DC's The Flash: Fastest Man Alive, a three-issue prequel comic that ties into the upcoming DC Extended Universe Flash movie, has been delayed, not canceled, until later this year, according to artist Juan Ferreyra.
Ferreyra took to Twitter to deny rumors that The Flash: Fastest Man Alive had been canceled. Instead, Ferreyra said that the series, which was initially supposed to launch on April 26, was being delayed until later this year so that "there won't be such a gap between the comic and the movie."
When announcing the project in January, DC said that The Flash: Fastest Man Alive would tie into the upcoming DCEU Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. The series also features Batman and includes apperances from other recognizable DC Universe characters. The synopsis for the first issue reads, "Race through the streets of Central City in this lead-up to the hotly anticipated blockbuster The Flash! After Barry’s adventure with the Justice League, he’s determined to become a truly skilled and inspirational hero. As a new threat emerges in Central City going by the name of Girder, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers. Can the Dark Knight help show the Scarlet Speedster a way to defeat this metallic menace, or will the Flash be crushed by Girder’s strength?"
The Flash film has had a tough time securing a permanet release date. Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Seth Grahame-Smith were all attached to the film when it was announced in 2015. Grahame-Smith left the project and was replaced by Rick Famuyiwa, who also left due to creative differences. Joby Harold later did a script rewrite, while John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were announced as new directors in 2018; however, they, too, left the project. It Chapter Two's Andy Muschietti is now on board to direct, with production having begun in April 2021. The Flash has still faced some challenges since then, as it recently moved release dates from November to June 23, 2023. While there were reports about Warner Bros. recently holding an emergency meeting regarding Miller's DC Extended Universe future, the company has since debunked those rumors.
The Flash: Fastest Man Alive is written by Kenny Porter and illustrated by Ricardo López Ortiz, Juan Ferreyra and Jason Howard. DC has not yet officially announced a new release date for the series.