The Flash feature film’s failure to launch is legendary. And now, it will be benched until 2021.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures has once again put the film on hold. This time, the issue stems from script rewrites and the availability of star Ezra Miller. The actor is due on the set of the third Fantastic Beasts film in July and the studio assumes the new script will not be ready in time to accommodate both productions. The Flash was set to begin shooting in March.
Of course, considering all the troubles this project as been through, we can’t help by wonder if directors John Francis Daley and Joshua Goldstein are getting ready to run from the film like directors Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa before them. Indeed, the script has always been at the heart of the problem with The Flash as director and studio always see the film as very different things. Following Famuyiwa’s departure, the film was known as Flashpoint and reportedly featured an opportunity to recast the Batman should Ben Affleck finally walk away from the cape and cowl. The Daley/Goldstein version is said to feature a Back to the Future style plot; which may indicate some of the Flashpoint story remained.
On the original release calendar Warner Bros. produced ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash was due for release this year, but the constant delays have proved to be the greatest enemy for the fastest man alive.
The Flash is currently scheduled for release in 2021.