The Flash Trailers Reaction

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WB treated us to two new The Flash trailers, signaling the coming end of the old DCEU.

The Flash stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batman, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Sasha Calle as Supergirl, and Ron Livingston as Henry Allen.

The first trailer was the Super Bowl TV spot that featured some cool images but was mainly created to get people to go watch the longer trailer that featured even more footage. The bulk of this review will focus on the longer trailer because it has more content and almost all of what’s shown in the TV spot is in the full trailer. What it does have that the full trailer doesn’t have are a cool clip showing off the new suit and a clip of Supergirl shouting at what I assume is either Barry or Zod.

What both trailers feature is the return of Michael Keaton as Batman. His suit is exactly like his old one, complete with a big yellow symbol and a neck that won’t move. He’s doing a lot of moves that he didn’t do in his original films, which surprise me because Michael Keaton is 71. Movie magic I guess.

The official trailer looks like both an adaptation of the Flashpoint and a remake of Man of Steel with Flash as the main hero. No word yet on if the movie will feature the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman or if Michael Keaton will be playing Thomas Wayne instead of Bruce. Zod is coming to Earth and The Flash, his friend other Flash, Batman, and a newly discovered Supergirl have to team up to defeat him. 

I’m still on the fence about Ezra Miller, and if this is his last Flash movie then so be it. It took forever for this movie to come out and during that time Ezra Miller was actively destroying his reputation. I doubt this movie will help him too much, even if it does end up being a well made film. Still, the other talent involved with the movie has me interested in seeing it.

The film’s production taking so long really hurt it, because nothing really stands out visually in this movie. I’ve seen Batman doing Batman stuff, Kryptonians throw stuff around, and I’ve seen the Flash running before. What will have to really make the film appealing is the story, which the script itself has gone through countless rewrites and duty changes.

The only thing that makes me have some hope for this movie is that James Gunn has seen it and liked it. If there’s one person in the comic book industry that I have my full faith in, it’s him. I don’t know how much of an impact he has had on the production of that movie because of his new role, but every superhero project he makes is gold in my opinion and hopefully he wasn’t just being a good employee and giving phony praise like every actor who worked on The Rise of Skywalker did.

I will wrap this reaction up by saying that I do believe this movie has the potential to be great. I’ll give it its chance, and if it is actually good I’ll make sure I reflect that in my future review. The trailers make it seem like a fine movie but also a very DCEU movie and if it’s more like one of the lesser DC movies, I’ll be pointing that out too.

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