Once again, fans of The Flash will have to wait a little longer for a solo film.
Per a report from Variety, Warner Bros. is pushing back the production date of their big-screen take on The Flash. The film never had a set release date, nor was it formally greenlit by the studio, but it was widely assumed that it would start filming sometime in March. But that apparently isn't happening now.
Part of the issue can be chalked up to star Ezra Miller's other commitments. The actor, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in last year's Justice League, as well as cameos in Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, will be filming the third Fantastic Beasts movie starting in July. So, the studio pushed back the theoretical start date to early 2019, which would put its theatrical debut sometime around 2021.
The other reported issue is that the script is still being reworked, and Warner Bros. is reluctant to move forward until all the pages are in place. It's not clear if the movie will still be based on writer Geoff Johns' Flashpoint storyline, as originally planned.
Unlike the Scarlet Speedster himself, it's been a long, slow process getting The Flash movie off the ground. First, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were attached as writers, who then passed off directing duties to Seth Grahame-Smith. He then left over creative differences, as did his successor, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who was briefly attached.
Now, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming are helming the project.
Pushing a film's release date back isn't unusual, but DC's had considerable trouble with their overall franchise. The Flash movie was depending quite a bit on the success of Justice League, which underwhelmed at the box office. Since then, both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck may have walked away from the characters of Superman and Batman, respectively (though neither has done so officially).
In the meantime, Warner Bros. is expecting big things from James Wan's epic take on Aquaman, which is due out in December. There's also Wonder Woman 1984, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the studio's only real critical (and commercial) success, as well as Shazam! and Joaquin Phoenix's standalone Joker movie.
Last but not least, there's Suicide Squad 2, which despite being in development limbo, just got a creative shot in the arm thanks to ousted Marvel director James Gunn providing a "fresh take" on the project.