Okay, so The Flash has been getting a lot of attention within the last several days. Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has been brought on to direct Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, which has fans of the director very excited. Meanwhile, over at 20th Century Fox, their Marvel Comics property Gambit has been delayed, with rumors of its star Channing Tatum jumping ship, according to Movie News Guide. Some suggest he could be already signed up for a role in a DC Comics film, which would certainly be interesting if true.
Channing Tatum cast in The Flash for Warner Bros. would not be the most unbelievable scenario, if it is true, as there are also some rumors suggesting that Tatum has left or plans to leave the project. But even then, Tatum walking away from Gambit would be a bit odd, considering how excited he seemed to be about the film, and Lauren Shuler Donner’s excitement over casting Channing in the lead role. But if this is true, it does spell out doom for the Gambit project. The film already seemed to be in a bit of trouble when the original director, Rupert Wyatt, dropped out, before Doug Liman came in to replace him.
Back to the original topic: why are there rumors suggesting that Channing Tatum is joining The Flash? Well, the film’s director, Famuyiwa, began following certain accounts on Twitter prior to him being announced as director for The Flash — Twitter accounts for upcoming DC Comics films and actors involved in the films. This initially led some to believe that he would be up for a film in the DC Extended Universe, and they were proven to be correct on that one. One of those actors Famuyiwa followed was Channing Tatum.
It’s easy to dismiss this as irrelevant or just coincidental. Rick Famuyiwa could have been following certain DC-Comics-films-related accounts while following Tatum in between. However, given the fact that some guessed right when thinking Famuyiwa was attached to a DC project due to his Twitter-following habits, this may not be as irrelevant as one may think.
So if Channing Tatum has been cast in The Flash, who could he possibly be playing? A hero or villain? Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold? And does this also confirm that Tatum will be leaving Gambit, or will he be juggling both a Marvel Comics and DC Comics film role? There is a lot of what-if’s at play here, that’s for sure, and it’s going to take some official confirmation from someone involved in either project to tell us what is really going on.
Some have also questioned whether or not Channing Tatum has been cast as Shazam, starring opposite Dwayne Johnson who will be playing Black Adam.
Ezra Miller’s Flash is also rumored to have a surprise cameo in this summer’s Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck’s Batman will also be in the movie, and Miller did appear as a cameo in Batman v Superman, so this rumor doesn’t feel too far-fetched. Apparently, Flash will be dealing with Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney), as part of the villain’s introduction into the film. Whatever the case, it seems that a Flash cameo in Suicide Squad would be perfect.
So, is Channing Tatum part of The Flash cast? Is he stepping away from Gambit? Will Ezra Miller’s Flash pop up in Suicide Squad? We’ll just have to wait and find out. Hopefully, Channing himself or a producer involved with one of the projects can confirm or deny something on this list of rumors. Heroic Hollywood tells us that Tatum is indeed still attached to Gambit and plans to keep it that way, according to sources close to the project.
The Flash will hit theaters March 16, 2018, while Fox’s Gambit solo film currently doesn’t have a set release date.
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