Aquaman‘s post-credit scene has an interesting tease for the DC Extended Universe Flashpoint movie, but there’s one small problem with that – there isn’t going to be a Flashpoint movie. No, this isn’t the result of us passing into an alternate timeline, but rather the result of Warner Bros. backtracking on basing the first solo movie with Ezra Miller’s Flash on Flashpoint, the 2011 comic miniseries written by Geoff Johns.
The moment in question comes in the post-credits scene, where Black Manta wakes up in the home of Dr. Stephen Shin. On the wall of the room, we see an assortment of newspaper clippings featuring stories of the mysterious Aquaman, including one which refers to the hero as an “underwater Superman.”
But the shout out that’s really been getting the attention of the fans, and even earned a retweet last night from director Wan himself, is the headline that reads, “Wonder Woman Nixes Aquaman Dating Rumour.” The piece even looks to include a quote from Diana Prince herself, with the star of Wonder Woman 1984 reportedly saying, “It would never happen!” This might well be a reference to the “Flashpoint” storyline, which was previously considered for The Flash solo movie and saw Aquaman and Wonder Woman engaged in a romance that had some pretty messy consequences.
According to Neil Daly, who organized test screenings for Aquaman, explained on the Fire and Water podcast that one specific newspaper clipping was meant to tie into Flashpoint‘s infamous alternate earth storyline.
“There was another one, that one of the newspaper headings said ‘Wonder Woman Nixes Aquaman Dating Rumor,’ which most people are just going to take that as tongue-in-cheek and think it was funny,” Daly said, in reference of the two heroes’ rapport in Justice League. “But at the time of the filming, that was when they were still talking about going ahead with Flashpoint being the Flash story that they were going to do. And so there was a reference to Aquaman and Wonder Woman dating.”
Aquaman and Wonder Woman have never been romantically involved in DC Comics, except in Flashpoint. While this may have been meant to set up future DC Comics films, director James Wan made it clear that he was allowed to make his own, stand-alone film.
Source: Fire and Water podcast