I’ve currently got a long-ass post in my drafts outlining how I’d write the plot for a hypothetical Flash movie, but here’s a shorter version (edit: turns out, it’s still long, but it’s not nearly as long as the one in my drafts):
First, it has nothing to do with Flashpoint (really, how many times can we do Flashpoint. It’s been a thing for like ten years), except for small hints to tangentially related stuff. It’s also unconnected to the DCEU
The villains are the Rogues. We start with Leonard Snart, Mick Rory, and James Jesse stealing some tech from STAR Labs. Jesse makes his own gadgets, but he modifies the stolen tech into weapons for Snart and Rory, which is how they become Captain Cold and Heat Wave. More members join over the course of the film
Barry starts out as a forensic scientist, he has the worst luck, he’s always late, and he’s always stopping to help people even before he gets his powers. He gets his powers while investigating the STAR Labs robbery: a lightning bolt strikes him and some tech from STAR Labs that he was testing to see if there was any evidence there
Barry starts out as a forensic scientist, but because he’s always late and he’s in a coma for a few weeks, the Central City Police Department replaces him with someone significantly less good at the actual job. Barry’s powers start manifesting, but at this point he doesn’t really comprehend what they are, it’s just some weird stuff occasionally happening
In this film, the Mardon brothers are con men who are arrested after Iris West writes an article exposing their scam. Iris and Barry first met while Barry was investigating the robbery, since Iris’ father in this is Ira West, like in the pre-Crisis Comics, and this Ira West works at STAR Labs. They meet again after Barry gets a new job working for Ira. Barry and Iris hit it off, but then the Mardon brothers break out of prison; Clyde Mardon has a heart attack, and Mark Mardon leaves him behind. Mark then tries to do a drive-by shooting to kill Iris, but Barry’s superspeed kicks in and he catches the bullet
The cops don’t seem very interested in actually investigating the drive-by shooting. Also, one of them recognises Barry and proceeds to be a dick to him because why not. Afterwards, Barry decides “well if the cops won’t track Mardon down I will” and that’s the first criminal he captures as the Flash, dropping him off at the police headquarters with a passive-aggressive note (”since you weren’t catching this guy...”)
Then Barry makes his suit and we get some fun stuff like a montage of Barry doing superhero stuff. This film would use a lot of Queen songs - like, Barry’s intro would be set to Flash, fittingly enough - and the superheroing is set to Don’t Stop Me Now. During this montage, we also see Snart, Rory, and Jesse upgrade to their supervillain personas, inspired by the Flash - before they were just regular thieves using high-tech gear - as well as seeing Barry and Iris get closer
Also, the stolen items also include a few other devices than just the cold gun and hot gun. One of those other devices opens portals to a pocket dimension, and at some point during this part of the movie we learn that the idea was developed by a colleague of Ira’s who was then fired for ethics violations, and afterwards ended up in prison because he took being fired badly. Ira was put in charge of completing the guy’s project. And that guy’s name is Samuel Scudder
Then we get the first confrontation between Barry and the Rogues. The Rogues are robbing a bank to get money, Barry goes to stop them, takes down Heat Wave and the Trickster fairly easily but struggles against Captain Cold. The Rogues get away
Things go from bad to worse as Barry’s replacement as a forensic scientist is now insisting that the STAR Labs robbery was totally an inside job, and it was Ira who did it. Ira gets arrested, and Iris and Barry both start working on ways to prove Ira’s innocence: Barry by capturing the Rogues, Iris by investigating the robbery herself (off the clock, since otherwise it would be a journalistic ethics issue)
Barry’s dad being in jail because he was framed for killing Barry’s mom is still a thing here, and Barry’s visiting him when the Rogues attack the prison, breaking out Hartley Rathaway. Hartley flirst with Captain Cold because why not, and while the Rogues also stop to break out two other people: Sam Scudder and Mark Mardon
Now, Mardon’s just there because he saw the breakout happening and was like “hey, can I join?” and the Rogues shrugged and said sure. Scudder is there because they need him to operate the pocket dimension device, and Hartley is there because 1. the stolen tech includes some sound-manipulating gear he could use, and 2. he already has some sound-based tech of his own that’s useful
Barry changes into the Flash and tries to stop the Rogues but gets his butt kicked again. However, during that fight, he overhears that Captain Cold’s real name is Snart
Barry does some investigating (he breaks into the police headquarters and checks their database) and it turns out that while Captain Cold is probably Leonard Snart, who just seems to be a thief, he has a sister named Lisa Snart who’s in prison for killing their father (a different prison than the one Barry’s dad is in, and implicitly a more secure one). After some more research it turns out that their father was probably a piece of shit, though nothing was proven. Barry figures that Leonard probably wants to break his sister out, since if he was a criminal he’d try to break his father out of prison
After this it’s basically Act 3 stuff. Iris finds out that Barry is the Flash (she visits him to share what she found relating to Ira, but he’s out investigating, and she sees his Flash-related stuff) but pretends not to know. Scudder gets the pocket dimension working, and it turns out it can be accessed using reflections (and a specially-designed ray but mainly the reflections thing). The Rogues break Lisa Snart out of prison and she becomes their final member as the Golden Glider. The Flash tries to stop them, but with Scudder there, there’s not much Barry can do.
Now, the Rogues’ main plan has worked, but 1. they still have The Flash to worry about, and 2. some of their members, specifically Mardon and Scudder, have their own agendas: revenge.
The Rogues split into three groups: Captain Cold, Pied Piper, and Trickster take over the police headquarters and take everyone there hostage in order to lure the Flash out, with the Trickset broadcasting this using some sort of camera-based drones; Weather Wizard and Golden Glider go after Iris; and Mirror Master and Heat Wave go after Ira
Barry is with Iris, but when he sees the Trickster’s broadcast, he leaves to go do superhero stuff. Weather Wizard was willing to kill Barry alongside Iris, but Golden Glider convinced him that it would be better to wait until Iris was alone, so that’s when they go after her. Iris actually manages to get away from them for a while, but eventually they catch up to her.
Meanwhile, Barry fights Cold, Piper, and Trickster. Trickster’s gadgets pose more of a threat than Trickster himself, but the real issues are Pied Piper and Captain Cold. Barry eventually wins by 1. building up enough speed that even when Snart’s cold gun slows him down, it doesn’t stop him completely and he manages to knock Snart out, and 2. vibrating his own molecules to disrupt the frequency emitted by Pied Piper’s sound tech.
Cold tells the Flash where the other Rogues are, and Barry is understandably worried. He runs over to STAR Labs, where Ira is being attacked by Mirror Master and Heat Wave. Barry gets Ira to safety and takes down Heat Wave, but Mirror Master is much more of a problem... until Barry tackles Mirror Master and sends them both into the Mirror World
Problem: Barry has no idea how to navigate the Mirror World. It’s a weird dimension of distorted images, and judging by Mirror Master’s taunting it also messes with time somehow
There’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where Barry catches a glimpse of his mother’s death through the Mirror World... and yes, that is a metahuman who looks like a palette-swapped version of him
Barry figures out how to navigate the Mirror World, takes down Mirror Master (though Mirror Master seems to get stuck inside the Mirror World), and is able to rescue Iris just in time by literally jumping out of a mirror and knocking out Weather Wizard
The good news is, capturing the Rogues is enough to clear Ira’s name, since clearly they were the ones who stole the gear, and Leonard isn’t one to let someone else take the fall for his crimes. He confirms that Ira had nothing to do with any of the Rogues’ crimes
The bad news is, near the end of the movie there’s a cool montage of the Rogues breaking out of prison, set to (what else?) I Want To Break Free. Actually that doesn’t sound bad movie-wise but it’s bad for the good guys
We also establish that Barry is still trying to find a way to clear his dad’s name, and now he has 1. Iris helping him, and 2. a lead in the form of the glimpse he got in the Mirror World. Though he can’t really talk to Iris about that since then he’d have to explain why he was in the Mirror World
Also, Barry and Iris don’t become an item in this film but they’re strongly implied to develop an attraction to each other
Also also, a few other villains get cameos during the superheroing montage: Roy G Bivolo, at this point just an art thief; Digger Harkness, nicknamed Captain Boomerang by Barry; and the Turtle, as a neat reference to Barry’s first comic book appearance
There is no post-credits scene, but the final scene before the credits serves a similar role: Mirror Master, in the Mirror World, sees someone in a stage magician outfit stealing a time machine from a futuristic museum seemingly dedicated to the Flash
Since Queen is featured in this a lot (in fact, more than I mentioned here, it’s just that I haven’t figured out where certain songs could go), the credits would also be full of Queen
Maybe We Will Rock you during one of Barry’s fights against the Rogues? Or even two - one where Barry loses, and then again in the climax when he wins
What about Bohemian Rhapsody?
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