The DC Extended Universe’s upcoming solo movie for the Flash seems to have changed its title… again! (It still has its latest directors, though.)
In a recent story by The Hollywood Reporter talking about Dan Mazeau (who will also be adapting the novel Armada by the author of Ready Player One), it mentions rather offhandedly that he “worked on the Warner Bros.’ Flash movie project when it was titled Flashpoint.” Readers naturally were confused by that, because the Flash solo movie is still set to be called Flashpoint as far as any fans have heard.
Mazeau responded to fan confusion on Twitter, in a way that only whetted interest: “I didn’t say they weren’t adapting Flashpoint. All I said was that it wouldn’t be titled Flashpoint. But maybe I’ve said too much,” he said, with a playful emoji added on.
The Flashpoint title was announced last year, after the movie had already been through two different directors (Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa) and a script rewrite. It recently signed up the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct, but will apparently be changing titles again? (And maybe a script? Who can say.)
It is unknown what the new title could be, except for the obvious possibility of just changing it back to (The) Flash. Admittedly, this fits better with the other DCEU titles so far: Flashpoint is the name of a comic book storyline, while previous entries into the franchise have been named after the main character or team. (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being a semi-exception for that subtitle.)
The comic book Flashpoint sees the Flash—aka Barry Allen, played in the DCEU by Ezra Miller—go back in time to try to prevent the death of his mother, who was murdered when he was a child; he succeeds, but winds up breaking the timeline, creating a dystopian reality where, among other things, Bruce Wayne is dead and Aquaman’s Atlanteans and Wonder Woman’s Amazons are engulfed in a world war.
The movie was originally supposed to be released in March 2018, but has yet to begin production. Current rumors say that it may begin soon, however, with a possible release date after Wonder Woman 2 (which will be out in late 2019).