Sure, ‘Justice League‘ is only now hitting theaters, but does that mean it’s too soon to look at what DC has on the horizon? Ezra Miller certainly doesn’t think so! And he has good reason to be excited. Not only is Warner expecting Miller’s interpretation of the Scarlet Speedster to emerge from ‘Justice League’ as a breakout character, but it may very well be that the DC Extended Universe’s next big event rests on his shoulders.
As we learned at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con, Miller’s solo Flash film will be titled ‘Flashpoint’. While very little has been explicitly confirmed, the clear implication is that the film will adapt (or at the very least be heavily influenced by) the 2011 comic book storyline of the same name. Beyond the comics, ‘Flashpoint’, has twice been adapted to the screen, first serving as the basis for the animated film ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ and later providing a loose basis for the third season of ‘The Flash‘. All this is to say that fans have a pretty specific expectation based on that title, and as Miller insinuates, we may be pretty close to the mark:
“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!”
Miller’s tease certainly dovetails with the rumors and assumptions that have run rampant ever since the announcement of ‘Flashpoint’ this summer. The story, which sees the Flash unwittingly alter history in an attempt to save his mother’s life. This uses of time travel allowed the story to serve as a means for DC to reboot their continuity. And as Miller implies, that is exactly what fans are expecting to see from the upcoming film. Not only would it give Warner a chance to (belatedly) smooth out some of their cinematic universe’s rough edges, but it would also provide a potential exit point for Ben Affleck, who despite his protestations has seemed ever more dissatisfied in his role as Batman.
Ezra Miller can be seen as the Flash when ‘Justice League’ opens this weekend. Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, ‘Justice League’ will serve as the flagship entry in DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe. The film will feature Miller alongside returning stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, and Amy Adams as they are joined by a slate of newcomers that includes Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Ciaran Hinds, and J.K. Simmons.
Be sure to check out our review of ‘Justice League’, available here.