Although The Flash was one of the first movies to be announced as part of the DC Extended Universe slate, the movie's gone through a number of setbacks in the years since, including losing two directors. Now titled Flashpoint, the Scarlet Speedster's movie is now courting Game Night duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to be the new directors. With Gal Gadot reportedly reprising Wonder Woman for Flashpoint, as well as DC president Geoff Johns saying that it will have Batman elements, it sounded like this movie could be a reasonably faithful adaptation of the 2011 Flashpoint story. However, a new report claims there will be plenty of differences from the source material, particularly by using Dr. Light, Captain Cold and Heat Wave as the villains.
Although Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash, was the shadowy antagonist of the original Flashpoint story, supposedly he won't retain that role for the cinematic Flashpoint, although apparently the movie will include a reference or flashback to the accident that turned Barry Allen into The Flash, which will include Eobard "in an interesting way." Instead, Dr. Arthur Light is supposedly Flashpoint's lead villain, though Flash will also have to contend with Captain Cold and Heat Wave, two of his oldest enemies from the comics who are leading members of The Rogues. However, if the Flashpoint movie is retaining the temporal craziness of the original story, then it's possible that this versions of the characters might not fully match the villains we're used to seeing on the printed page. As for Dr. Light, he has primarily clashed with the Justice League and Teen Titans in the comics, and while he could certainly pose a threat to Flash, it's hard to imagine how he might be used in a Flashpoint adaptation.
But these weren't the only character details That Hashtag Show dropped. Supposedly Flashpoint will also include Dr. Caitlin Snow, who is one of the main cast members on The Flash TV show and is better known as Killer Frost, though that doesn't necessarily mean her icy persona will emerge in the movie. Supposedly Barry Allen will also work alongside Detectives Jared Morillo and Fred Chyre, the latter of whom Barry will help investigate the death of Jonathan Chambers, known in the comics as Johnny Quick. Moving to returning DCEU characters, Ray Fisher and Billy Crudup are expected to reprise Cyborg and Henry Allen, respectively. Kiersey Clemons is also still attached as Iris West, who was supposed to be introduced last year in Justice League, but her appearance was cut.
We'll have to wait and see if any or all of these Flashpoint details are legitimate, but if they are, this movie certainly isn't shying away from including both longtime players in the Flash mythology and a few folks from other corners of the DC Comics universe. Flashpoint doesn't have an release date assigned yet, but Warner Bros supposedly wants to start production in the latter half of this year so the movie can be screened in 2020. To learn what else the DCEU has in development, head to our DC movies guide.