DC’s upcoming film The Flash has certainly had a tumultuous history. Recently Warner Brothers announced that the film would finally hit theaters July 1, 2022, and that Ezra Miller would indeed reprise his role of the title character. It’s wildly anticipated that the film will follow the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. In an exclusive discussion with That Hashtag Show, director Andrés Muschietti tells us that the film will feature Flashpoint elements, but perhaps not in a way we might think.

Image: DC Comics

Muschietti spoke to us after moderating a cast panel for the upcoming horror/thriller film Underwater.  (Side note: Muschietti also confirmed in the conversation that he is indeed helming a new adaptation of the horror classic The Howling for Netflix. Read about that HERE.) When we asked him what upcoming projects he had on his calendar, he was quick to reference his work on the Flash film. When pressed for details, he simply replied that the movie will present a “different version of Flashpoint than you’re expecting.”

Flash: A different telling of Flashpoint

Fans of the Flash comics will be well versed in the Flashpoint storyline. In the comics, Barry Allen (the Flash) wakes to find that he now exists in an alternate reality. It’s one in which he has no powers and everything, including the death of his own mother, is changed. His mother lives, Thomas Wayne, not Bruce, is Batman, and Atlanteans have sunk and now control most of western Europe. Barry eventually attempts to go back in time to change things back to normal….

Muschietti; The Howling
The Flash director AndreŽs Muschietti moderates a celebrity panel in Hollywood
on January 7, 2020.
(Image: Eric Charbonneau)

The Flashpoint storyline has found its way into an animated film feature (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Elements of it have even trickled into CW’s The Flash series. What Muschietti will do with it, and how it will be a different version than we expect, remains a mystery. If nothing else, he’s at least done his part to spark interest in the film and keep fans wanting for more.

Flashpoint; The Flash
Image: DC; Warner Brothers

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