After facing plenty of challenges––including multiple counts of bad behavior on the part of star Ezra Miller, who has recently been busy making apologies for their actions, an early revolving door of directors and writers and plenty of release date delays––the first trailer for ‘The Flash’ (originally announced years ago) is looking to convince concerned fans that it has all worked out for the best.
Using the eye-catching Super Bowl as its launch point, the trailer properly introduces the solo superhero outing for Miller’s speedy Barry Allen, who here is confronting his tragic past––but putting much more at risk to change it.
What’s the story?
Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?
Alongside Allen, we’ll see Michael Keaton as Batman, a role he hasn’t played since 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’ (though he did reprise the role for ‘Batgirl’, which suffered an ignominious shelving from the new Warner Bros. Discovery regime) and Ben Affleck as the Snyderverse take on Bats (from the evidence of this, he’s spending more time in the movie as Bruce Wayne). Michael Shannon is back as Zod, while Sasha Calle plays Supergirl and Ron Livingston takes over the role of Henry Allen, Barry’s father, from Billy Crudup.
Kiersey Clemons will appear as Iris West, while Antje Traue returns as Faora-Ul from ‘Man of Steel’ alongside Shannon.
Behind the camera, we have ‘It’ director Andy Muschietti, working from a script by Christina Hodson, itself drawn from a screen story by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
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A wider universe––and a new one
The movie has a big supporter in new DC boss James Gunn, who has described it as “one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.” And it has a key role to play in his plans.
Here’s what Gunn had to say:
“I think that we’ve gotten lucky with the next four movies, frankly, because we have ‘Shazam’, which leads into ‘Flash’, which resets everything which then goes into ‘Blue Beetle’, which is totally disconnected. But the one thing that we can promise is that everything from our first project forward, will be canon, and will be connected. We’re using some actors from the past, we’re not using other actors from the past. But everything from that moment forward will be connected and consistent.”
‘The Flash’ will be in theaters on June 16.
Other Movies Similar to ‘The Flash:’
- ‘Batman' (1989)
- ‘Batman Returns' (1992)
- 'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' (2013)
- ‘Man of Steel' (2013)
- 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' (2016)
- 'Suicide Squad' (2016)
- 'Justice League' (2017)
- 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' (2021)
- 'Peacemaker' (2022)
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Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Double Dream/a Disco Factory production of an Andy Muschietti film, 'The Flash.' It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on June 16, 2023 and internationally beginning 14 June 2023.