The race is over, and the results are in: The Flash couldn’t outrun its production and marketing costs. While superheroes typically dominate cinema screens with colossal earnings, the Scarlet Speedster’s solo cinematic debut tells a different tale, culminating in a global box office total of just $268 million.
However, while cinema earnings fell short of expectations, the digital realm provided a silver lining. Since its release on Premium Video On Demand, The Flash has consistently been a strong contender, lingering near the top of VOD charts.
Despite this promising resurgence on digital platforms, it’s difficult to sidestep the theatrical figures. The box office performance, when held against expectations and production costs, marks The Flash as one of the most significant letdowns in the history of comic book movies.
The Flash’s DC Universe future
Warner Bros. Discovery already has a script for a potential sequel to The Flash, written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the man behind the two Aquaman movies starring Jason Momoa. However, James Gunn and Peter Safran did not discuss the Flash sequel during their DC Universe presentation.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller, The Flash also features Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as two separate versions of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl.
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