Theory Update: Due to the ever changing DC movie canon and move line up, this theory has been proven wrong! The Flash movie may no longer be called “Flashpoint” and Superman never turned full evil. Although in my opinion, the Justice League movie would have been better off if a Darkseid controlled Superman was the villain and the rest of the league proved that they can not only function without Superman, but actually defeat him if need be.
SDCC has unveiled the current roster of upcoming movies planned for the DCEU. Confirmed in the movie lineup is the solo flash movie entitled Flashpoint. If you would like to know some of the finer points of the Flashpoint event from the comics you can check it out here. As a quick summary, Flashpoint occurred when Barry Allen, the Flash, traveled back in time to prevent his mother from being killed and in the process causes a chain reaction that changes the DC universe into a hopeless worn torn wasteland. Eventually Barry resets the timeline back to almost-normal and causes the New 52 reboot.
I propose that this current dark universe where things are slightly offset from how they should be, is really the changed universe after Flash has changed the timeline. This would mean that certain events in the current DCEU would come to head only to be rebooted and put right in the upcoming Flashpoint movie.
The apocalyptic world that is created by the Flash has several major elements that I am going to address in this theory. I believe that some version of these elements can be identified in the DCEU as we currently know it. Batman is a killer who is really Thomas Wayne, there is no Green Lantern, Superman is trapped in a government facility, and the world is being torn apart by a war between the Atlanteans and the Amazons.
Before I get into that I would like to bring up the odd Flash scene from Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice. In the movie we see Flash travel through time to speak to Bruce in which he says, “Bruce! Listen to me right now! It’s Lois! Lois Lane! She’s the key! Am I too soon!? I’m too soon! You were right about him! You were always right about him! Fear him! Fear him and find us. You have to come find us, Bruce!” We learn a couple of things from this scene. First, the Flash is already playing with the timeline and as far as we can tell, things have gone horribly wrong. Also, whatever has gone wrong involves Superman in some way and Lois Lane is the “key” to the whole issue.
While it is still unclear how Lois Lane could play into the scenario, we do know that Superman is out of the picture (for now) just like in Flashpoint. It seems very clear to me that the Flash is warning Bruce about Superman saying that “You were always right about him! Fear him!” In BvS, Bruce considered the Superman, a being with godlike powers, to be a threat to humanity, even if his intentions are good. If anyone figured out a way to manipulate Superman to their own ends, then he is a risk to our world. Right now, Clark is dead but we know he will be coming back. In fact, this doesn’t seem like much of a mystery and a total waste of a superhero sacrifice, unless it is a set up to something much larger. What if Darkseid sees an opportunity to resurrect Superman but under his control? I also submit to you that at the end of the Justice League trailer, Alfred is definitely talking to some version of Superman, but you can also hear some strange mechanical sound effects in the background, possibly a Boom Tube!
So what would this mean for the DCEU as a whole? If Superman returns as an agent of Darkseid, this would mean all out war between the heroes of Earth and Apocalypse. The kind of war that could devastate the world forcing the Flash to go back in time in an attempt to reset the timeline. In the comic book version of Flashpoint, the world-ending war is between the Atlanteans and the Amazons. This war is caused by an affair between Aquaman and Wonder Woman which prompts Mera, Aquaman’s wife, to try to kill Diana. Diana ends up killing Mera, which then leads to Aquaman declaring all out war, devastating the world in the process.
I don’t believe that the current DCEU has set up Wonder Woman to be this kind of a character for the franchise. I believe that DC will be using the upcoming Darkseid/Earth war instead. Why do I say there is an impending war between Earth and Darkseid? Well, we have already seen this exact scenario take place in Batfleck’s dream in BvS. This was not a dream of an alternate reality, it was actually a premonition of the future of the current DCEU world! Darkseid takes advantage of his new Kryptonian super-soldier and the fact that there are no Green Lanterns on Earth to take over the planet. We actually have confirmation of this in the new Justice League trailer as well! Steppenwolf where he states that there is no Kryptonian and no lantern protecting the Earth. This leads to Batman’s dream of an apocalyptic wasteland where he becomes an older, desperate, fire-arm wielding Batman who shows no mercy to his enemies.
Enter the last piece of the puzzle. The Thomas Wayne Batman from the comic book Flashpoint is also an older Batman who uses guns and is not afraid to kill his enemies. Batfleck, as we know him, is already well on his way to becoming this character. He has already killed several people without hesitation and despite the criticisms of die-hard Batman fans. This is because this dark and gritty version of the character is the wrong version that will end up being rebooted once the Flashpoint movie hits.
Well, there’s my crazy DCEU theory from the depths of my mind. I hope you were able to follow along. What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s possible that the dark and gritty DCEU is really the “wrong” universe due to Flash’s time tampering? Is it possible that the universe will be rebooted just when all hope is lost? I would like to think that it is a distinct possibility, but only time will tell, and until then, keep theorizing!