Warner Bros.’ The Flash movie is finally happening, giving Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen a highly-anticipated solo film in the DC Extended Universe. The studio announced plans for The Flash back in 2014 after Miller was cast as the Scarlet Speedster for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Production continued on the movie as he made additional appearances in Suicide Squad and Justice League, although DCEU’s unclear future post-Zack Snyder has thrown everything into question. After many starts and stops, Ezra Miller’s The Flash movie is on the way.
The Flash is one of the most iconic DC superheroes in existence. There have been multiple characters who have taken on the mantle of the Scarlet Speedster in the comics, and the character is synonymous in pop culture with the concept of super speed. With an easily recognizable character, and with the popularity of superhero movies at its peak, it would seem like making The Flash movie would be incredibly easy, especially when Ezra Miller was the first cast in 2014.
Here is everything you need to know about Warner Bros.’ The Flash movie.
The Flash Movie Trailer
Warner Bros. has already started promoting The Flash too, as the teaser trailer debuted during DC FanDome 2021. It provides a glimpse at the film’s multiverse story but still keeps plenty of elements a mystery. After numerous delays, fans will hopefully only have to wait a little bit more to finally see how The Flash shapes the future of the DCEU.
The Flash Release Date
The Flash races into theatres on June 23, 2023, after being pushed back from November 4, 2022. The Flash has had so many release dates over the last seventeen years, it’s actually amazing that the film is finally coming to the big screen. Even if we’re just focusing on the DCEU version of the speedster, he was originally meant to get his own film back in 2016. Yeah, it’s safe to say that didn’t happen.
From there, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen was slated to arrive in March 2018, before being pushed when writer-director Seth Graeme-Green left the project due to the age-old answer: “Creative differences.” Interesting. Anyway, Warner Bros then aimed for a 2021 release date, due to Ezra Miller’s commitments to another franchise – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Like most movies set for the last year or so, The Flash has then been delayed even further thanks to the pandemic. But with acclaimed horror movie director Andy Muschietti onboard, it finally seemed like Barry Allen’s luck had finally changed.
The movie started production in April 2021 and finished filming in early October 2021 – although plenty of photos and videos from the set made their way online so fans already got a good look at some of the characters in the story.
The Flash Cast
Ezra Miller leads the movie as two versions of Barry Allen, but The Flash‘s cast includes many other returning DCEU (or DC) characters. Kiersey Clemons reprises her role as Iris West from Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the film introduces Sasha Calle as Supergirl. The Flash also includes two versions of Batman, as Ben Affleck returns as the DCEU’s Dark Knight and Michael Keaton reprise his role from Tim Burton’s Batman franchise. The movie is also confirmed to bring back Man of Steel‘s General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora-Ul (Antje Traue). There are even rumors of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman appearing in The Flash. The film’s cast also sees Maribel Verdú play Barry Allen’s mom and Ron Livingston replace Billy Crudup as Henry Allen.
Plot details for The Flash movie are still mostly a secret, but it is known that the film has a multiverse story. It is confirmed to be a reinvention of the classic Flashpoint storyline from the comics, which sees Barry Allen travel back in time to prevent his mother’s murder at Reverse-Flash’s hand.
Obviously, anyone who’s ever watched time travel movies, like Back to the Future or The Butterfly Effect, will know that changing something in the past will have drastic repercussions in the future.
His actions result in a very different universe, though. The film will also see him travel through the multiverse, as both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will reprise their roles as their respective Batmen. And also, there will be Miller’s two Barry Allens. This has led to speculation that the movie will reset the DCEU timeline in some fashion, giving Warner Bros. a cleaner slate moving forward.