The Flash starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen has been delayed so often, it’s hard to believe it is finally being released June 16, 2023. It was initially scheduled for March 23, 2018 but was pushed back multiple times, most recently by the pandemic. Today DC released the official movie poster shown below and in a surprising move, is debuting the new trailer during the Super Bowl February 11.
A 30 second commercial on the Super Bowl this year costs $7 million, according to Forbes magazine. The fact DC is spending that kind of money to promote what has been an on/off film for so long is really surprising. It seems the film is being pushed hard due to earning the highest test-score ratings in DCEU history.
Directed by Andres Mushietti, the film’s budget soared to $300 million and star Ezra Miller’s bizarre behavior off the set caused the film to be nearly scrapped several times. Miller reportedly choked a woman, was arrested several times after punching people, and is even accused of armed robbery. Many fans called for his removal from the project.
The film also features Michel Keaton’s return to the role of Batman along with cameos from Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) who starred with Ezra Miller as The Flash in Justice League. There is even an appearance of the late Christopher Reeve as Superman in CGI form.
The plot revolves around the Flash trying to change his past and bring back his mom by time-traveling which brings him face to face with not only Reeves, but Adam West (Batman), Helen Slater (Supergirl), and Linda Carter (Wonder Woman). This sounds reminiscent of the plot of season 1 episode “Fast Enough” of The Flash show starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash that followed a similar story causing him to break time having to deal with the repercussions.
During James Gunn’s recent announcement outlining the future plans for the DCEU, he stated The Flash would be the film that “resets” the DC Universe and the “Worlds Collide” tagline on the poster above seems to be the hint of this reset.
The reaction of those that have seen the test screenings have been overwhelming positive calling it humorous, thrilling, emotional, and easily the best DC film to date. After so many lack-luster DC films including The Justice League, Wonder Woman 1984, and Black Adam, the studio definitely needs a hit. We will have to see The Flash pulls it off when it finally hits theaters June 16.