At long last, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for “The Flash,” the latest superhero entry in the DCEU. The film follows the titular speedster (Ezra Miller), who uses his powers to travel back in time and undo the murder of his mother. But in doing so, he inadvertently alters the future. A future in which sees a world without metahumans. Now on a quest to return everything to the way it was, Barry must work with a very different Batman (Michael Keaton) and a Supergirl (Sasha Calle).
The Flash has experienced a few setbacks, which includes a rotation of a number of directors and writers, as well as being pushed back due to the pandemic. But this first trailer is finally our first look at the film that has been put on hold ever since IT director Andy Muschietti completed principle photography. So Super Bowl LVII seems like the perfect time to give us a look at what could be the end of the DCEU and the start of James Gunn’s launch of a new superhero-shared universe.
As the trailer reveals, the film pulls from The Flashpoint storyline, which follows Barry’s decision to save his mother from being murdered. But in doing so, he creates a world where he isn’t a speedster, Bruce’s father and mother survive but Bruce doesn’t, there is no Superman, and more. Of course, Barry realizes the mistake he has made and does all he can to undo it. So while the film doesn’t mirror the comics, it will take a few creative liberties to retell that story. Like how General Zod (Michael Shannon) wreaks havoc on planet Earth, and how Batman looks very different from the one Barry knows.
“The Flash also stars Ben Affleck, reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Ron Livingston (“Loudermilk,” “The Conjuring”), Maribel Verdú (“Elite,” “Y tu mamá también”), Kiersey Clemons (“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Sweetheart”), and Antje Traue.
“The Flash” opens in theaters on June 16, 2023.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “The Flash:”
Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?