The Flash Might be the First Step Toward a New DCU

by | Feb 13, 2023

Michael Keaton utters the immortal Batman catchphrase after nearly 30 years in the newest trailer of The Flash.

Warner Bros. has dropped yet another look at “The Flash,” and it seems like the film is finally on track to be released after multiple delays.

Ezra Miller made his first appearance as the Scarlet Speedster in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and has ever since then been involved in filming the first Flash movie ever.

The film is an adaptation of the 2011 arc titled “Flashpoint,” which is an adventure spanning across the multiverse, which seems to be the jam for superhero movies right now. The trailer gives us a glimpse of two Barry Allen, both played by Miller (I would have loved to see Grant Gustin from the Flash TV series play the alternate version of the Speedster).

A journey across the multiverse means there are no limits on who might appear, and the big surprise (or not so much of one) is that both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will be reprising their roles as Batman. Yes, there are two Batmen from two different universes.

In addition to Miller, Sasha Calle stars in the movie as Kara Zor-El or Supergirl. This throws away the early speculations of how Calle might be playing an alternate version of Supergirl, one who isn’t Kara Zor-El. Kiersey Clemons will be appearing as Iris West, Barry’s love interest, along with Ron Livingston and Maribel Verdú as his parents.

General Zod will be rising from his ashes in the Man of Steel, as Michael Shannon appears to reprise his role and serve as one of, if not the main antagonist in the film. This indicates that Barry will be returning to a point before the events of Man of Steel, and it will be another Kryptonian that will be going against General Zod this time around.

THE FLASH VENTURES ACROSS TIME TO SAVE HIS MOTHER FROM DYING

Meddling with time has always had some major consequences, but the superheroes seemingly never get the memo. In the Flash’s case, Ezra Miller’s Barry decides to travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother and the subsequent false imprisonment of his father.

Just like every other superhero who has leaped across time, there has been someone wise enough to warn them, and Affleck’s Batman is shown to be exactly that in the trailer. And of course, Barry doesn’t care.

The trailer shows us how Miller encounters a younger version of himself and based on how often the two are shown together, we can assume that Miller is essentially playing a dual role in much of the film. It also showcases the iconic Costume Ring that carries the Flash costume inside it.

The story more or less aligns with the events of Flashpoint, although some details such as any discrepancies that might have appeared in the original Flash’s abilities are not revealed. In any case, we can expect a team-up between the two Flashes in time for the climactic battle.

WHAT THE APPEARANCE OF TWO BATMEN MEANS FOR THE FILM

Yes, there are two Batmans in the film. And yes, this is a really convenient time to bring back one of the previous Batmans considering how much fans loved the appearance of Tobey Maguire and Andrey Garfield’s Spidermen in No Way Home.

To be honest, the news that two Batmans will be appearing in the film is a much bigger deal at this point. Even if it’s not Bale’s Dark Knight, it does give us hope that more cameos might be happening down the line.

From the trailer. it seems like Keaton’s Batman will be getting a more extended presence throughout the story, considering that it’s his timeline that Barry is stuck in. Oh, and Keaton’s version never let himself go, as he still looks great in a Batsuit.

The old Batman will seemingly get much more action rather than just serving as a piggy bank in the movie. The Flash surely has a lot riding on the nostalgia side of its success.

THE VARIOUS DELAYS AND CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE FLASH, EXPLAINED

A Flash movie has actually been in the plans since the 80s, with multiple directors and writers linked with bringing the Speedster to the big screen. However, nothing really came to fruition until the success of 2013’s Man of Steel (although it is ironic how Henry Cavill may never be reprising his role of Superman again).

It was in 2014 that DC announced Miller’s The Flash as a part of its extended slate of films. The character first appeared in the Justice League film, although we had already been familiarized with the Flash’s abilities by the CW series.

Flash forward a few years later, and the studio was still focusing on other projects such as the Suicide Squad spinoff starring Margot Robbie. As discomfort regarding the future of Flash grew, Warner Bros. finally announced that the Flash film will be released in July 2022.

COVID-19 hit just as things started to get on track for the film, which led to an entire catalog of films being delayed. With films still recovering from the pandemic, Warner Bros. shared the first teaser for the film at the DC FanDome in 2021. It was here that the return of Michael Keaton as Batman was confirmed.

This was not the end of it all, however, as it was Ezra Miller’s turn to create disarray this time around. The controversy began with Miller posting a video on Instagram in which the actor threatens members of a Ku Klux Clan chapter (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Look, if y’all want to die, I suggest just killing yourselves with your own guns. OK? Otherwise, keep doing exactly what you’re doing right now — and you know what I am talking about — then, you know, we’ll do it for you, if that’s really what you want. Talk to you soon, OK. Bye.

– Miller

After multiple arrests, disorderly conduct, charges for second-degree assault, and an apology, here we are with an all-new DCU looking up from the horizon as James Gunn became the new co-CEO of DC Studios.

WHERE THE FILM TIES INTO THE FUTURE OF THE DCU

Since James Gunn and Peter Safran have been officially announced to be the new co-CEOs of the DC Studios, the entire DCU has undergone major changes. and the Flash marks the beginnings of it all.

Even with the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, James Gunn has nothing but praise for the upcoming film. According to Deadline, Gunn told reporters that “Flash is probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”

AS Gunn confirmed the future of DCU recently with the announcement of 5 new movies and another 5 TV shows, things became evident that The Flash will bring a big reset, and everything will start from a point according to Gunn and Safran’s vision.

Considering the film is taking its cues from Flashpoint, and how everything is looking, it seems evident that the Flash will end in a reboot event. As for the future of Miller’s Flash, however, things are nothing but blurred.

WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL TO THE FLASH?

Before the DCU planned a reboot, a sequel to the Flash had already been greenlit, and the story had already been written as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a script has been penned hoping that the Flash gets a successful release.

As it turns out, a lot can change in a year. With the canceled Wonder Woman sequel and Cavill’s Superman being shelled just a few months after a teaser return, Ezra Miller’s Flash might be at the forefront of the future of DC. Considering that he serves as the catalyst for the universal reboot, we can expect Miller to reprise his role as Barry Allen for many years, at least if the actor can manage to keep any controversies at bay.