The Flash has added Scottish plaid to its red streak for the completion of principal photography.
The Flash Hits The Highlands For The Next Shoot
The first solo film for Ezra Miller’s Scarlet Speedster has relocated to the highlands of Scotland for the next phase of filming. Presumably Glasgow or Edinburgh for exterior shots, it will be the latest DC film to choose a Scottish area for shooting after Matt Reeves’s The Batman. Given that Michael Keaton is indeed in the film as the 1989 Batman, the project has also returned to the London location that doubled for Wayne Manor in Tim Burton’s film for exteriors.
Directed by Andy Muschietti and loosely based on Geoff Johns’s Flashpoint, the film will see The Flash travel back in time to prevent his mother’s murder and inadvertently alter the timeline in unexpected ways. Time-altering shenanigans will therefore allow for the presence of both Ben Affleck’s Batman and Michael Keaton’s. After a lot of will-he-or-won’t-he articles for months, Keaton finally confirmed. This was validated by on-set photos of the aforementioned ’80s Wayne Manor exterior shoot. A recent photo released also showed Keaton’s Bat symbol stained with a splash of blood.
The film is also meant to be DC movie fans’ introduction to the DC Multiverse. However, Miller had technically already done so with his cameo in the 2019/2020 CW crossover event adaptation of Crisis On Infinite Earths. His Barry Allen met Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in The Speed Force and was oblivious to The Crisis, in which every reality was destroyed at that point by The Anti-Monitor’s antimatter wave. The very fact that Miller’s Flash was still alive and oblivious to the event could mean that he traveled forward from the last point we saw him in the much-maligned Joss Whedon’s Justice League.
On that note, it is not confirmed whether The Flash will springboard from the Whedon cut or Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Still, Kiersey Clemons, who portrayed Iris West in the Snyder Cut, will indeed appear. Debuting in this film will be The Young And The Restless actress Sasha Calle as Supergirl.
As to why Scotland, it could be alluding to the epic battle between the Amazons and the Atlanteans, the original global threat in the miniseries. And yet, neither Gal Gadot or Jason Mamoa have been confirmed to be in this film, so it’s left to speculation at this point. Ray Fisher, who portrayed Cyborg – a character with a prominent role in the original miniseries – is not a part of the project and has bowed out of any involvement in a DC film under the current regime after his mistreatment.
Further, it is not yet known at this point if the film will be a reboot of the DCEU, just as Flashpoint had been a lead-in to The New 52 line of books that rebooted DC’s line from ground zero with mixed results. The only faithful adaptation of Johns’s story has been the animated hit 2013 DTV film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. That film began a 16 film shared universe of films, ending with Justice League Dark: Apokalips War.
If anything, the shared animated universe demonstrates that the same formula could work for the live-action variant if Muschietti and WarnerMedia intends to implement it. To date, only Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984, Aquaman, and the Shazam franchise share the same continuity established by Zack Snyder’s 2013’s Man of Steel. If The Flash is a mild reboot of the shared universe, then The Fastest Man Alive’s adventure through time could save the floundering division of DC films.
The Flash is expected to zoom into theaters November 4, 2022.
Source: Daily Record