Flashpoint: What We Learned From The DC FanDome Panel

Happy DC FanDome day everyone! Today we got to see a lot of what WB/DC has in store for the DC Universe going forward with their Flashpoint panel. It all seems exciting and new for this old DC Fan, but I’ve got my hopes up before, and will hold most of my opinions until I leave the theaters. That being said, the one panel I was the most excited for, seemed to have a lot to share in terms of what lies ahead for the DCEU continuity. Let’s recap some of the things we learned, shall we?

Flashpoint Is Important To The DC universe

With all the recent news of DCEU actors returning to their roles, and the latest buzz around the shakeups at DC/WB, I— like many fans— had begun to get the sense that AT&T was getting ready to fix the DCEU continuity post-Zack Snyder. Well, the panel seemed to confirm this, as in they revealed this film would be relevant to the DC Universe going forward.

If there was ever a way to fix any “mistakes” and course-correct their cinematic universe, its with The Flash and Flashpoint. The character is known for effecting the comics in this way before, Flashpoint bringing forth the New 52, for instance. How will it happen, though?

The Cinematic Multiverse Will Be Born Out Of Flashpoint

The panel also revealed that Flashpoint would introduce the cinematic multiverse, which isn’t something new for movie-goers. Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse gave fans a look at how comic-book multiverse work, and I think the MCU will be further delving into this subject with Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness and Wandavision. With all that in mind, DC has the most back-catalog where cinematic adaptions of their characters go for sure. I think it’s an excellent idea, but it could also be a hail-marry considering their already muddled continuity. 

This will allow for “Elseworld Movies” as they’ve been called in the previous panels today. Films like Joker and Matt Reeves’ The Batman will exist on different Earths, while the DCEU will remain intact. But that’s not all…

The Flash’s New Duds

Director Andy Muschietti gave us a sneak peek at Ezra’s new flash suit via some concept art for the film. The new garb is an organic, more comic accurate, and luminescent suit that should please all the fans. If you watched the CW’s multiverse event last year, Ezra’s Flash got to meet Grant Gustin’s Flash and took notice of his suit. Well, it actually looks like that might have translated over to Ezra’s new outfit, as it seems similar to Gustin’s.

The Flash’s New Ally

But what was more surprising was the character standing behind The Flash in the concept art: none other than Keaton’s 1989 Batman. This isn’t very surprising as it was rumored a while ago. Still, I am beyond excited for (what I consider to be) my Batman to join the DCEU. What we have seen today is the type of stuff DC should be doing going forward. Lean hard on their incredible, iconic history, and not be afraid to think outside the box.

With all this news, I cannot wait to see if DC can stick the landing, and restore their cinematic universe to something that rivals the MCU. As a fan of the comics from the nineties and early 2000s, this all looks to be right up my alley. I was not a fan of the darker, more grim DCEU, and was one of the rare people who enjoyed the theatrical cut of Justice League. 

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