DC’s long-gestating The Flash solo film has had its production delayed and is now looking at a 2021 release at the earliest.

Variety reports that filming, which was expected to begin in March, is now expected to begin in late 2019. According to sources, the script is still being hammered out and Warner Bros. doesn’t think there will be enough time to get it finished before the original start date.

The delay may cause a potential scheduling conflict for star Ezra Miller, who has a key supporting role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The third film begins shooting in July, which could run up against The Flash depending on when the latter starts shooting and how much time Miller needs to be on the Fantastic Beasts set for.

This is the first news we’ve had about the still-untitled Flash movie in quite some time. Last January, Warner Bros. hired Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct, replacing Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), who exited the production in 2016 over creative differences.

With the commercial and critical disappointment of Justice League still lingering, Warner Bros. has spent much of this year reshuffling its DC movie plans. Many fans of The Flash are speculating that the upcoming solo film could be an adaptation of the popular “Flashpoint” storyline, which would offer WB an opportunity to reset the timeline of its entire cinematic universe and hit the reset button, so to speak. That said, the studio still has an impressive lineup of films coming up in the short term, with Aquaman releasing this December and a Wonder Woman sequel next year.

Source: Variety

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