The Flash Movie: Release Date, Trailer And Other Things We Know

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DC Comics fans have been waiting for a standalone The Flash movie for quite a while now. Warner Bros. first announced plans for Ezra Miller to become the Scarlet Speedster in 2014, and he's had the chance to play the part in David Ayer's Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League, but plans for a solo blockbuster repeatedly shifted as changes were made behind the scenes. It’s almost like Barry Allen himself kept messing up the timeline. But now, at long last, the film is almost here.

Being based around of DC's most popular heroes, The Flash movie is one of the most highly anticipated DC Comics projects... but what exactly can we expect from it? When will it come out? Who is making it? What other characters can we expect to see? It's with the aim of answering all of those questions and more that we have put together this installment of our What We Know So Far guides – which gathers all of the official news that we've heard about the film in one convenient feature. So let's jump in and set the record straight regarding what's happening withe the developing blockbuster.

What Is The Release Date For The Flash Movie?

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After a considerable number of delays, Warner Bros. has officially announced that The Flash will be arriving in theaters on June 16, 2023. It's one of three DC films set for the year, as it's following in the wake of Shazam: Fury Of The Gods and coming out a few months before the release of Aquaman 2 starring Jason Momoa. It's expected to be a key piece of the puzzle as the DC Extended Universe becomes the DC Universe under the stewardship of new DC Studio co-CEOS James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Are There Any Trailers Or Teasers For The Flash Movie?

Following previews that were premiered at the DC-centric virtual events known as DC Fandome in 2020 and 2021, the first official trailer for The Flash premiered during the 2023 Super Bowl. The footage, as seen in the embed above, previews the story of Barry Allen screwing with time to the point that he re-writes history – and in the process he brings a number of exciting characters to the big screen.

What Is The Flash Movie's Rating?

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) won't actual deliver a rating for the solo Flash movie until the movie exists in a form that is ready to play in theaters – but it's still pretty easy to predict how the feature is going to be graded. It's true that DC Comics has been making interesting ventures into R-rated territory in recent years, specifically with the releases of both Todd Phillips' Joker and Cathy Yan's Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), but given that the Scarlet Speedster is a fun, kid-friendly hero, it's hard to imagine the filmmakers and the studio developing the film with anything other than a PG-13 rating. 

Who Is Directing The Flash Movie?

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Strap in, because this is a long journey. In 2015, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter/Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith was set to make his directorial debut with The Flash. However, in 2016 Warner Bros. cut Grahame-Smith's involvement with the project, both citing creative differences as the reason for his departure. Eventually the filmmaker was replaced by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who actually used the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 to discuss his work on the film, but by the end of October in 2016, he too also exited the film.

After a stint in limbo, the project got revitalized in 2018 by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who previously wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man: Homecoming. The filmmakers stepped in to both helm the film and develop the script. Unfortunately their involvement led to creative clashes with Ezra Miller, who began developing a competing screenplay (more on that in a minute), and eventually they too left the film. 

This left a void for IT and IT: Chapter Two's Andy Muschietti to step in, and he ended up being the one to actually get The Flash into production. 

Who Is The Screenwriter For The Flash Movie?

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Much like the situation with the director's chair, Warner Bros. journey to create a proper script for a Flash solo movie has been an arduous one. Years ago The Flash CW TV series and Arrowverse co-creators Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim wrote a version of The Flash movie, but circumstances behind the scenes changed and the studio opted to move forward with a treatment from Phil Lord and Chris Miller that director Seth Grahame-Smith was going to turn into a script. Even when Grahame-Smith left there was some consideration to keep his script in play, but in 2017, Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) signed on to do script rewrites. Then, when circumstances behind the scenes changed again and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were brought on board, they reportedly wanted to take a more comedic approach to The Flash movie. Ezra Miller wanted the film to take a darker approach, however, which is what led him to develop his own script with comic book writer Grant Morrison.

When Andy Muschietti became the new Flash director, Christina Hodson joined as screenwriter. Hodson previously earned acclaim and attention for the work she did on the Transformers spinoff movie Bumblebee, and that in turn led to her first job working within the DC Extended Universe, as she also wrote the script for Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn).

What Is The Story Of The Flash Movie?

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At the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, DC Comics announced The Flash movie would follow the "Flashpoint" storyline – based on the hit crossover event from the comics in 2011. In the source material, Barry makes the decision to travel back in time so that he can try and prevent his mother’s murder, and while he winds up being successful, the Butterfly Effect/Chaos Theory results in the future being totally altered (for example, Bruce Wayne winds up getting killed in an alley behind a movie theater, and it results in Thomas Wayne becoming Batman while Martha Wayne goes insane and becomes The Joker). Unfortunately at this time we don't know exactly how the movie version is going to be different, but at the very least we do know that the project will have a sizable role for the Dark Knight to play... and not just one Dark Knight either!

The Characters And Cast Of The Flash Solo Movie

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With its time travel/multiverse hoping, The Flash is set to feature a large ensemble of fascinating characters. Some of them are faces we've already seen in the DC Extended Universe, some of them are being introduced for the first time. And some are arriving straight from left field. Let's take a closer look!

Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller)

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Despite all of the delays, and the many directors/screenwriter changes, Ezra Miller held on tightly to The Flash solo movie. Following up on Miller's appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League (as well as their brief Arrowverse cameo in 2019), the blockbuster will bring audiences into the life and world of Barry Allen... and watch as he manages to totally upend it with his time travel antics within the Flashpoint plot (and we'll get to know multiple Barrys in the process). The actor has been the subject of much controversy in the runup to the release of The Flash, and they are now in recovery hoping to secure their future in the changing DC Universe.

Iris West (Kiersey Clemons)

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Rick Famuyiwa first hired Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West when he was set to direct The Flash, but her journey playing the character has been a bit... complicated. The character, who is the love interest for Barry Allen and a reporter for the Central City Picture News, was originally meant to make her big screen debut in Zack Snyder's Justice League, but her role wound up being entirely cut out of the theatrical cut (her part was restored for Zack Snyder's Justice League). It's not presently clear if the character's role in The Flash will be affected continuity-wise by her previous performance, but she's definitely back in action in The Flash film and has expressed excitement for what audiences will be seeing in June 2023.

Henry Allen (Ron Livingston)

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Billy Crudup made his first appearance as Henry Allen in Justice League, introducing movie audiences to a key element of The Flash's origin story. As fans know, Henry is in prison because when Barry was a kid, his father was falsely accused of killing his wife, Nora, and was convicted and sentenced. Barry grew up to become a forensic investigator with the police in hopes of someday being able to exonerate his dad, but the Flashpoint storyline will obviously see the hero trying to take a different tactic so that Henry can be a free man again. Unfortunately, Crudup won't be reprising the role due to scheduling conflicts, but the character has been recast and will be played by Office Space star Ron Livingston. 

Nora Allen (Maribel Verdú)

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Given the Flashpoint storyline, it was really only a matter of time before the DC Extended Universe added an actress to play Barry Allen's mother, Nora Allen, and it's been announced that part will be played in the Flash movie by Maribel Verdu. While this will be her first time playing a role in a big studio blockbuster, her filmography is peppered with impressive titles, including Y tu mamá también and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck)

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In January 2019, following the disappointing run of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, Ben Affleck made the announcement that his time playing Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman in the DC Extended Universe was coming to an end. However, developments with The Flash solo movie caused circumstances to change, and Affleck will once again play the Caped Crusader in the 2022 blockbuster. Fans will remember that a certain kind of bond was created between Flash and Batman in Justice League, as the latter recruited the former for the titular team, and it seems their relationship will grow even closer in the upcoming movie.

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Michael Keaton)

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What's more exciting than one Batman appearing in the Flash solo movie? How about two Batmen?! Well, that's exactly what it seems that the production will be delivering. While we don't know all of the details , it was reported in June 2020 that Michael Keaton would be returning to the role of Bruce Wayne in The Flash for the first time since he donned the cape and cowl in 1992's Batman Returns. Keaton was also meant to reprise the role in the Batgirl movie that ended up being cancelled while in post-production.

Supergirl (Sasha Calle)

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While we don't yet know exactly how she will fit into the plot of The Flash movie, one incredibly exciting aspect of the blockbuster is that it will debut a new big screen version of Supergirl. The Kryptonian cousin of Superman will be played by Sasha Calle, and it will not only be her first big studio film, but her first feature ever. While the role will almost surely change her career, the actor is presently best known for playing Lola Rosales on the soap opera The Young And The Restless. The casting announcement was made by Andy Muschietti in mid-February 2021, with the director posting a video of a call telling Calle that she landed the role.

General Zod (Michael Shannon)

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He's back! DC fans will remember meeting Michael Shannon's General Zod in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, and while that movie ended with the Kryptonian villain being killed by Superman, it seems that's nothing that a bit of multiverse hopping can't fix. Zod will be making a comeback in The Flash, and it seems that this time around it will be the responsibility of multiple Barry Allens, Supergirl, and Batman to stop him from annihilating planet Earth so that he can try and save Krypton.

Where Can You Stream Other DC Films?

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If you simply can't contain all of your excitement for the release of The Flash solo film, the good news is that all of Ezra Miller's previous appearances as Barry Allen/The Flash are currently available to stream online. Those of you who have a subscription to HBO Max will find that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad,  Justice League, and Zack Snyder's Justice League are all currently available to watch with just a few clicks of a button. And if you don't currently have access to the streaming service, you can always find all of the blockbusters to purchase at various digital retailers and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Be sure to keep coming back to this feature as we continue to update it with all of the new information that we learn about the project, and to see what other films are set to arrive in the next few years from the world of DC Comics, be sure to check out our Upcoming DC Movies guide.

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