Trying to parse Reddit AMAs can be a foolhardy endeavor. A seemingly endless pile-on of questions, opinions and other commentary from random people on the internet, interspersed with the occasional answers from whatever verified person set the whole thing in motion. Will you learn something new? Sure. Probably. Maybe. But you’ll have to squint and dig to find it.
This weekend’s AMA with user LDN_Film was no different. Who is “LDN_Film”? Apparently a VFX artist on the DC films, including Justice League. But as The Playlist points out, hidden in the rubble of the AMA were a few interesting tidbits that might have bearing on the larger DCEU… or would have, if certain deleted scenes not been leaked.
Justice League featured The Flash, played by Ezra Miller, as one of the heroes coming together to… fight something? I dunno, I haven’t seen it yet (though TK enjoyed it!). However, as a leaked deleted scene revealed, the film would also have introduced Iris West, played by Kiersey Clemons, in a sequence where Barry Allen saves her from a car accident. She’d been cast by one-time Flashpoint director Rick Famuyiwa, who worked with her on Dope. But then he left the project due to the — yup, you guessed it — “creative differences.” And when her scenes were cut from Justice League, DC had the opportunity to reconsider how they would proceed regarding the role — and apparently they considered recasting her entirely.
According to this mysterious VFX artist, they were tasked with digitally replacing Clemons in the deleted scene (perhaps for an extended cut of the film). But when fans got a glimpse of Clemons in the leaked footage, it not only jeopardized the possibility of an extended cut — it meant that DC is more likely to keep her in the role rather than risking backlash.
So what does all this mean? Not much. Just because LDN_Film isn’t digitally replacing Clemons anymore doesn’t mean that nobody else is. And just because Reddit verified LDN_Film, it doesn’t mean that they really knew what DC was thinking in regards to this scene in the first place. With no director in place, and a release date in 2020, all this Flashpoint speculation is much ado about nothing, basically.
Not that THAT has ever stopped us before!