The Scarlet Speedster is finally racing to movie theaters — and he’s bringing a couple of Dark Knights with him.
Actor Ezra Miller debuted the first look at “The Flash,” director Andy Muschietti’s (“It”) feature adaptation of the fleet-footed DC Comics hero, during Saturday’s DC Fandome virtual fan event. (This is not to be confused with the ongoing CW series “The Flash” starring Grant Gustin, which was also featured during DC Fandome, and is certain to stymie search engine optimization experts across the internet.)
“The Flash” movie will unlock the DC multiverse, as Miller’s Barry Allen moves with so much speed that he transcends the boundaries of (fictional) space and time. Barry’s timeline-hopping abilities allow him to shift from his cinematic universe — in which Batman is played by Ben Affleck, who first appeared with Miller in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — into an alternative universe in which Batman is played by Michael Keaton, reprising the role he originated in 1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns.”
Complicating matters even further, Kiersey Clemons is playing Barry’s love interest Iris West, a character she originated for 2017’s “Justice League,” only to have her role cut after director Zack Snyder left the film — and then reinstated after Snyder released his four-hour cut of “Justice League” on HBO Max in March. But while Billy Crudup played Barry’s father Henry in both the 2017 and 2021 versions of “Justice League,” he’s been replaced for “The Flash” by Ron Livingston.
Hopefully less confusing: the debut of newcomer Sasha Calle as Supergirl in the film. Muschietti announced Calle’s casting on Instagram in May in an emotional video in which the “Young and the Restless” actor learns on camera that she’s been cast in the film.
“The Flash,” written by Christina Hodson (“Birds of Prey”), is scheduled to open on Nov. 4, 2022.
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