Flashpoint Paradox: The Savior of DC Films


As most of you are aware, Comic Book Movies are a little popular. Just a wee bit. So now, with studios taking a crack at every character under the sun (Did you ever think we'd see a Shazam movie?), we're being treated to one of the better characters not to have gotten a fair shot in film, The Flash. Not many details are known about the film outside of Ezra Miller playing The Flash, Chris Miller and Phil Lord will be scripting but most importantly, it's the first solo film after The Justice League.

As fellow WIGS writer, Game_Brains said here, I also believe that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will not be the success the studios are hoping for. Even talking to others, I find it difficult finding someone that is genuinely looking forward to the movie. The trailer brought up little to no excitement and left us something dark and gritty, in a time where dark and gritty for the sake of it, isn't as appealing as it once was. This isn't us being pessimistic or having unwarranted worries, it's simply reading the writing on the wall. I have no doubt that this version of BvS would have been very popular a decade ago but the times are changing, and I think Warner Bros. is going to do some major shuffling once BvS brings in lower than expected numbers.

See, there's a lot of responsibility in being the first film back because if Justice League is a big hit (which it can still be, given that it won't be parading around just as a Batman and Superman film and can fully embrace the ensemble), people will be clamoring for everything in that universe. But if it doesn't? Then The Flash has to be good enough to bring those disinterested viewers back. Barry Allen is strong enough of a character but Ezra Miller doesn't seem to be anyone's ideal choice for the role. That already makes it a bit of an uphill battle. I think that the only solution is for the film's plot to revolve around the popular 'Flashpoint Paradox' storyline.


Spoilers for Flashpoint Paradox
See, Flashpoint Paradox (based on the series "Flashpoint" by Geoff Johns) revolves around Barry Allen awakening without any powers. The world around him is different from what he remembers: he's no longer married to Iris West, the Justice League doesn't exist, and Barry's mother is alive. What follows is absolute insanity. Wonder Woman and Aqua Man are leading a WWII level assault on the Earth, Batman is Thomas Wayne instead of Bruce, and Barry recreates the experiment that gave him his powers, to disastrous results. Eventually it is revealed that Barry went back in time to save his mother and had a ripple effect, landing them in this crazy alternate timeline. So in order to get things to go back to normal, Barry must stop his past self, therefore ensuring his mother's death. 

Does that not sound badass? And here's the best part about using a story that has alternate timelines: they can fix their mistakes. See, the big thing with Barry going back in time and changing things back, is that not everything has to be the exact same. There's a litany of changes that can be made that make sense, story-wise. An actor not working out in the role? Got a Robert Downey Jr. level contract dispute? Is there a character you've already introduced that fans reacted negatively to? Guess what, it can be changed.

With the many troubles that plague a film production in today's world, cutting down on that would seem to be priority one. So in the world of comics, where multi-verses and alternate timelines exist, why not involve them to make production decisions reflect in the creative world. If an actor needs to be recast, don't just do it without any explanation. Establish it as an alternate timeline. I'm in no way saying this is the perfect solution, but it's different, which is what DC seems to be pushing in an effort to distance itself from the "Marvel Cinematic Universe."


Don't want to change anything? Is everything absolutely perfect and no one has any problem with the direction of the DC Universe? Then take this as an opportunity to provide something different because that's what this story is all about: showing you things you've never seen before. What if Thomas Wayne survived that night in the alley instead of Bruce and became a Batman who murders people? What if Aqua Man and Wonder Woman were bad guys and instead of protecting the Earth, were seeking to destroy it? Most importantly, want to see superhero deaths that would shock the world? These are things we'd never see otherwise, so why not include them and show a different side. God knows Aqua Man needs all the help he can get in becoming a total bad-ass. I'm sorry but this Abercrombie and Fitch ad just doesn't cut it.

Also, this continues with DC's current obsession with having these character's already established in the world, prior to our meeting them for the first time. Everyone's least favorite parts of a superhero film are the "start at the beginning" origin stories so why not cut that out completely and pepper in details after the fact? Pop culture has provided a base understanding of what the character of the Flash is: He's dressed in red and can run super fast. That's really all that you need to know. Everything else that makes The Flash who he is fundamentally, gets explained in the duration of his solo film: impact of his mother's death, the Reverse Flash being his ultimate nemesis, the existence of alternate timelines (a staple of comic's nowadays), and Barry's love for Iris. We are all sick of run-of-the-mill origin stories, especially for characters we already know so why not take this opportunity to do something different?

Even looking at the scenario of Batman v Superman/Justice League performing well, this can just be viewed as an opportunity to change things up and see what sticks. Maybe in that event, they can stick this in a Flash sequel rather than the first film, and give the rest of the DCU (Ugh, is that even a term? I don't want it to be) some time to breathe. Either way, of all the DC characters that haven't gotten their chance on screen, The Flash is the most intriguing and with a popular TV show providing an excess of plotlines that could step on the film's toes, I say why not try something vastly different. Why not give us Flashpoint?
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