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The various films and TV shows based on DC Comics have had a whirlwind week-long run, with plenty of updates regarding their potential future (or lack thereof). This began on Monday with the confirmation that The Lightning will conclude with the upcoming ninth season on The CW, which will begin airing on the network in 2023. This final season will most likely serve as the conclusion of a chapter for the network’s Arrowverse shows, but there has also been a question as to whether and how it will tie into the larger DC Multiverse. One question in particular has arisen considering the timing of things – could the final season of The Lightning Show dovetail jump into the upcoming The Lightning Movie?

The two current live-action versions of the Scarlet Speedster were linked almost from the jump — the pilot of the television series, which stars Grant Gustin’s iteration of the character, premiered just days before Ezra Miller was publicly announced as an alternate Play version on the big screen. For years, fans had entertained the possibility that Gustin and Miller could cross paths in some way, and they unexpectedly got their wish in early 2020 when Miller made a secret cameo in The CW’s crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the weeks following this episode, it was revealed that Warner Bros. themselves had asked to record Miller’s cameo, and so on The Lightning Film writer Christina Hodson “planned” it when writing the film.

“I got a call from [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth said, ‘I know you’re banned, but can you put Ezra in the crossover?'” crossover producer Marc Guggenheim explained at the time. “And I said ‘yes’. And he said, ‘What, you’re serial-packaged? And you’re wound up on the crossover.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I know, but if you tell me Ezra Miller can be in the crossover, I can do it.'”

“Of course, because it would be too much of a surprise if I suddenly saw that on TV,” Hodson said Comicbook.com early 2020.

Since then, The Lightning The film has wrapped up production and pushed back release dates a few more times, currently aiming for a bow on June 23, 2023. Rumors have also surfaced that Gustin could make a cameo in the film, especially since it’s been confirmed that the project is about the Multiverse. Depending on when The Lightning The TV show begins airing its final thirteen-episode season (and however many mid-season breaks it might have), it could likely air its series finale before or exactly when The Lightning Film debuts that take place in the 21st week of the year. This would give Gustin’s possible cameo appearance in the film an entirely new context, one that is likely different from how the cameo could have originally been written, but something the TV show writers pointed to when building the final one Season could still work towards.

Of course, there’s also the question of whether or not this hypothetical Gustin cameo will eventually make it into the final version The Lightning, given Warner Bros. Discovery’s ever-evolving approach to its live-action films. The nature of The Lightning The film’s release has been the subject of much debate lately, particularly amid an ever-growing list of offscreen allegations about Miller, but the studio recently confirmed they are behind the film and plan to release it. So ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see if that cameo will play out and ultimately come full circle of Barry Allen’s bizarre on-screen journey.

The Lightning The TV show is scheduled to air on The CW in early 2023. In the meantime, The Lightning The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2023.

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