DC’s upcoming multiverse adventure The Flash is deep in production under director Andy Muschietti, and we still don’t know the villain! But thanks to our friends at The Direct, we may have our first real clue. [Please keep in mind, there may be spoilers ahead]

A few weeks ago, set photos appeared online showing TWO Barry Allens (played by Ezra Miller and a stunt double). Sharing a similar fashion aesthetic, the two characters were distinguished mainly by their different hairstyles. We’re assuming that our main hero Barry is the one with the shorter haircut, familiar from Justice League. The existence of doppelgangers isn’t unusual for a multiverse story, as fans will know from Rick and Morty, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, or even this summer’s Loki.

The Flash Concept Art New Suit

However, The Direct took these images further: According to their sources, long-haired Barry is in fact an evil Barry.

The Flash Set Photos Show Barry Allen Multiplied

In January last year, Muschietti acknowledged that this version of The Flash would follow a ”different version of Flashpoint than you’re expecting”. For example, we already know the film won’t feature Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Thomas Wayne Batman and now some version of Supergirl will be a major character. But based on The Direct’s reporting, it seems like the film might not feature the classic villain Reverse Flash either. Instead, The Direct is claiming that this alternate Barry Allen may be the villain himself, a “Dark Flash” who fulfills the role of Reverse Flash from the comic.

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Of course as fans of the The Flash TV show will know, appearances can be deceiving. Other set photos showed stunt actor Fabian Santos as a new character who has yet to be announced – could his role be the actual Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash? Perhaps Thawne stays in the shadows, puppeteering a Barry doppelganger to gain our Barry’s trust. Maybe he even changes his appearance, like in the show. Who knows what’s going on!

the flash & batman

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Interestingly, in The Direct’s article, they also speculate that the alternate Barry could be from the same universe as Michael Keaton’s Batman. This would make sense if Barry spends a significant portion of the film in that universe…. But why would this Barry be so sinister to our Barry? What could his motivations be?

The Flash

The Flash won’t be hitting theaters until November 4, 2022, but we’re sure to get our first big tease during the next DC Fandome on October 16, 2021! As we ponder these questions, let us know: What do you think about this change, if true? Are you excited to see such a fresh take on Flashpoint? What other changes do you think they’ll make? Let us know in the comment section below or over on our social media!

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Source: The Direct