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Could The Flash speed into a sequel even as the DCU is being rebooted onscreen?

"There’s an architecture in DC that is brewing," says director Andy Muschietti

The Flash
Image credit: Warner Bros. Studios

We know that the cinematic DC Universe is about to be rebooted as part of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s big DC Studios plans, but does that mean that there’s no chance for a sequel to Andy Muschietti’s The Flash? The director believes that the very structure of the movie gives space for the character to return in the new DCU.

“We didn’t talk about it. I think that we’re all waiting to see how this movie does,” Muschietti told Vanity Fair about the prospect of a follow-up to the Ezra Miller vehicle that opened above box office expectations Thursday.

“Of course, there’s excitement about continuing the story, especially if this movie is successful,” he continued. “There’s an architecture in DC that is brewing, and it’s being created, and the question is, will this new architecture absorb this story? The good thing about the multiverse is that it is possible. The multiverse allows all of these different worlds to coexist and interact. And so, hopefully yes. We don’t know yet. That’s the truth.”

Spoilers for The Flash in this paragraph - feel free to skip ahead if you haven't seen the movie yet: One way to bring Ezra Miller's Flash back for a second solo movie is, in fact, signposted by the end of the movie. Namely, Barry Allen is seemingly lost in the Multiverse after changing his own past... so, in theory, he could reappear in any DC Universe moving forward as he tries to find his way home, making the character available for any future DC movie, inside or outside of the new DCU canon.

It’s possible that any potential Flash movie would either be delayed or have to find itself a new director; Muschietti and producing partner Barbara Muschietti have signed a first-look deal with both Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television Group/Max, with Andy Muschietti also signing on to direct Batman: The Brave and the Bold for DC Studios.

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Read Popverse’s review of The Flash right here.

Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan: Popverse Editor Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.


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