The Flash movie seems to be hitting the brakes, according to Variety. The upcoming DCEU flick about the scarlet speedster originally had a projected March 2020 release date, but now that doesn’t look likely. The movie’s production start date was just bumped back to 2019. That leaves the Flash movie’s release date more likely to be sometime in 2021. But perhaps for the first time in ages, a complication with the DCEU wasn’t brought about by poor planning or communication on their own part. At least not entirely. A decent portion of this delay is a scheduling conflict. Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, is set to appear in the third Fantastic Beasts film, which begins shooting in July.
With that being said, the issue extends beyond this problem. The Flash movie’s status has always been a bit iffy. There’s very little actual information surrounding it. It does seem to be at least partially adapting the 2011 story, Flashpoint. Though how it manages to do that if none of the other members are in the movie is a mystery. And some villains are known. But the actual problem with the film revolves around the script. Namely, there apparently isn’t one yet. A draft exists. But it needs tweaks before Warner Bros. approves it. As such, the movie still has a ways to go before it’s even ready for production.
Fans of the fastest man alive will have to wait a bit longer, as the movie isn’t going anywhere fast. The television version of the character is still going strong. But without another Justice League movie in the pipeline, it looks like it’ll be a while before The Flash is on the big screen again. In the meantime, DCEU is producing a staggering amount of other content. There’s another Suicide Squad on the way, helmed by James Gunn, as well as a Birds of Prey movie. But the nearest to completion would be the Aquaman film, in theaters this December.