A cinematic feature film for DC Comics’ The Flash was first announced way back in 2014. Since then, we’ve had several appearances by Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster in movies like Justice League and Suicide Squad, as well as some TV cameos. Not to mention eight seasons of a Flash TV series with a totally different actor under the cowl. But at long last, Ezra Miller’s version of Barry Allen is arriving in theaters in 2023. And he’s bringing some friends with him. Here’s everything we know so far about the Flash’s cinematic solo debut.
Despite early reports that this film was to be called Flashpoint, based on the DC Comics event of the same name, it will simply be called The Flash. Sure, there is already a TV series of the same name. Brand confusion? It’s a thing of the past.
The Flash’s Plot
Based on the DC FanDome 2021 trailer, it appears that The Flash is indeed loosely adapting the 2011 DC event series Flashpoint. In that story, Barry Allen uses his super-speed powers to run into the past, preventing his mother’s murder from taking place when he was a child. But when he returns to his present, he finds things are drastically changed. In the film version, it looks like Barry will somehow alter time and space and bring in Michael Keaton’s Batman from the classic Tim Burton films. Also in this altered universe is a new version of Supergirl, and at least one alternate Barry. Flash will also receive a sleek new costume in the film, replacing the one he used in Justice League.
Behind the Scenes
In the years since the film’s initial announcement, many directors have come and gone. However, It and It: Chapter two director Andy Muschietti helms The Flash. The film’s final screenplay is from Birds of Prey and Batgirl screenwriter Christina Hodson, with a story by Hodson, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein.
The Flash‘s Cast
Ezra Miller returns to his role as Barry Allen/Flash, alongside Kiersey Clemons (Iris West), Sasha Calle (Supergirl), Ron Livingston (Henry Allen), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Antje Traue (Faora), and two distinct Dark Knights—Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as their universes’ respective Batman. And given the multiversal aspect of this movie, we do expect some surprise cameos. Ezra Miller guest-starred in Grant Gustin’s The Flash series, maybe Grant will return the favor? Only time will tell.
The Flash’s Release Date
The Flash speeds into theaters on June 23, 2023.
Originally published on March 8, 2022.