The wait is over as DC's Justice League has united in cinemas to a predictably mixed response from critics. I won't weigh in too heavily for now, so let's just say that it's better than Batman v Superman, but it's a massive backward step from Wonder Woman. A negative response from critics hasn't stopped the DCEU pushing forward, but earlier this year when Warner Bros announced that The Flash solo movie would be titled Flashpoint, rumours of a soft reboot of the DC Universe started to gather momentum.

Just to bring those of you that don't know anything about DC comic-books up to speed. Flashpoint was a 2011 comic book series that sees Barry Allen (The Flash) accidentally create a dark alternate timeline after a jaunt to the past to save his mother's life. In this dark new world, the Amazons are at war with the Atlanteans (leaving half the world in ruins). Bruce Wayne died as a child, and his rage-filled Father (Thomas Wayne) violently polices the streets of Gotham. Oh, and Martha Kent (why did you say that name) was driven mad by the murder of her son and her husband's actions, becomes a twisted new incarnation of The Joker.

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It's an upside-down version of characters we know, and its film adaptation potential could give Warner Bros a way of setting up an ongoing alternate version. Speaking to Heroic Hollywood, the Flash himself aka Ezra Miller teased that Flashpoint will tear the DC universe asunder.

"What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint would be almost like hearing a word like crisis. We start to understand that our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fac of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, as I plan to call it. Quote me!"

Your initial reaction to a Hyper-Extended Multiverse might be one of bemusement, but this could be the best thing to happen to the DCEU since Wonder Woman. Warner Bros is now five movies in, and they've only managed to produce one good film. A strong case could be made for rebooting parts of the universe, and it could offer an organic way for Ben Affleck to bow out as Batman. There are no shortage of rumours and somewhat muddled soundbites from Affleck that make his future as The Dark Knight uncertain.

Flashpoint currently has a 2020 release date and will feature Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher's Cyborg. A director has yet to be named, but the script is currently in development with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword writer Joby Harold.

Justice League is out now in cinemas everywhere.

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Chris Suffield

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