The Flash's solo big screen adventure had had a tough time. The film was announced back in 2014, but the project met speed bump after speed bump. It lost two directors and went through considerable script revisions. Eventually, the movie was scrapped, but Warner Bros. surprised us at San Diego Comic-Con with the announcement of Flashpoint, a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel that kicked off DC's The New 52.
Fans have understandably been quite curious to see how Flashpoint is adapted for the DCEU. Given how the #comicbook features a vast array of characters like Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman and Shazam, we've been wondering whether the film would embrace the large scale of its source material.
There are very few details available regarding the DCEU story because ... well, the film doesn't even have a release date yet. But fortunately for us curious minds out there, we finally have a hint of how big the film is probably going to be. As it turns out, one of the pivotal heroes from the comic book is onboard for the project.
Barry Allen, Get Ready To Battle Diana Prince
Deadline released a report about #GalGadot being in talks to star in Bradley Cooper's next film, Deeper, which centers around an astronaut who goes through an intense psychological journey while trying to reach the bottom of an oceanic trench. In the article, Deadline discussed Gadot's increasing popularity, and used her upcoming projects with #DC as examples.
Sending many of us nerds into a frenzy, one of the films revealed to feature the Amazon warrior was none other than Flashpoint:
"Gadot is riding high after starring in 'Wonder Woman.' She will reprise in the Patty Jenkins-directed sequel and DC spinoffs including the 'Justice League' films and the spinoff for The Flash."
That news is exciting enough, but what makes it even better is the fact that this is actually the second time that Gadot's Diana has been mentioned to be in Flashpoint.
Back in August, Forbes confirmed that #WonderWoman would make her presence felt in Flash's universe-altering extravaganza, stating: "Gadot is also expected to reprise her role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming production of 'Flashpoint,' which will be Flash's solo movie but is also more of another superhero team-up featuring several additional DC superheroes."
Will Warner Bros. Go All Out And Make Wonder Woman One Of The Movie's Main Villains?
Wonder Woman's role in the Flashpoint comics isn't a light one. After having an affair with Arthur Curry, Diana killed #Aquaman's wife (granted, after Mera attacked her) and kicked off a brutal war between Themyscira and Atlantis. This conflict killed thousands of innocent bystanders, and it began to take over the world as each faction did the best they could to dominate the opposing side.
Before counting off Diana as a misunderstood player in that massive war, she was actually a ruthless leader who murdered anyone who stood in her path. She even pierced Billy Batson through the heart with her sword after the boy had turned back from being Shazam.
That's what's making me curious about Warner Bros.'s use of Wonder Woman in Flashpoint. Following three consecutive DCEU critical duds, Wonder Woman stepped in to save the cinematic universe. Everyone loved the movie, and one of the main factors was #DianaPrince as a character. She was kind, noble, strong and fierce. Her success with moviegoing audiences was such, that she's sorta become the face of DC's franchise. With that in mind, will the studio be willing to paint her as a full-fledged villain, even if it's an alternate timeline?
Comic book fans may understand that Diana isn't a coldhearted killer, but the average audience member may not be the same. There's a large amount of people who get truly involved with the characters, and there's the risk of them thinking about Wonder Woman as a baddie as opposed to a hero for subsequent #DCEU installments thanks to her roe in Flashpoint. Could that risk motivate Warner Bros. to paint her in a more heroic light than in the Flashpoint comics and cartoon adaptation?
It's a possibility, but with so little information on the project available, there's no way to know what will be happening. Either way, I'm really excited to know that Wonder Woman will be part of the movie, and I'm still crossing my fingers to see her as a villain. There's great potential in that, and I have no doubt that Gal Gadot could play an imposing and intimidating baddie.
Flashpoint doesn't have a release date, but we'll get to watch the Flash and Wonder Woman together in Justice League, when it hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
How do you feel about Wonder Woman appearing in Flashpoint? Let me know in the comments!