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As you may have heard last night, Warner Bros. has officially delayed DC Films’ The Flash. The film never had a firm release date, but it has been bounced around over the last few years. Original helmer Seth Grahame-Smith was let go a month after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to much handwringing. He was replaced by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) who left the project on Halloween night in 2016. He, in turn, was replaced by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein just before their acclaimed Game Night opened this past February. Ezra Miller is still attached, although it is the Fantastic Beasts 3 shooting schedule (spoiler: Credence Barebone presumably survives Crimes of Grindelwald) that’s causing the delay.
Since the Wizarding World of JK Rowling franchise is a trusted and reliable brand while DC Films is not, that’s the smart play. This delay is both irrelevant and a little poetic. Yesterday marked four years since Warner Bros. held the shareholder meeting during which they announced the slate for what would become DC Films. And it was on that day that Ezra Miller was announced as the big-screen incarnation of The Flash, literally a week after the CW’s TV show variation (starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen) premiered. Four years later, and we are no closer to a Flash solo movie while the DC Films franchise is almost as theoretical as it was in late 2014.