Zack Snyder's DC universe was going to end with a Flashpoint-style reboot, Justice League artist reveals

The Flash in Zack Snyder's Justice League
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Zack Snyder's DC universe was set to end with a major reboot, according to Justice League storyboard artist Jay Oliva.

Snyder has been open about his now-scrapped plans for Justice League 2 and 3, explaining that, after Lois Lane's death, Superman was set to succumb to Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation – then after some time traveling from the remaining Leaguers and their allies, Batman would sacrifice himself to save Lois, and Superman would help in the fight against Darkseid in the trilogy's final installment.

At the fan-organized Justice Con event, though, Oliva talked about what might have happened next. Responding to comments about the end point of Snyder's plans for the DCEU, Oliva said: "Yeah, I mean, I think that was the plan, was that they would do like the four or five parters and then we would do a Flashpoint kind of reboot, where you can bring in a new cast afterwards."

Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Justice League trilogy would have comprised five films all together – which Snyder, speaking to Vanity Fair, called "a five-part trilogy". 

In the Flashpoint comic book story, Barry Allen accidentally ruins the main timeline after traveling back in time to stop his mother's death. While Barry eventually manages to fix his mistake, it resets the DC comic book universe. It, therefore, makes sense a direct adaptation of the story would be an opportunity to reboot and start fresh.

The Flash movie, set for a 2022 release, is thought to take inspiration from this story, and at one point in development, it was even called Flashpoint. The film will see the return of Michael Keaton's Batman, as well as Ben Affleck's version of the vigilante, so expect the multiverse to come into play, too.

Though DC fans have been petitioning Warner Bros. to continue with Snyder's vision for the DCEU, trending hashtags including #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, #DeathstrokeHBOMax, and #MakeTheBatfleckMovie, it seems an unlikely possibility. Snyder himself evaded confirming or denying anything at Justice Con, but Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff poured water over hopes for any continuations, and a recent trailer billed Zack Snyder's Justice League as "the completion of Zack Snyder's trilogy."

For now, you can catch the Snyder Cut on HBO Max. The Flash is due for release November 4, 2022. Until then, check out our guide to watching DC movies in order for the ultimate movie marathon.

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.