‘The Flash’ CinemaCon Ending Didn’t Feature George Clooney’s Batman

The Flash almost had a different ending!

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A new report has revealed that Warner Bros. showcased an intriguing alternate ending for The Flash at CinemaCon.

In the theatrical release of The Flash, following a crucial trial scene, Barry Allen finds himself in conversation with Bruce Wayne. It’s the sudden appearance of George Clooney, reprising his role from 1997’s Batman & Robin, that leaves Barry perplexed and audiences waiting for more before the credits roll.

According to io9, Warner Bros. screened a different version of The Flash at CinemaCon. After the trial, Barry speaks with Bruce. As a car stops and mysterious feet step out, tension builds. Barry abruptly exclaims, “Who the f–k is this guy?” leading directly into the credits. CinemaCon audiences never saw George Clooney or any other actor as Bruce.

While George Clooney made a memorable appearance as Bruce Wayne in The Flash, he isn’t anticipated to don the cowl in upcoming DC projects. The studio’s new leadership duo, James Gunn and Peter Safran, are on the hunt for a fresh face to fill the shoes of Batman in the upcoming movie The Brave and the Bold.

The choice to showcase two distinct endings is intriguing. One might speculate that the incorporation of George Clooney’s The Flash cameo in theaters was to tap into a sense of nostalgia. Conversely, the surprise cliffhanger at CinemaCon might have been strategically unveiled to ignite discussions and speculation, while also ensuring the cameo didn’t leak ahead of the film’s theatrical release.

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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Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.