Monday Movie Report: ‘Flash’ production delayed

Production on the standalone “Flash” movie has been delayed by Warner Bros.

According to Variety, WB is pushing back production of the film, which was to follow the speedy hero after the events of “The Justice League.” Variety reports that while the movie didn’t have a set release date, the expectation was to shoot in March 2019.

More work was needed on the script, though, and the studio decided to dedicate additional time, Variety states. Unfortunately, this problem coincides with another issue.

The actor playing Flash, Ezra Miller, is also signed on to play a character in the third “Fantastic Beasts” picture. That film, a “Harry Potter” spin-off, starts production in July, according to Variety.

In the article, Variety states that filming could start in late 2019, meaning the theatrical release could be either 2020 or 2021. This is the latest in delays for a “Flash” movie, as Variety reports the film has had people leave the project and new talent come in.

Overall, it’s another issue for WB which has been trying to compete with Disney’s Marvel universe since 2013, with average results at best. Its big superhero team-up, “Justice League,” only made $93 million in its opening weekend, a poor outing for that kind of ensemble picture. Plus, actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, who played Batman and Superman respectively, have both left the series.

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At the weekend box office, it was another good showing for “Venom.” The anti-hero comic book adaptation took first place with $35 million. Coming in second was the musical drama “A Star is Born” with $28 million. The biographical film “First Man,” meanwhile, only made $16 million in its opening weekend. However, it has time to make more as award season goes on.

The full top five was:
1. Venom – $35,006,107
2. A Star is Born – $28,445,205
3. First Man – $16,006,065
4. Goosebumps 2 – $15,802,225
5. Smallfoot – $9,066,837

For this upcoming weekend, the big release is the horror sequel “Halloween.”

On the small screen, new releases for home video include:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp, my rating: 3.7 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.92 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%.
  • Unfriended 2: Dark Web, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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