THE FLASH Trailer Tackles an Emotional Past

The big reset at DC Studios is already underway. New co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran have already shared their plan for transitioning from the DCEU to the DCU, but it won’t truly begin until The Flash comes to theaters. The time-traveling epic will change much of what we know about the franchise. But the movie’s newest, emotional trailer is the latest reminder The Flash only needs to do one thing to promote itself. And that has nothing to do with what it means for the DCU. It just needs to remind us it will bring back Michael Keaton as Batman. (It doesn’t exactly hurt the rest of the movie looks fantastic.)

Michael Keaton’s Batman should run for President. Does anyone, real or fictional, have a higher approval rating? This isn’t really his movie, though. It’s a super team up about what defines us and how we deal with it. He’s part of a much bigger story that will span time and multiple worlds. Here’s the film’s official synopsis for DC Studios:

Worlds collide in The Flash when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?

Michael Keaton's Batman in his suit without his cowl and with gold plated arms in The Flash
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Directed by Andy Muschietti (the IT films, Mama) with a screenplay by Christina Hodson, this trailer certainly makes it look like The Flash could deliver on Gunn’s hype. Its production predates his position as head of the DCU’s creative side, but he’s all in on this film. Before this latest trailer’s debut he called the movie “ extraordinary.”

This trailer certainly is. As is the cast. Joining Ezra Miller and Keaton to save the multiverse from Michael Shannon’s Zod is Sasha Calle as Supergirl. The film also stars Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons, and Antje Traue.

The Flash speeds into theaters in North America on June 16, 2023. But it’ll be even faster getting into ones internationally. It will arrive around for the rest of the world on June 14. Are we jealous? Of course! They get two extra days with Keaton’s Batman. We know fooling with the past causes problems, but any chance Barry Allen can do something about that?

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