After much speculation, Warner Bros. (WB) put out an official word, indicating that the decision resulted from a change in leadership at the studio, with the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) re-strategizing to focus only on projects with a blockbuster appeal. Later, WBD CEO David Zaslav defended Batgirl's cancellation, indicating that they would not release any movie until there is full confidence in its performance. WBD's strategy worried fans, who voiced apprehensions other DCEU projects, such as The Flash, could face the same fate as Batgirl. The once eagerly anticipated Scarlet Speedster movie has lately found itself mired in controversy, as star Ezra Miller has been arrested multiple times this year for disorderly conduct and assault, and even faces grooming accusations. The Flash's future has been a matter of speculation as the situation has developed, and many fans wondered if the Batgirl decision was a sign of a future announcement to come.
However, a new report by THR notes that, despite the conflict with Miller, The Flash is not in danger of being shelved. In fact, at an earnings call with investors, Zaslav says he is excited about the film, along with Black Adam and Shazam: Fury of The Gods. However, he is considering sprucing up some elements to make The Flash an even bigger cinematic event. Read what the CEO says below:
We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them [The Flash, Black Adam, and Aquaman 2]. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.
While The Flash appears safe from ending up on the chopping block, Miller's DCEU future remains in jeopardy. Even before their controversies, Miller's portrayal of Barry Allen was quite divisive, and the recent accusations have only aggravated calls for the role to be recast. Recently, a campaign was launched demanding Miller to be replaced by Elliot Page in The Flash, with Dylan O'Brien and Grant Gustin being other popular fancasts. Right now, it's unclear what the regime change at WBD would entail for the movie, but considering that Zaslav wants to improve the film, The Flash could be potentially delayed.
Even if WBD releases The Flash without any significant changes in 2023, it's likely the studio announces a major change for the franchise after the premiere, whether that means recasting Barry Allen or leveraging the Multiverse to introduce a different version of the character. The Flash was initially primed to spawn a new franchise, with Calle's Supergirl getting her own movie, but recent reports suggest that those plans have been curtailed. The new management claims to have a proper 10-year plan for the DC Extended Universe, but with a dearth of specifics, it's hard to predict what it holds for the franchise's established heroes and villains. Nevertheless, fans should be on the lookout, as announcements about a constructive plan and new leadership for the DCEU are seemingly on their way.