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The Flash might remain with the new DCU

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The Flash: Movies based on comic book characters and stories are referred to as comic book movies or superhero movies.

In recent years, these films have grown in popularity, with multiple adaptations of well-known comic book characters like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man made by big Hollywood studios.

As early as the 1970s, DC was at the forefront of comic book movies.

Marvel’s MCU helped it become incredibly popular, but DC has been following closely after with its own distinct cinematic universe.

The Flash is one of the next DC films released in theaters this year.

James Gunn

Since becoming the co-president of DC, James Gunn has been in charge of dismantling many of the elements that Zack Snyder established.

Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, attended a meeting with Gunn to learn of their new plan.

Ben Affleck will no longer play the main continuity Batman, while Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 3 has been shelved.

It was rumored that Jason Momoa might make his return as Lobo.

In James Gunn’s revised DC Universe, it seems that only Ezra Miller will continue to play The Flash.


Although the film adaptation of The Flash was first announced in October 2014, it took over ten years to reach theaters.

The movie has gone through numerous stages of development since then.

Initially scheduled for release last year, The Flash was delayed by Warner Bros.

HBO Discovery postponed it till the summer of 2023 for post-production difficulties.


The numerous legal issues involving Ezra Miller are one of the most likely reasons for the film’s controversy.

Before receiving court orders for their altercation with Tokata Iron Eyes, The Flash actor encountered legal issues in Hawaii.

Miller was accused of threatening a woman and her family in the middle of 2022.

Guns, bullets, and marijuana were all around the actor’s Vermont farm, which was also the center of controversy.

They were eventually indicted in Vermont with felony burglary.

Ezra Miller has now undergone mental health therapy and issued a public apology, but their actions made the DC project a contentious release.

Read also: Henry Cavill breaks news, he won’t return as Superman

The news

There have been rumors about Ezra Miller’s potential involvement with the Flash franchise since the movie is scheduled to enter theaters this year.

According to Variety, several Warner Bros. officials are open to continuing with the actor after the movie is out.

Despite the legal issues, there remained doubt whether Ezra Miller would continue to play Barry Allen following the standalone film.


Whether it was CEO David Zaslav or Warner Bros. Picture Heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, which officials approved, is unknown.

Ezra Miller’s chance of a long-term position is not guaranteed, regardless of which executive it is.

Gal Gadot is the lone actor still on board when word broke that Henry Cavill will no longer be playing the Man of Steel.

James Gunn has yet to disclose his Wonder Woman movie plans.

Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, might depart soon and might reappear as Lobo.

After the standalone Flash movie, Ezra Miller’s return to the Justice League won’t make sense if the team is going to start over again.

James Gunn or Peter Safran has not yet referenced the executives who support Miller’s comeback.

The new DCU

James Gunn has said that a new DCU is coming, regardless of how well The Flash does at the box office.

It would make sense for DC to adopt an “Elseworlds” strategy for the forthcoming movie and its sequels.

Similar to the Arrowverse, which lives outside the main continuity, the previous DCU, or essentially the Snyderverse, might coexist with the new one.

If the studio is amenable to the idea, the Flash franchise can continue to exist regardless of what the new DCU does.

Aside from the Elseworld films, Ezra Miller’s reputation continues to be a barrier to their DC icon role.

The fact that they underwent mental health treatment and expressed their regrets may not be sufficient for DC Studios to continue working with Miller.


Ezra Miller may continue as The Flash in James Gunn’s new DCU