The Flash is set to push the Multiverse into the forefront. The upcoming DCEU movie will serve as Ezra Miller's first solo film for the franchise, and he will be joined by a stellar ensemble led by Michael Keaton's Batman and Sasha Calle's Supergirl. Plot details of the movie are still being kept under wraps, but it has been confirmed to be inspired by the famous Flashpoint storyline from the comics.
Although Miller is currently under scrutiny due to his actions in Hawaii, the hype surrounding The Flash is still high. One of the main reasons behind the strong anticipation is the comeback of Keaton's Dark Knight. While there is only a minimal preview of Keaton's involvement in the film's story, reports suggest that he has a pivotal role in The Flash.
Now, new footage from The Flash has been released, teasing more of Keaton's classic take on Gotham's protector.
The Flash Hype Continues
Warner Bros.' special panel at CinemaCon 2022 released brand-new footage from The Flash, showcasing fresh looks at Ezra Miller's Scarlet Speedster and the film's stacked ensemble.
Reactions and descriptions of the footage came pouring in on Twitter, with the press praising The Flash's action sequences and Michael Keaton's Batman.
The new footage included a preview of Sasha Calle's Supergirl and Michael Shannon's comeback as General Zod. Shots of several Batsuits and Keaton's Batmobile were also featured. The trailer reportedly didn't feature Ben Affleck's Batman.
Keaton's Batsuit is reportedly new, and he has a bunch of new suits. Keaton's Caped Crusader also has a Batcycle.
Miller's Barry Allen mentioned in the trailer that everyone was drawn to each other "like magnets." The trailer reportedly ends with Keaton's classic quote, asking Barry Allen "You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts!"
The "Let's get nuts" line is taken directly from 1989's Batman, an iconic phrase from Keaton's iteration of The Dark Knight.
Michael Keaton's Significant Role in The Flash
Based on the description, it seems that a good chunk of The Flash will revolve around Michael Keaton's return as Batman. It is unknown how much of the movie will include Keaton's DC hero, but it looks like the character is here to stay, considering the reports of his Nick Fury-like future in the DCEU.
Not only that, but it appears that Keaton will also be involved in some of the film's action sequences, presenting the opportunity to unveil more of his Batman's arsenal of weapons.
Michael Shannon's return as General Zod also raises the possibility of seeing a reference to Henry Cavill's Superman in the movie. Similar to Keaton, Sasha Calle's Supergirl is also expected to have a significant role in the movie, with the Kryptonian helping Barry Allen throughout his adventure.
Given that Ezra Miller is still dealing with legal issues in Hawaii, The Flash's CinemaCon trailer appears to focus more on Michael Keaton's pivotal role in the movie. Doing this allows Warner Bros. to bank on nostalgia to promote the film while still veering away from addressing Miller's issues outside of the movie.
The Flash is slated to premiere in theaters on June 23, 2023.