10 DC Multiverse Stories From The Comics THE FLASH Could Be Setting The Stage For

The Flash is expected to take us into the DC Multiverse, but which comic book adaptations could follow that adventure? We have some ideas that could make for epic movies and TV shows in the near future...

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Marvel Studios may have beaten Warner Bros. to the introduction of a Multiverse, but exploring the DC Extended Universe's version of those alternate timelines still promises to be a lot of fun in The Flash next year. 

We already know it's going to lead to the return of Michael Keaton's Batman and the introduction of a new Supergirl, but what other ramifications could the Scarlet Speedster's trip through multiple realities have? It will almost certainly feature the introduction of new worlds for us to explore, and it's those we're actually taking a closer look at today. 

The Flash has the potential to set the stage for a fresh take on the Justice League, a massive event movie, or just some wacky spinoffs that could form part of that ever-growing HBO Max slate. In fact, the possibilities are endless, and we have some ideas about which comics should be adapted. 

Take a look through these exciting Multiverse possibilities by clicking on the "Next" button below!
 

10. Justice League of America: Age of Wonder

Marvel Studios is in the midst of exploring alternate realities in What If...?, and there's really no reason Warner Bros. can't do the same in the wake of The Flash. This take on the Justice League, however, could be just what the team needs after both Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder's takes. 

Essentially, this comic book asked, "What if...the Justice League existed in the late 1800s and early 1900s?" This would be a major departure from the 2017 movie, and with original takes on heroes like Atom, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Starman, and Plastic Man, Superman, there's potential here for something special. 

In the comics, Superman makes himself known to the world at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. He then starts working with the greatest minds of the time, including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla...and Lex Luthor! Decades later, when mankind starts weaponising some of those inventions, it's down to Superman and his "League of Science" to stop World War I from breaking out.
 

9. Gotham by Gaslight

"Gotham by Gaslight" served as a complete reinvention of the Batman character; Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola (of Hellboy fame) took the Dark Knight to Victorian times to show the hero hunting Jack the Ripper in Gotham City, a pretty perfect adventure for the World's Greatest Detective!

In this "Elseworlds" story, North America is now a commonwealth run by the oppressive British government, and Bruce Wayne is about to join the clergy when he learns his parents were murdered not by gunman Joe Chill, but the government because of their political beliefs.

Learning that many of his fellow heroes were either the victim of cruel government experiments or created by them, Batman sets out to make things right. We've see a lot of the Caped Crusader on screen in recent years (and will continue to do so), but this would be a total departure from all those.
 

8. Superman & Batman: Generations

Moving forward, Batman and Superman are sure to remain a focal point of stories told in the DC Extended Universe, and this is a story that could succeed in bringing them together on screen. 

Superman & Batman: Generations begins in 1939, with each issue jumping ahead by a decade to catch up with what's going on in the lives of the Man of Steel and Caped Crusader. As Clark Kent barely ages, Bruce Wayne is forced to send his wards into battle as new Dark Knights in his absence.

The relationship between the World's Finest heroes changes a lot as time passes. A movie (or TV series on HBO Max) exploring the way these two evolved over the decades could be a lot of fun, especially as it's so rare we get to see these comic book worlds change in real-time. 
 

7. Kingdom Come

Mark Waid and Alex Ross's iconic Kingdom Come picked up with the DC Universe's greatest heroes decades into the future. Considered one of the best tales ever told in the Multiverse, this would make for an incredible movie, delivering versions of these characters we've never seen on screen before. 

Released in 1996 and set in 2020, the likes of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have been pushed to one side, and a new generation of heroes have risen to take their place.

Unfortunately, they're more interested in outdoing each other, and that leads to the older and younger heroes going to war. That gives Warner Bros. the opportunity to introduce some new characters, of course, and should they be well-received...well, you have spinoff potential for new HBO Max projects!
 

6. Flash of Two Worlds

It's believed that The Flash movie will follow Barry Allen as he travels back in time to save his mother's life, inadvertently creating a new timeline in the process (similar to the Flashpoint storyline).

Ultimately, it sounds like a new DCEU will be created, and "Flash of Two Worlds" would be a great place to take the Scarlet Speedster's franchise next. In the pages of The Flash #123, Barry Allen finds himself on Earth-2 after inadvertently vibrating his molecules too hard. On a new Earth, he comes face to face with his Silver Age counterpart, Jay Garrick.

Defining those Silver Age stories as having happened on an alternate Earth, this story had major consequences for the DC Universe. Having Ezra Miller's Flash meeting Jay in a sequel would be a blast, and him spending time on a weird new planet with some big differences might make for an even crazier movie than the one we're getting next year.
 

5. Doomsday Clock

We don't know what the future holds in store for those Watchmen characters beyond that incredible HBO TV series, but the possibility of the clashing with the heroes and villains from the DC Universe remains an exciting one. 

Doomsday Clock was a tad underwhelming, but watching as Batman met Ozymandias, Superman clashed with Dr. Manhattan, and Rorschach entered Gotham City are all moments that could be iconic on screen. With the right amount of set up, it could prove to be a massive box office draw as well.

Bringing these two very different comic book worlds into the same space won't be to everyone's liking (especially Alan Moore), but there's no getting around the fact that it's an intriguing concept that works well with the premise of the Multiverse. Enlist Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay, and we could be on to an absolute winner here.
 

4. Superman: Red Son

Many fans are keen for a brighter, more hopeful take on Superman, so is "Red Son" really the right direction to take the Man of Steel in? Well, we know we're getting an alternate take on Kal-El and that Michael B. Jordan is hoping to suit up as Val-Zod, so why not do something completely different with this hero? 

Written by Mark Millar, Superman: Red Son explored what would happen if Kal-El's rocket landed in the USSR rather than the United States. Growing up to be a champion of Stalin and, eventually, the new leader of the Soviet Union, the hero's status quo changed massively, as did those of characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor. 

There has been an animated adaptation of the comic book, but there are still plenty of places a live-action version could go. Even just borrowing the concept and telling a new story set in this world could result in a movie that would be worth checking out.
 

3. Joker 2

2019's Joker was an "Elseworlds" story that completely reinvented the Clown Prince of Crime, grossing $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and very nearly winning the "Best Picture" Oscar. The rumoured sequel, however, has the opportunity to paint Batman in a new light.

Arthur Fleck was inadvertently responsible for the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, and the trauma of a clown murdering his parents is bound to stick with Bruce. In the grounded Gotham City Todd Phillips created, it's easy to imagine a twisted, unhinged vigilante emerging looking for vengeance, and unlike anything fans have seen on screen before.

Some will argue that yet another Batman story isn't necessary, but tied into Joaquin Phoenix's twisted version of The Joker, this could be something special. 
 

2. Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths was the first big DC Comics crossover event, and while this story has been adapted by The CW, a big budget blockbuster movie would really do it justice on screen. After The Flash, this seems like a logical next step, and it could even be a good excuse to bring multiple versions of the same characters - including those listed here - to the same space. 

When the Anti-Monitor sets out to destroy all the parallel Earths (which cleaned up DC Comics continuity in the process), the DC Universe's greatest heroes find themselves faced with countless alternate versions of themselves and a threat bigger than anything they've faced before.

If The Flash is going to hit the "Refresh" button on the DCEU, then this movie could fully reboot it. That could be necessary a few years from now, and might be the best possible way to move on from the past. At the same time, it could lead to the long-overdue formation of a new Justice League. 
 

1. Justice League of America: The Nail

There are a lot of Superman stories on the way, so why not take us to a world where Jonathan and Martha Kent experience a flat tire caused by a nail and never end up retrieving Superman from the rocket that crashed to Earth? Jumping thirty years into the future, the story picks up with a Justice League that has no Superman, and no support from the public.

Lex Luthor is the mayor of Metropolis, and after terrorist attacks are pinned on the League, he's able to take control of the entire U.S. Taking the heroes down some dark paths, The Nail is an exciting reinvention of this iconic team, and poses a lot of very interesting questions about what the DC Universe might look like without its most iconic hero.

The premise might be a simple one, but the ramifications of Superman's absence are huge, and something that could lead to a fresh, unexpected take on the Justice League.
 

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