‘The Flash’: Release Date, Cast, Plot

If you’ve so much as glanced at the news last year—pick your outlet of choice, really!—you know where we’re going with this: Ezra Miller. Back in 2014, DC made the actor its big-screen Flash. Things actually went pretty well. Miller’s Barry Allen was one of the few bright spots of the soon-to-be-extinct DC Extended Universe, with fans enjoying their character so much that Warner Bros. announced a “solo movie” for the hero. Directed by It‘s Andy Muschietti and co-starring Michael Keaton’s Batman (!), the film now has a very expensive-looking CinemaCon trailer, which you can view below.

Don’t forget: over the course of damn near all of 2022, The Flash news cycle turned ugly. Miller faced what feels like innumerable accusations of grooming, robbery, and physical assault, in addition to numerous arrests and, eventually, criminal charges. If this gives you a sense of the enormity of the trouble Miller is in, we have a separate story dedicated to the accusations, arrests, and criminal implications. For our purposes here, though, we need to figure out what’s going on with The Flash, and how it fits into James Gunn’s DC slate. The answer, you guessed it, is complicated. Unveiling the new trailer, Muschietti told the audience at CinemaCon that Miller is, “One of the best actors I’ve ever worked with.” Muschietti continued, according to Deadline, continued to praise him as an “incredible comedian” and capable of “all the action required for a big spectacle like this.” So, we know where the studio stands. But what do the fans think? Here’s everything we know about The Flash right now.

What is The Flash Actually About?

Amidst Miller’s legal troubles, it’s easy to forget that The Flash is more or less a finished movie that hundreds of people worked on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will see “Flash go back in time to prevent the murder of his mother, an act that proves to have unintended consequences for his timeline.” This means that The Flash will adapt the popular “Flashpoint” storyline from the comics, sending Barry Allen traversing through time to save his mother, which causes a butterfly effect that essentially resets the DC universe. This has been tentatively confirmed by The Flash‘s trailer, which shows multiple versions of Allen linking up with Batman. In the comics, many more DC characters are involved, such as the evil Reverse-Flash and an alternate-reality version of Batman who is Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne. Both characters seem to be remixed for the story laid out in The Flash trailer, as Barry meets a version of himself decked out in yellow garb and two Bat-actors (!) from previous DC films, played by Keaton and Ben Affleck.

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Regardless, if you ask Muschietti, we’re in for a ride when we see the film. “My Flash is not gonna be light or dark in tone, it’s gonna have everything,” Muschietti said at DC’s Fandome event. “If you saw my previous movies like It and It [Chapter] 2, you’ll notice that I like to put everything in it. What you will see in Flash is a very deep, emotional story, but it’s also gonna very funny and a great, epic adventure at the same time. [But] also terrifying for some of the time… get ready.”

OK, So The Flash Is Hitting Theaters After All?

Yes. Back in August, The Hollywood Reporter gave us some insight regarding what, exactly, Warner Bros. planned to do with The Flash. Apparently, there were a couple of potential paths being considered. The first is that Miller found professional help, gave an interview explaining their recent behavior, and The Flash hits theaters on its planned release date. The second scenario would see Warner Bros. still distribute the movie, but keep Miller’s press availability minimal. It seems as if there’s been some combination of the two, with Vanity Fair reporting that Miller gave an in-person apology to Warner Bros. at its Burbank, CA studios. Plus, The Wrap recently reported that Miller filmed new scenes for The Flash, during a batch of reshoots for the film. TBD on that Big Interview, but The Flash is most definitely a go. The film will hit theaters on June 16. 2023.

Ezra Miller Will Be Done as the Flash After The Flash, Right? Right?!

BZZZZZZZ! Wrong! The literal novel’s worth of words that have been given to Miller’s abominable legal troubles may not have any bearing on their job prospects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aquaman writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick penned a script for a Flash sequel. Why, you ask? As THR puts it, “in case that movie, to be released… does well.”Translated: money rules. “Ezra is completely committed to their recovery,” new DC Studios co-head Peter Safran told Deadline in a recent announcement. “We’re fully supportive of that journey that they’re on right now. When the time is right, when they feel they are ready to have the discussion, we’ll all figure out what the best way forward is, but right now, they are completely focused on their recovery. And in our conversations with them over the last couple of months, it feels like they’re making enormous progress.” If The Flash works, audiences will get more. There’s not much else to say here.

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Josh Rosenberg is an Assistant Editor at Esquire, keeping a steady diet of one movie a day. His past work can be found at Spin, CBR, and on his personal blog at Roseandblog.com.

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