The Flash is one of the most iconic DC superheroes out there. There have been several characters who have taken the Scarlet Speedster’s mantle in the comics, and the character is synonymous with the concept of superspeed in pop culture. With an easily recognizable character and with the popularity of superhero movies at their peak, it seems like it’s about to be made The Lightning Movie would be incredibly easy, especially when Ezra Miller was first cast in 2014.
But despite the character being the fastest man alive, The Flash has had a difficult road to the big screen. While the character appeared in justice leaguehis solo film has seen several starts and stops over the years in the film’s production cycle, with a popular TV version of The Lightning Airing on The CW through to premiere and a possible ending before the film even hits the big screen. Both Aquaman and Shazam will have had two solo films before The Flash even gets one. But it seems that the film will finally hit theaters.
How many times has the film been postponed? What were the causes of the various production downtimes? How many creative voices were attached to the film before landing on the current team? Those are all the release dates The Lightning had and why they changed.
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The Flash – March 23, 2018
While trying to make a movie based on The Lightning has existed since the 1990s, only the DCEU started with it man of Steel that production picked up speed. In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced a huge slate of films suicide squad, wonder woman, Aquamantwo justice league movies, Shazam, cyborgand of course The Lightning. Here, star Ezra Miller was announced as a speedster superhero, while the first official release date was announced as March 23, 2018. Interestingly, the film’s announcement came just a week earlier The Lightning Television series on The CW would air, and many wondered if the film’s announcement and eventual release would overshadow the television series.
2015, The Lego Movie Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote a pitch for the bottleh, and while they were thinking about directing, they finally decided to direct Solo: A Star Wars Story (The duo would eventually leave this film mid-shoot). In October 2015, Seth hired Grahame-Smith, who had written the popular books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter and also wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros. dark shadows Film, registered for The Lightning in what would be his directorial debut.
The Flash – March 16, 2018
Two years later The Lightning it was announced that Warner Bros. has pushed the release forward by one week to March 16, 2018. By this time, however, Seth Grahame-Smith had left the project citing creative differences. In June 2016, Rick Famuyiwa (stimulants) signed on to direct, and while on the film, Kiersey Clemons was cast as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Barry Allen’s father, Henry Allen. Both actors would film cameos justice league establishment of the plan flash Movie, however, Clemon’s role was cut from the theatrical release but restored Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
After working on the film for five months and even appearing at DC’s 2016 Comic-Con presentation, Famuyiwa quit directing, citing creative differences with the studio. With the departure of the director, negative reactions increase Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and suicide squad this year, the fact that star Ezra Miller was set to begin filming Fantastic Beast: The Crimes Of Grindlewald, and that they would not find a director to meet their original release date, Warner Bros. decided to do a page one rewrite of the script.
They hired Joby Harold, who wrote the screenplay for the then-upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword for the studio. Warner Bros. gave March 16, 2018 as the date Grave robbers reboot. It was like that from that point on The Lightning was officially pulled from the schedule and would remain in development and not set a release date for three years.
The Flash – July 1, 2022
In 2017, Warner Bros. began looking at a number of different directors, including Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class), Sam Raimi (Spiderman), Marc Webb (The Incredible Spiderman) and Jordan Peele (Go out). At this point, the film was set to be developed as a Flashpoint film based on the popular 2011 comic book series in which Barry Allen rewrote the entire timeline, eventually leading to a reboot of the DC Comics universe with The New 52 film would be the attempt from Warner Brothers to restart the DCEU.
In 2018, filmmaking duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein signed on to direct The Lightning hot on the heels of her hit comedy game night. While originally slated to film in 2019, filming was delayed due to Miller’s commitments Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore (which itself experienced a delay in production). Miller clashed with the directing duo over the film’s tone, as Miller wanted a darker and more serious approach to the character, while Daley and Goldstein preferred a more comedic approach.
Miller teamed up with legendary comics writer Grant Morrison to create a pitch for Warner Bros. The studio turned down the pitch, and although it was originally offered that Miller could leave the film if Warner Bros. turned down the pitch, the studio asked that they stay on the project. Shortly thereafter, Daley and Goldstein left the film in July 2018 after even more creative differences. After this restructuring, Christina Hodgson, who had written the screenplay for birds of prey at Warner Bros., was assigned to work on the screenplay.
In July 2019, Andy Muschietti signed on to direct the film, becoming the fourth official director on the project. pussyettis It chapter one was a box office hit for Warner Bros. and It chapter two was still a few months away, so the choice seemed a perfect fit. Shortly after Mussetti signed the film, Warner Bros. set a July 1, 2022 release date. That was the first date The Lightning was on the Warner Bros. schedule for three years and was the first DC superhero film to target the Fourth of July weekend since Superman returns in 2006.
The Flash – June 3, 2022
After a series of creative delays The Lightning things finally seemed to be moving forward as more casting announcements were made. However, this time would be the next wave of delays due to COVID-19. In April 2020, just a month after lockdowns in many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. announced a number of changes to their schedule, one of which was affected The Lightning, But instead of pushing the film back, Warner Bros. rescheduled the film from July 1, 2022 to June 3, 2022. No reason was given for the change.
At this point, Ray Fisher played the role of Cyborg in justice leaguewas cut from the film by Warner Bros. because Fisher spoke about the company’s attempt to cover up investigations into Joss Whedon’s abusive behavior in the reshoots of justice leaguewith Fisher claiming he would not work for Warner Bros. as long as Walter Hamada remained in charge of DC films.
Warner Bros. was eventually delayed The Lightning again from June 3, 2022 to November 4, 2022. This release date change caused a massive knock-on effect for several films. The release date was originally set for November 4, 2022 Shazam! wrath of the gods which was then postponed to June 2023 and finally December 2022. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. listed the release date as June 3, 2022 elviswhich they would then postpone to occupy the remaining June 24, 2022 release date Transformers: Rise of the Beasts‘ delay.
The Flash – November 4, 2022
Warner Bros. has moved The Lightning to November 4, 2022 due to further pandemic delays, as The Batman was pushed back from October 2021 to March 2022, causing a domino effect for many DC films. Warner Bros. held The Lightning on November 4, 2022 for a long time, even if the film had competition from both Captain Marvel Consequence The wonders the following week, which was eventually delayed only to be replaced on schedule Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
However, the date would not last, as in March 2022, shortly thereafter The Batman had opened in cinemas. Warner Bros. announced a number of delays to their various DC films. DC’s League of Super Pets moved to Black Adam‘s original release date of June 29, 2022, which was then set Black Adam on October 21, 2022, just two weeks before The Lightningthe planned release date. Warner Bros. then moved The Lightning back to June 23, 2023. The reason for the delays is given Black Adam, The Lightning, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was due to an increase in VFX work on all films due to a shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lightning 2,500 visual effects were reportedly shot and the studio needed more time to work on them.
The Flash – June 23, 2023
As of this writing, Warner Bros. is still sticking to the June 23, 2023 release date The Lightning. No word on whether the studio has plans to postpone it, as the film’s lead has been featured in a string of headlines about domestic violence and possible kidnapping. It appears Warner Bros. has no plans to recast Miller, but after over a year the studio still has plenty of time to work out how they’ll handle the troubling headlines.
The LightningThe June 23 release date means the film opens exactly 34 years after Michael Keaton’s date Batman opened in theaters in 1989 and gave the actor a fitting return as the Crusader in the film. If the reports are correct, the upcoming ninth season of The Lightning on The CW will be his last, meaning the series premiered when the film was first announced and will end just before the film finally hits screens, showing the very long development process it has taken Has The Lightning. It will also arrive a week after the tenth anniversary of the release of man of Steeland the birth of the DCEU. The Lightning It’s rumored to be a soft reboot, so the release ten years after the franchise’s launch seems like an opportune time to start a new chapter if it can ever make it to the big screen.