Though most people didn’t like Zack Snyder‘s cinematic take on the DC Universe, he landed a few wins, especially when it comes to casting. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman are both certified crowd-pleasers and have headlined their own solo movies which were both far more successful than the team-ups. In fact, ‘Aquaman’ is the highest-grossing DC superhero movie ever! But Ben Affleck has officially exited the role of Batman, possibly leaving it to Robert Pattinson, and from most reports, Henry Cavill is finished with Superman, as well.
A ‘Flash’ movie has been struggling to get made for years, with various writers and directors coming and going, but Warner Brothers’ holding contract for its star, Ezra Miller runs out at the end of this month. And according to ComicBook.com, the same is true of Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg.
In mid-March, it was reported that Miller had taken matters into his own hands and was writing his own screenplay for a ‘Flash’ film. Presumably, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are still attached to direct. But the film hasn’t begun production, so if Miller’s contract expires, he’s probably out for good.
There has been talk that Miller wants to take a darker approach to the character, while Daley and Goldstein, who collaborated on the script for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, want something lighter. But to be clear, there have been no reported clashes between them. Even so, if they have divergent views of the character, it may be best that they part ways.
Working in Miller favor, however, is the fact that he plays Creedence Barebone in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, which also hail from Warner Brothers, so he has an established relationship with the studio. Both parties may decide to re-sign, in hopes that ‘The Flash’ finally materializes as a stand-alone movie, and Miller gets the chance to star.
As for ‘Cyborg’, while a solo picture has always been part of WB’s overall plan, it has always been the farthest off, with the least development. No one has ever been signed to write a screenplay, much less direct.
Considering that the ‘Cyborg’ solo movie has always seemed more like a courtesy than a movie that everyone felt needed to get made, it wouldn’t be surprising if Fisher’s contract was not re-upped.
According to some reports, Fisher’s Cyborg would have had a role in ‘The Flash’ to help build the character up before getting his own solo adventure.
We will know for sure by the end of the week, whether or not Miller or Fisher has a future in the DCEU. If no news is announced, it should be assumed that they are out.
Considering that Warner Brothers seems to be taking a picture-by-picture approach and has abandoned the idea of a shared universe– there has been no talk of a ‘Justice League 2’, for example– that could very well mean that these roles won’t be recast, and the studio will simply proceed with other characters in different movies.
What do you think? Would you still like to see Ezra Miller as The Flash or Ray Fisher as Cyborg in upcoming movies?