The Flash raises the stakes of the DC Universe higher than they ever have before as Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen struggles to save the timeline and the multiverse. A new TV spot highlights the film’s lack of a proper Justice League appearance.
The Flash has had a troubled development throughout the DC Universe, with shake-ups to the status quo seemingly changing many parts of the film. Early rumors suggested that Wonder Woman and Aquaman would make cameo appearances in the film just like in the Flashpoint comic, though it’s unclear if they are still in the final cut. With a recent trailer confirming Henry Cavill’s Superman will only be seen from a distance, it seems as though Ben Affleck’s Batman will be the only Justice League member to appear alongside Ezra Miller.
Luckily for fans, the Justice League’s absence in The Flash seems to at least get addressed in the film. Upon finding himself in a new universe, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen reflects on being all alone, with only Michael Keaton’s Batman able to help him in a world with no Superman, Wonder Woman, or Aquaman. The full TV spot can be seen below:
Warner Bros. and DC Studios have kept a tight lock on the post-credits scene for The Flash, with it seemingly not being shown until the film’s official premiere. It’s unclear if any member of the Justice League would appear in the scene, or if it would address their absence going forward in the DCU. Regardless, fans can at least rest easy that the old guard of the DC Extended Universe may be gone, but won’t be forgotten.
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. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso and Luke Brandon Field are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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