‘The Flash’ Will Reset the DC Universe; ‘Blue Beetle’, ‘Aquaman 2’ First Films Set in New Timeline

The DC Extended Universe as we know it is ending with the upcoming superhero film, The Flash.

Per Collider, DC Studios co-CEO and co-chair James Gunn has confirmed that The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster, will reset the somewhat messy DCEU and transform it into the DC Universe. Here’s the quote:

“So, how can we take these things together and make them make sense and have them unified and have it one real universe?…I think that we’ve gotten lucky with the next four movies, frankly, because we have Shazam, which leads into Flash, which resets everything which then goes into Blue Beetle, which is totally disconnected…But the one thing that we can promise is that everything from…our first project forward, will be canon, and will be connected. We’re using some actors from the past, we’re not using other actors from the past. But everything from that moment forward will be connected and consistent.”

Okay, let’s unpack that quote. So The Flash, which we have known for a while would deal with multiple times and be a loose adaptation of the DC Comics storyline Flashpoint, has now been made the official starting point of Gunn’s DCU. Did reshoots occur? “We had input on it for sure, but there’s nothing we had to do in order to set up our universe,” DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO Peter Safran told DC.com.

Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will now serve as the first titles release as part of the DCU, although Chapter One of Gunn’s 10-year-plan doesn’t officially kick off until the release of Creature Commandos, Waller, and Superman: Legacy in 2025.

The Flash is currently scheduled to open in theaters on June 23, 2023.

Are you excited to see how The Flash resets the DCU timeline?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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