Batman, Ben Affleck, who’s also joining the Flash movie. The new movie is apparently inspired by, but not totally following the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. The Flash movie panel at DC FanDome makes this point very clear, meaning that, while the story comes from Flashpoint, it will be modified to suit the current DCEU.
What Other Characters May Appear In The Flash?
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With the most recent iteration of Batman, Affleck already confirmed to appear in The Flash, who else could be a part of it? The Flashpoint storyline in the comics heavily featured arcs of the major DC superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman. I’m not sure how feasible it would be to have Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa reprise their roles as cameos. Especially given the sequels to their own franchises looming. At best, we can likely expect something along the lines of Chris Evans’ cameo in Thor: The Dark World. Whereas this would be a one-off for Affleck seeing how he has no intention to return to Batman after this. At least anytime soon. On the other hand, a different Superman appearing could very much be a possibility. The Superman from Flashpoint is incredibly different from the one we know in Henry Cavill. Flashpoint Superman was frail, isolated, and raised in a lab, making for a different actor to play the character very much in the realm of possibility.
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