For the fastest man alive, The Flash has been delayed for years since its first announcement back in 2014. After suffering a series of setbacks, Ezra Miller made his debut as the Scarlet Speedster in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a cameo role. Then in 2017, Ezra Miller’s Flash returned in a much bigger role in Joss Whedon’s critically panned Justice League.
The critical and commercial disappointment of Justice League almost marked the end of the DC Extended Universe, including The Flash. The murky future of the DCEU along with frequent changes in the creative department spelled disaster for the movie. However, the troubled movie has finally found solid ground with director Andy Muschietti of It and It Chapter Two.
Recently, The Flash seemed to move forward with a greater pace as Michael Keaton was reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Batman. Just a few weeks later, Ben Affleck was confirmed to return as the Dark Knight for Andy Muschietti’s The Flash. Now, another member of the Justice League is reportedly in talks to appear in the upcoming movie.
According to The Illuminerdi, Warner Bros. is aggressively pursuing Gal Gadot to reprise her role as Wonder Woman in The Flash. After her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actor quickly rose to stardom with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (2017). The astounding success of Wonder Woman brought much-needed stability to the DCEU after the polarizing reception of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad.
The Flash is reportedly being loosely adapted from the critically acclaimed Flashpoint storyline. In the comics, Wonder Woman and her Amazonians engage in a fierce war with Aquaman and his Atlantean army in a different timeline. Unfortunately, The Flash won’t be featuring the Amazonian and Atlantean war, along with entirely skipping Thomas Wayne’s battered and hardened Batman.
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
As Gal Gadot is one of the highest-paid and most sought actors in the industry right now, her return as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in The Flash alongside Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck is a bold and ambitious move on part of Andy Muschietti. According to the Deadline, Henry Cavill might also reprise his role as Superman in the movie, completing DC’s golden trinity.
The addition of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is definitely exciting news, but The Flash is not going to be an easy movie to pull off. As the movie is set to introduce the multiverse, the additional burden of two Batmen, Wonder Woman, and a rumored Superman should not sideline the priority of a tightly written script and an unforgettable cinematic experience.
The Flash is set to release on November 4, 2022.