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Warner Bros.’ attempts to bring the exaggerated action and intricate narrative of DC Comics to the big screen have met with varying degrees of success, and the DC Extended Universe has been compared unfavourably to the MCU when it comes to creating connected stories. The new co-CEOs of DC Studios, James Gunn and Peter Safran, have stated that they will be starting nearly from scratch moving forward and have a whole new 10-year plan. This may all be about to change, though.
The Flash, the first solo film appearance for the super-fast hero Barry Allen, is one of the first movies to factor into their long-term strategy.
Two actors have previously portrayed Barry Allen on television: first, Alan Ritchson on the Smallville Superman prequel series, and later, Grant Gustin on The Flash, which just started its ninth and final season on The CW. The controversial actor Ezra Miller portrays the role in DC’s current film world; most recently, he made an unexpected appearance at the conclusion of Peacemaker.
The Flash, which is thought to hold the key to “resetting” the DC Universe, is where Miller will next be seen. Recent legal troubles, accusations of abusive behaviour, and challenges with their mental health have worsened their situation as the movie’s leading couple. Safran recently stated that “Ezra is totally committed to their recuperation. We’re fully supportive of that journey that they’re on right now.”
Is there a trailer for The Flash?
On February 12, 2023, Super Bowl Sunday, the first official trailer for The Flash was released. It gave viewers their first glimpse of Miller in the main role—technically, numerous major roles—as well as some storyline hints and amusing cameo appearances.
The Flash is based on a famous comic book run
The storyline of the film seems to be heavily influenced by Flashpoint, a hugely significant storyline that involves time travel and alternate universes where well-known events from superhero mythology unfolded in radically different ways. Flashpoint was written by Geoff Johns with art by Andy Kubert.
The trailer depicts a version of Barry Allen utilising his time-travel abilities to attempt to stop the murder of his mother; the presence of numerous Barry Allens and multiple Batmans in the footage suggests that this movie may wind up establishing the new canon of DC movie heroes.
Michael Keaton is back as Batman
Michael Keaton is reprising his role as Batman for this film, which is exciting for fans of Tim Burton’s Batman films as he played the same character in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns.
Ben Affleck, who has played the primary Batman in the DCEU since Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and co-starred with Miller in Justice League, will also appear in the film.
Along with Ron Livingston and Maribel Verdù, Kiersey Clemons will play Barry Allen’s love interest, Iris West, in the cast. The Supergirl character, Kara Zor-El, is also introduced in the trailer, while Michael Shannon’s return as General Zod is hinted at.