‘Aquaman’ and ‘The Flash’ Solo Films Will NOT Be Origin Stories

By March 12, 2016

While Deadpool may have just set the new standard by which all other superhero origins stories will be measured, there’s no question that the traditional formula has gotten a bit stale. Part of what made that film (and, say, Guardians of the Galaxy) so successful was its bucking of the tired tropes that populate most of the superhero origin films that have come before. You just have to look at the abject failure of last summer’s Fantastic Four and Sony’s struggles with The Amazing Spider-Man to see that audiences are getting tired of seeing the same basic “how I became a superhero” story told over and over again.

This makes today’s news out of the upcoming DC Comics Cinematic Universe pretty refreshing. According to producer Charles Roven (via WSJ), future films like The Flash and Aquaman will not return to the stale origin story well:

While each movie stands alone, they’re all part of one long arc of storytelling.

With those two films set to come out after Justice League: Part One, it appears that the history of both characters (and perhaps others like Cyborg and Shazam) will be covered in that film, with their solo films picking up their respective stories at some point after the big team-up flick. There’s also a chance the origin ball will begin rolling when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out in two weeks, as both Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) are supposed to make brief appearances in that film.

Ezra Miller will play The Flash in DC's Cinematic Universe

Ezra Miller will play The Flash in DC’s Cinematic Universe


Personally, I think this is a great approach. We don’t really NEED to have entire films devoted to telling The Flash or Aquaman’s origins, they can certainly be fleshed out as part of Justice League. The formula for this sort of thing was very clearly and successfully established with Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, if obscure characters like Groot and Drax can be fleshed out as convincingly as they were in that film, characters like Flash and Aquaman who are much more familiar to fans (especially if they watch The CW) should be easy to handle. In a way, this means The Flash and Aquaman will all serve as sequels to Justice League, and we all know most superhero sequels are much better than the original. Why? The origin story’s already out of the way.

See this, people? DC and Warner Bros. might just know what the hell they’re doing after all.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out on March 25, 2016.

Justice League: Part One is set for release on November 17, 2017.

The Flash will come out on March 16, 2018, with Aquaman following on July 27, 2018.

Make sure to keep checking back for updates – right here on GeekNation. 

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  • Student of Alchemy

    “Audiences are getting tired of seeing the same basic “how I became a superhero” story told over and over again” . . . except when Marvel does it.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ didn’t have the origin problem for the hero, and movie audiences don’t know the origins of either the Flash or Aquaman so if DC/WB are doing this because “audiences are getting tired”, they’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Hopefully they’re doing it because it’s narratively the best way to bring these two to the Justice League.