Warner Bros. is preparing for a massive new slate of projects within the DC Extended Universe, many with major crossover potential down the road. This will start at the end of 2022 with Black Adam and Shazam!: Fury of the Gods before the really wild events in 2023's The Flash change everything. The Multiverse will be explored, and multiple worlds will converge upon each other.
Thus far, the biggest crossover event in the DCEU came with 2017's Justice League, although that's an event that most fans would much rather forget after it turned into a disaster. Now, Warner Bros. is looking to bring something that fans will love and appreciate in Ezra Miller's first solo movie, which the studio is hoping will set the franchise on the right path.
This solo outing is already confirmed to bring in Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batman alongside Sasha Calle's Supergirl, with speculation swirling that the film will restart the entire DCEU as well. On top of that, a new rumor is hinting at another major event that could come to fruition by the time the film's credits roll.
DC Leak Hints at Crisis Event
Warning: The rest of this article contains potential spoilers for The Flash movie.
KC Walsh of Geeks WorldWide shared one of his old leaks on Twitter hinting that Warner Bros. is planning a Crisis on Infinite Earths event for the DC Extended Universe.
"So DC/WBs plan is to build a Crisis on Infinite Earths Event if that wasn’t obvious already"
Walsh shared that Ben Affleck is still intent on finishing his time with the DCEU in The Flash, but that he may leave the door open to return for a Crisis-style event.
"Batfleck is still very much done with DCEU, but leaving the door open for him to come back during a crisis event if he wants makes sense, but I’ll take the L"
While Crisis supposedly isn't a part of The Flash, the movie sets up a possible Crisis event at the very end with a scene featuring Affleck's Batman:
"[The Flash] sets up [a Crisis on Infinite Earths-inspired event] at the end. This is the Batfleck scene that people are referencing, it sets up Crisis"
Walsh doesn't spoil the scene, but he did hint that it will involve the Caped Crusader:
"I’m not going to spoil it but it involves Batman"
The scooper made it clear that the days of direct Zack Snyder sequels are done, although he thinks Warner Bros. will market The Flash so that fans think the opposite:
"You're never getting direct Snyder sequels, [Warner Bros.] are going to make you think you are so you all continue to buy in, like you're doing with The Flash and then they will bring everyone back for a crisis event and call it a win"
Walsh clearly indicated that this event movie is in early development and is "maybe" 3-5 years away from its release.
Major Crossover Changing DCEU Landscape?
Comic book movies as a whole are about to take some drastic steps toward changing the universes that are coming to the big screen. Marvel Studios has Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and DC looks to have that same effect with 2023's The Flash, both of which will break their respective Multiverses to push their stories forward.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths event is one that came to fruition on TV thanks to multiple shows from the Arrowverse merging together into one massive storyline. While it's unlikely that the DCEU version will be similar in terms of story beats, the impact that Crisis has on the theatrical side will likely be just as monumental, if not more so.
With The Flash still more than a year away from releasing in theaters, there likely won't be any confirmed story details or changes to the franchise revealed in the foreseeable future. Even so, considering all that's been said about the Scarlet Speedster's first big screen outing, this story could steal Black Adam's mission of changing the hierarchy of the DCEU.
The Flash will debut in theaters on June 23, 2023.