Movie rumor maven Umberto "El Mayimbe" Gonzalez revealed during a Periscope broadcast tonight that he has learned Rick Famuyiwa's The Flash will feature not one villain, but a team of them.
The Rogues, to be specific -- as specific as one can be without actually naming any of the Rogues that might be appearing.
One assumes that if the report at Heroic Hollywood, Gonzalez's site, is true, the first villain added to the film will be Jai Courtney, who appeared in Suicide Squad as Captain Boomerang. In the film, he was brought into custody by The Flash.
There have been rumors that in a movie filled with antiheroes, Suicide Squad's Captain Boomerang was originally one of the least sympathetic, making racist and sexist comments and harassing his teammates, before his role was cut way down and he became essentially comic relief in the final version of the movie. If true, that could have been setting him up as a truly despicable person who could turn back to being an outright villain in The Flash and not totally spoil any potential arc he had in Suicide Squad.
In the comics, the Rogues are The Flash's most famous group of villains, and usually include Boomerang, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Abrakadabra, Weather Wizard, and more.
Two major Rogues -- Mirror Master and The Top -- will debut on The CW's The Flash this season. The Trickster, Boomerang, and Weather Wizard have all appeared in one or more episodes, and both Captain Cold and Heat Wave are headed into their second season on DC's Legends of Tomorrow this year.
Typically, DC has avoided having characters on both TV and in film at the same time -- see Suicide Squad characters like Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Katana, and Captain Boomerang being shuffled off the show once that movie was in production -- but with Superman coming to Supergirl and the inevitability that The Flash, currently The CW's top-rated show, will be on the air when Famuyiwa's film version comes to the big screen in 2018, on has to wonder whether the Rogues will be cleared out of The Flash to make way for their movie counterparts or if that's no longer part of the math producers are doing.
Ezra Miller will star in 2018's The Flash from Dope and Confirmation director Rick Famuyiwa. After first appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and again briefly in Suicide Squad, Miller's take on Barry Allen, the Fastest Man Alive, will make one last stop in next year's Justice League before he finally gets his own movie, starring alongside Dope's Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Justice League's Ray Fisher as Victor Stone, the Justice League member better known as Cyborg. The film is expected to film in London in 2017 and be released in the U.S. on March 16, 2018.