The first reactions to The Flash are in - and they're overwhelmingly positive.


The Warner Bros movie, which stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, is set for release on 16th June and premiered at CinemaCon, with first reactions suggesting it could go down a hit with DC fans despite the movie being plagued by controversy in the run-up to its release.

While the plot is largely being kept under wraps, we know that the Scarlet Speedster will use his superpowers to attempt to change his past by going back in time to alter his mother's fate – and is thrown into the multiverse as a result.

More details were revealed in an epic new trailer, with Keaton's Bruce Wayne telling Miller's Barry Allen: "I lost my parents. That pain made me who I am. I spent a lifetime trying to right the wrongs of the past, as if fighting crimes would bring my parents back. You actually did it."

While we still have some time to wait before The Flash speeds into cinemas, read on for everything you need to know about this much-anticipated chapter in the DC Extended Universe.

The Flash release date

Ezra Miller in The Flash
Ezra Miller in The Flash. Warner Bros

The Flash will hit cinemas on 16th June 2023, a week earlier than its previously announced release date.

The release date has likely been pushed forward by a week to avoid Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which finally announced that it will premiere on 30th June.

The film was originally slated to premiere in cinemas in November 2022.

The movie was then brought forward to June 2022 as part of Warner Bros' response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, before being delayed again by a year.

After months of delays and pre-production, The Flash finally began filming on 26th April 2021.

Fans have already had to wait a very long time to see a standalone film, with Miller having already signed on as long ago as 2014 – so by the time we see the movie, it’ll be almost a decade since the star agreed to play the character. Talk about patience!

Of course in that time the character has appeared in other DC films, but it can surely only be good news that he’s finally getting his own movie.

The Flash cast

Ben Affleck in The Flash
Ben Affleck in The Flash. Warner Bros

Confirmed to star in The Flash are:

  • Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash:
  • Sasha Calle as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl
  • Michael Shannon as General Zod
  • Ron Livingston as Henry Allen
  • Kiersey Clemons as Iris West
  • Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Ezra Miller will take on the lead role of Barry Allen/The Flash. Billy Crudup had to pull out of the role of Barry's father Henry due to scheduling conflicts and has been replaced by The Conjuring's Ron Livingston, who will be joined by Pan's Labyrinth actress Maribel Verdú as Barry's mum Nora.

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Kiersey Clemons has been confirmed to return as Barry's love interest Iris West. Clemons shot scenes for Justice League that were ultimately deleted from the theatrical cut, but were reinstated in the infamous Snyder Cut which has now been released.

There is now a little bit more clarity surrounding those behind the camera. Andy Muschietti, who helmed both parts of the recent big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, will direct from a script by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) – after a string of other names had previously been attached to the project.

And in August 2020 some very surprising news broke about some other stars who would be appearing in the film - with former Batmen Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton both set to reprise their roles as the Caped Crusader.

Muschietti described Affleck's role as "a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie” while speaking to Vanity Fair, adding. “The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before.

Affleck spoke to Variety about the film and said: "It was a really nice way to revisit that as the prior experience had been difficult."

Michael Keaton as Batman in The Flash
Michael Keaton as Batman in The Flash. Warner Bros

Meanwhile, Keaton will recreate his Batman from Tim Burton's 1989 movie and its 1992 sequel, with Muschietti describing it as a “substantial” part - and one of a number of the alternate-dimension heroes who would feature as we’ve seen before.

Speaking of reprising the role, Keaton said to Collider: "[It was] weirdly and ironically easy. A little bit emotional. Just a rush of memories. Without giving anything away, which I can’t, basically the first shot, not of the entire movie but let’s say the introduction [of Batman], is so good that when we walked on and started talking about a couple of shots and the angles, I went 'whoa, this is big. This is great.' I don’t even mean for me. Just the imagery, it’s great. And reminiscent, to some degree, of Tim Burton."

It seems like The Flash will be stuffed full of superheroes - as well as the two Batmans, The Young and Reckless star Sasha Calle will make her debut as the DCEU's Supergirl.

What's more, The Flash footage has teased the return of Michael Shannon.

The actor was last seen as Zod in 2013’s Man of Steel, but a trailer shown at CinemaCon 2022 teased his return in the DC multiverse movie.

The multiverse angle has prompted rumours that several more alternate versions of DC superheroes could appear, however - from a different dimension Wonder Woman to Brandon Routh's Superman. Even Smallville's Tom Welling admitted that he was open to appearing after he reprised his role as Clark Kent in the recent Crisis on Infinite Earths event.

One person that will not be appearing, however, is Ray Fisher's Cyborg. He was originally set to feature in the film but has since been removed and he stated that "despite the misconception, Cyborg's involvement was much larger than a cameo".

What is The Flash movie about?

Ezra Miller as The Flash/Barry Allen in The Flash
Ezra Miller as The Flash/Barry Allen in The Flash. YouTube/Warner Bros

According to previous announcements, the film will follow events of the Flashpoint comic, which sees the creation of an alternate timeline due to the Flash attempting to travel back in time to save his mother.

Miller has gone on record to say that “our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality” which certainly sounds, erm, intriguing.

And we now know a little bit more about the multiverse that will reportedly be explored in the film, with director Andy Muschietti claiming that the movie is, "a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid.

"It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”

Muschietti further added that the film will explore the relationship between The Flash and Batman, telling Vanity Fair, "It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think.

"They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in. I’m glad to be collaborating with someone who has been on both sides of the camera, too. He understands.”

As for filming, the movie shot in multiple places but most interesting to us is that Gotham City scenes were filmed in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Is there a trailer for The Flash?

The latest trailer was released in April to coincide with CinemaCon.

Watch it below:

For more DC watching, you can pre-order Zack Snyder's Justice League on Amazon. If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Movies hub for all the latest news.


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