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DC’s ‘The Flash’: Everything You Need to Know

Will it live up to the hype?

Watch as worlds collide in the upcoming DC superhero film, The Flash. This marks the first time the red speedster will lead a DC film at Warner Brothers.

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Credit: WarnerBros.com

DC’s The Flash promises to give fans the ultimate movie experience packed with action, a stellar cast, humor, and tear-jerking nostalgia that will make you want to watch it again. With James Gunn taking the helm at DC and scraping off multiple projects, The Flash escaped unscathed and is set for its theatrical release in 2023. While this should be exciting for most DC fans, the lead star in the movie, Ezra Miller, has caused numerous setbacks before the Flash’s solo debut on the silver screen. But the film is finally seeing the light of day.  So here is everything you need to know about DC’s  The Flash movie!

The Flash Release Date:

Flash and Supergirl

Credit: The Flash (2023)

The Flash is the second DC film to hit theaters in 2023 after Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Viewers and movie critics saw the film during the Warner Brothers Studio showcase at 2023’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Although the Flash film was supposed to release in 2018, the film was hounded by numerous delays. Previous release dates include July 2022, June 2022, November 2022, and June 23rd, 2023. The Flash’s final release date is June 16th, 2023

The Flash Plot Details:

The flash running

Credit: The Flash (2023)

While the plot of this DC film had been speculative for a long time, the full trailer released during the Super Bowl gave us enough details about what to expect. Barry Allen travels back in time to try and save his mother before she is killed, and his life changes forever—a story we’ve seen in The Flash TV and animated series. In the Flashpoint storyline, Barry’s attempt to save his parents changes the past and the future. According to the CinemaCon trailer, General Zod is about to take over Earth in this new timeline, there are no meta-humans, and Superman is nowhere in sight.

General Zod

Credit: The Flash (2023)

General Zod’s appearance also means that the flash would change the events of SupermanMan of Steel. This is fitting, considering this is the movie that started the DCU ten years ago; and also acted as the foundation for other DCU films that came after. Returning to the beginning and rewriting it also means a new start for the DCU franchise.

Supergirl in the flash

Credit: The Flash (2023)

This movie also serves as Sasha Calle’s debut as Supergirl in the DCEU. But this Supergirl isn’t the friendly and kind-hearted version we’ve seen in recent adaptations like CW’s Supergirl with Mellisa Benoist. For help, Barry will have to seek assistance from this earth’s version of himself. Making this character-driven film more complicated than other adaptations. This storyline will give fans an emotional and thrilling end to the Snyderverse. 

The Flash Cast:

DC’s 'The Flash': Everything You Need to Know

Credit: The Flash (2023)

Ezra Miller was cast as Barry Allen/The Flash in the DCEU in 2014. Since then, he’s appeared in several DC movies and shows like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zach Snyder’s Justice League, 2016’s Suicide SquadArrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths in 2019, and Peacemaker. Additional stars include Sasha Calle as Kara Zor-El, Michael Keaton as Batman, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Ron Livingston plays Henry Allen, Barry’s father, Maribel Verdu plays Nora Allen, and Kiersey Clemons plays Iris West-Barry’s love interest.

Michael Keaton as Batman

Credit: The Flash (2023)

While Michael Shannon’s General Zod is alive, a different Batman sits in the Batcave. Michael Keaton fans will be in for a nostalgic treat as this movie is reportedly set 30 years after Keaton’s Batman Returns. Michael Shannon revealed on the Bingeworthy podcast that he was reluctant to reprise his role as Zod because of his relationship with Zack Snyder. But after getting his blessing, he went on to do it.

While a cameo from Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is expected in this movie, Henry Cavill is unlikely to return as Superman, given the recent DC shakeup. After the success of having three Spider-Men in Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans assumed that CW Flash’s Grant Gustin would make an appearance as well. Sadly, Gustin revealed in an interview with TVLine that he would not appear in the Flash movie despite the rumors. But Andrew Garfield also said the same thing before his appearance in No Way Home. So we’ll have to wait and see. 

Who is Making DC’s The Flash?

The flash team

Credit: WarnerBros.com

When Warner Brothers recruited James Gunn to be the co-CEO of DC Studios, it meant numerous changes to DCEU’s future, including the end of the Snyder verse. So when it was announced that The Flash was going forward at DC, fans wondered who would direct it after Zack Snyder’s and other directors like Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s departure.

Two Ezra millers

Credit: The Flash (2023)

While Daley and Goldstein are still credited for the screen story, they were set to direct the film before Andrés Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti took over. The sibling filmmakers praised Miller’s mental and physical dedication to the film and effort to improve their mental health. Muschietti even called Miller one of the best actors he’s dealt with at CinemaCon. He said, ‘I had a chance to work with one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. They bring the emotion, the humor. They wanted to do all the stunts, and I let them‘. Despite Snyder no longer being the creative force behind the DCEU, The Flash seems to pay homage to previous Snyder movies like Superman: Man of Steel and could be the best ending original DCEU fans will get.

The Flash Trailer

Warner Brothers released the first trailer of DC’s The Flash on February 12th at the 2023 Superbowl. And despite the drama surrounding Ezra Miller, the reception was still better than expected. 

In the second official trailer released during CinemaCon Las Vegas, Warner Brothers confirmed the flashpoint storyline with Supergirl and Michael Keaton’s Batman.

The Future of Ezra Miller as The Flash in DC

With James Gunn soft rebooting the DCEU, many fans were curious about the Flash’s character in the DCEU. Not only because of how hard it is to build a world around this character but because of the movie’s star, Ezra Miller. Miller has had plenty of off-screen drama, including legal issues and a series of arrests in Hawaii. On August 15th, Miller released a rare statement apologizing for his actions and revealing they were battling mental health issues and were seeking help.

Ezra Miller

Credit: The Flash (2023)

Because of these troubling allegations, DC fans have called for a boycott of the movie and a recast of Miller as the red speedster. But with all the work that has gone into this $200 million film, it may be too late for Warner Brothers to make any changes. Although it is rumored Miller won’t be doing press tours to promote the movie before its June 16th release.

The Flash releases exclusively in theaters June 16

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