‘The Flash’ to Take Inspiration from ‘Back to the Future’

The Flash will not be an adaptation of Flashpoint as was reported in the middle of 2017… But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t expect time-travel shenanigans in the project.


The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest exposé on the state of DC Films has revealed that Back to the Future is being cited as an influence on the film. Filming is expected to begin in early 2019 for a release date in 2020, and Ezra Miller will reprise his role as the Scarlet Speedster from Justice League, and Kiersey Clemons has confirmed that she’ll still be playing Iris West.


Originally, the film was meant to tackle darker themes as the Flashpoint story arc did, but that idea was ditched and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein became the key writers and directors of the project. The duo dipped their toes into writing for superheroes with last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and recently directed the widely-praised dark comedy/action thriller Game Night.


As it stands, making the move from Flashpoint back to The Flash is probably the best decision that they could have made on this project. Both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League were hit with criticism for trying to “rush” things in the setting, and it seems that DC Films would be best-suited to taking a step back and allowing their setting to breathe. Even if Justice League underperformed, it at least laid the groundwork for a number of characters, which takes some pressure off of Daley, Goldstein, and Miller.


The Flash is in development at DC Films for a 2020 release date.