“The Flash,” based on the DC Comics character of the same name, was released theatrically in 2023 under director Andres Muschietti with an all-star cast including Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle and Michael Shannon as stars. Receiving mixed reviews (7.2/10 on IMDb), its runtime of 2 hours 24 minutes was first shown at an IMDb Premiere screening on June 16, 2023 following numerous delays due to director changes, COVID-19 pandemic setbacks postproduction setbacks as well as controversy surrounding Ezra Miller himself.
The Flash (2023) Trailer
Barry Allen, better known as The Flash, uses his super speed to alter past events and save his family from disaster. Unknowingly traveling back in time in an attempt to do just that and creating an alternate timeline where General Zod has returned and superheroes no longer exist is dangerous indeed; trapped within this reality Barry must race against time to restore what he knows – both external forces as well as internal conflicts arise, forcing him to learn of its consequences as they emerge.
Reviews and Box Office Performance
“The Flash” proved disappointing at the global box office despite initial anticipation. After an uneventful opening weekend and significant decline during its second weekend, “The Flash” has become one of the biggest box office bombs ever with projected losses totaling $200 million for Warner Bros. Critics acknowledged the film’s humor, direction, musical score, but criticized its screenplay, third act and visual effects as potential weaknesses.
The Flash (2023) Cast
- Ezra Miller as Barry Allen
- Sasha Calle as Kara / Supergirl
- Michael Shannon as General Zod
- Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman (alternate version)
- Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman (uncredited appearance)
- Ron Livingston as Henry Allen (Barry’s father)
- Kiersey Clemons as Iris West
“The Flash” encountered setbacks and controversy, yet still managed to create an original narrative by exploring the consequences of changing past events; showing Barry Allen/The Flash struggling in a world without superheroes. Although its box office performance and reviews weren’t stellar, “The Flash” left its mark on the DCEU as it gave audiences new insights into this iconic character.