One of the most mysterious projects in the DCEU for years has been Warner Bros.' upcoming The Flash movie, which is now set for release in 2022. The film has been in development since at least 2014 with numerous directors filling and subsequently leaving the project, but it is now finally in the early stages of pre-production even though things are currently shut down due to the pandemic.
One of the biggest plot lines rumored for the upcoming solo film is the Flashpoint storyline from the comics, including multiple parallel dimensions and possibly time travel. A new cast listing has given more credence to this theory with potential talks starting to bring one of the DCEU’s biggest names back for more action.
In a new report from The Cinema Spot, The Flash producers are trying to cast the Thomas Wayne Flashpoint version of Batman. Their sources reveal that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is circling the role although formal conversations have not yet begun; Morgan played Thomas Wayne in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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This would be an excellent fit for Morgan considering his history playing Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead. He also has a history with DC projects already after his role in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen along with his role in the aforementioned DCEU crossover epic.
Should this casting come to fruition, it would mean a monumental shift coming for the DCEU in the upcoming Barry Allen solo movie, almost guaranteeing that The Flash will look to adopt the Flashpoint plot from the comics. In that series of events, the Crime Alley incident kills a young Bruce Wayne instead of his parents, causing his mother Martha to break and Thomas to become a gun-wielding version of Batman. This combined with the recent rumors of Cyborg's involvement in the movie should have fans more excited than ever for the film's release after nearly a decade of waiting.
The Flash is still in pre-production and waiting to begin production after restrictions from the pandemic are lifted. The film is set to make its theatrical debut on June 2, 2022.