The Flash is upon us, and what a stellar collision course of DC cinematic worlds it really is. Simply because the promotional materials promised, we not solely see Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) headline his personal movie because the Scarlet Speedster, however we’d additionally get a glimpse into DC’s personal model of the multiverse. This has already occurred on the Marvel aspect of issues on just a few events together with the Disney+ collection Loki and movies like Dr. Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity and Spider-Man: No Manner Residence. Even the most recent animated journey for the web-slinger takes us on a trek by way of a number of universes in Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse. Whereas DC is likely to be late to the sport relating to a theatrical depiction of its multiverse, it actually doesn’t disappoint.
In The Flash, Barry has his work minimize out for him in no small half attributable to his personal self-serving actions. However it’s finally a humorous movie with a copious quantity of coronary heart. Whereas we’re urged to a return of Michael Keaton’s Batman and a take a look at a contemporary tackle Supergirl, there’s a progress story on the core of this movie that sees Barry finally problem his personal wishes to vary the previous with the concept his personal private tragedies solid the individual that he has grow to be. There’s a lot to like in The Flash, however let’s break down just a few of the most effective moments inside its 2-hour and 24-minute runtime.
It ought to go with out saying, however watch out for spoilers forward for The Flash.
Batman, Surprise Girl, infants, and a canine
All the most effective superhero movies have the wildest introductions. The Flash stands supreme amongst them with the most effective glances at “a day within the life” of Barry Allen. Whereas ready for an obnoxious employee to craft his favored sandwich on the native deli, he will get a name from Batman to save lots of a Gotham Metropolis hospital. The place’s the Darkish Knight in all of this you would possibly ask? Properly, he’s saving the complete metropolis from a gaggle of unhealthy guys who might presumably kill a lot of town’s inhabitants with some stolen, unsavory items.
Because the Gotham hospital collapses from its basis, Barry should save a number of falling infants, a canine, and a nurse who’re plummeting to their potential deaths amid the crumbling infrastructure of the constructing. Whereas saving infants and a foolish canine together with his tongue flapping within the air at risk may appear traumatic, the entire slow-mo affair is somewhat hysterical as supposed. Throughout Barry’s speedy heroic second, he has to cram meals down his gullet from a tumbling merchandising machine to gasoline his ultra-fast metabolism and his rescue try. After saving the infants, the canine, and the nurse, he races to assist Batman. However Surprise Girl will get there first. As she entangles the 2 in her Lasso of Fact to save lots of the day, each Batman and Barry admit to some hilariously insightful particulars about their private lives. There are many chuckles to go round on this raucous intro.
When Barry alters one minor element in a bid to save lots of his mom from sure demise, he returns to the long run and is elated to study his mom remains to be alive. Nevertheless, he’s horrified to see his youthful teenage self enter the image residing a seemingly slacker life as a university child. As Barry makes an attempt to determine the principles of time journey on the fly, he realizes his youthful teenage self had higher get hold of the Flash powers, or else he’ll lose his and gained’t be capable to return to his precise current day (which remains to be additional sooner or later).
After he takes younger Barry into the CPD and positions him in the identical spot the place the lightning struck him in his personal timeline, all the things goes awry. Barry loses his powers within the lightning strike whereas teenage Barry positive aspects the powers. After bringing teenage Barry again to his condominium, the excitable child assessments out his powers earlier than Barry may even get a phrase in. He races throughout city after which has a freak-out second when his garments catch fireplace attributable to air friction. He then causes a collection of damages whereas rising from the second stark bare on the street.
This one actually goes with out saying. Let’s face it, Michael Keaton’s return as Batman is likely one of the biggest draws for folks to go see this film. When it finally happens, it’s wholly satisfying and has many of us ’80s kids reveling in the nostalgia trip. Having seemingly retired, Keaton’s Bruce Wayne eventually decides to saddle up once again as the Dark Knight to aid the two Barrys in retrieving Superman from a Russian black site. Of course, they learn that it’s actually Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) who is being kept there instead.
Still, witnessing Keaton’s Batman in action taking out the guards and paramilitary element is a spectacle to behold. What’s even better is later seeing Bruce smile after it all in a clear indication that he’s missed this. He’s missed being Batman. It’s a facial expression that communicates far more than any words could and caps off an incredible action sequence.
Barry embraces his mom
While we could discuss the incredible glimpse across the multiverse where we get to see CGI recreations of Christopher Reeves as Superman as well as the legendary Tim Burton incarnation of the Man of Steel (animated with Nic Cage’s likeness) that never saw the light of day, there is one moment that is far more impactful than any amount of fan service. Barry’s entire journey in the film begins with his unrelenting love for his mother who was killed by a home intruder when he was a young boy. He ultimately learns that as much as he’d like to change the past, it will forever alter reality and unravel who he’s become as a person.
Barry decides to head back into the past to “undo” what he had done to save his mother. In doing so, he encounters her in the grocery store and can hardly hold back the tears. She sees him as a stranger in need of comfort, encouragement, and a hug. But to Barry, the embrace is everything. Anyone who’s ever lost a loved one will be empathetic to Barry’s pain and simultaneously moved by the prospect of receiving just one more hug. It may not be our reality, but it’s a heartfelt idea that ultimately gives Barry a sense of closure and the strength to move forward.
Is that … George Clooney?
We know that the DCEU is about to experience a change of great magnitude under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran. There’s still a lot of speculation as to whether some actors will remain in their respective roles as DC heroes and who will be entering the picture amid the shake-up. While we know that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are exiting their roles as Superman and Batman respectively, there was always potential for The Flash to be a means of answering a few questions regarding the future of the DCU. But it actually leaves more questions than answers concerning the future DCU. Even though, Barry set things right (mostly), like the Flashpoint comic book storyline the film is based on, there are still minor butterfly-effect ripples that change key details going forward.
When Barry exits the courthouse from his father’s successful appeal for innocence, the rejuvenated hero looks to the streets as Bruce Wayne’s car approaches. Amid the paparazzi flurry, the incarnation of Bruce Wayne that emerges from the vehicle is none other than George Clooney. Barry even emphatically states, “Who the f*** is that?” giving the film its one and only F-bomb. It’s a fun twist, that fans will enjoy through the simple understanding that George Clooney’s incarnation of the Dark Knight is recognized as the worst in the character’s on-screen legacy. Clooney obviously has a great sense of humor and jumped aboard for the cameo.
The Flash is playing in theaters nationwide.