The Flash movie’s surprising twist in [MAJOR SPOILERS] killing off Michael Keaton‘s Batman and Sasha Calle‘s Supergirl was not the only element that caught DCEU fans off guard. The cameo-galore featuring the likes of heavily CGI-enhanced Nicolas Cage as Superman, Teddy Sear as the speedster Jay Garrick and the nods to Flashpoint whilst delivering a unique multiverse story makes it an entertaining experience. Though not everyone in the DCU fandom is in agreement.
Unfortunately, The Flash is not one of the best superhero movies from the CBM genre nor DCEU’s finest (as highlighted in critics’ reviews & RT scores). Nevertheless, right from the opening act, the film teases the potential of an inter-connected universe starting off with Ben Affleck‘s Batman on a chase to stop Al Falcone from potentially leveling Gotham.
Other DCEU characters like Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons), a faceless Henry Cavill’s Superman and lastly Wonder Woman are also in the mix. But the focus remains on Barry Allen saving the day, particularly a bunch of babies and a dog. After the fan-service sequence which ends with an interesting interaction between Diana and Bruce thanks to the Lasso of Truth – the movie quickly escalates to show Barry accidentally running faster than the speed of light and reaching the speed force. It’s where he learns he has the ability to alter past events, like the day that led to his mother’s death.
Who dies in The Flash Movie & George Clooney’s Bruce Wayne scene explained
Speaking of the death of Barry’s mother, surprisingly, several characters die in the movie including the younger Barry Allen and the antagonist version that goes on to become the Zoom-esque Dark Flash. Similarly, Supergirl’s death by General Zod and Batman’s while fighting the Kryptonian are inevitable intersections that Barry realizes cannot be altered and if continued, would only lead to the collision of worlds and their collapse.
Though during the few attempts to change the outcome by Young Barry – he also kills Faora (Antje Traue) by stabbing her with a Kryptonian metal shank that’s lodged into his arm. Fortunately, those are the only character deaths in The Flash. But dissent centered around their deaths is not as large as the criticism for bringing back dead actors through CGI like Christopher Reeves.
Some fans argued The Flash’s version of the dark Barry Allen was portrayed better than the TV series depiction of Savitar. But disappointment brew among others that expected The Rogues in the opening fight instead of unknown mercenaries. In fact, the tie-in comic for The Flash movie teased Barry fighting the Girder but sadly there was no Captain Cold or Mirror Master. Furthermore, while Michael Shannon’s General Zod is teased as a pivotal character in the promos – the movie offers little screentime and dialogues and the same applies to Antje Traue’s Faora.
On the bright side, Michael Keaton’s Batman has appealed to the masses. For some, The Dark Knight apparently carried the movie to its entirety. Instances such as the Burtonverse Batman’s fight against the hunky Nam-Ek & his hand-to-hand combat scene while rescuing Kara-Zor El are being heavily praised. Other light-hearted moments such as Barry’s interaction with Young Barry, the references to Back to the Future, Andy Muschietti‘s cameo and the Game of Thrones star’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau brief humorous scene to name a few are also being commended on social media.
Moreover, going by fan clips – Ben Affleck’s Batman scenes seem to have received the loudest cheer in several screenings. In addition, the film’s family theme centering over Barry’s relationship with his mom has struck a chord for many leading to a teary experience by the end. The movie’s cliffhanger moment with Geroge Clooney’s Bruce Wayne is also another inclusion that has received more applause than backlash. Though George Clooney’s inclusion was reportedly added after DC Studios’ boss James Gunn took charge.
Scooper Syl Abdul (known for breaking several Snyderverse-related stories) claims the post-credits scene mandated by WBs chairperson Michael De Luca showed Ben Affleck’s Batman appearing in a “separate dream-like sequence” which would have set up a sequel. The insider also says the courthouse scene at the end of The Flash showed Keaton’s Bruce Wayne instead of Clooney. Others such as Cavill’s Clark Kent and Gadot’s Diana Prince are in their civilian identity.
Enjoyed it! Not one of the best superhero movies imo but it’s a good one. I have a few reservations and some of the effects were ambitious but wonky but it is a very fun summer blockbuster. The cameos folks went out of their way to spoil are too minor for the discourse. #TheFlash https://t.co/d5bYtYvPRr
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) June 16, 2023
— Sancheezzzy (@Scoby20) June 16, 2023
This man was PERFECT pic.twitter.com/bk46gFpDXz
— SyL ☕ #TheFlashEndingScene (@sylabdul) June 16, 2023
This is how the audience cheered for Ben Affleck Batman in #TheFlashMovie
— sanjheev 🥷 (@sanjheev10) June 15, 2023
I need the Quantumania CGI haters on The Flash’s ass tenfold pic.twitter.com/jJPrTZWiRM
— Daiquiri (@Da1qu1r1) June 12, 2023
Personally, The Flash movie did this concept better… pic.twitter.com/lPLGOTILmU
— Adrian (@adrianm0On) June 16, 2023
Just watched The Flash and damn the tears in my eyes. The plot, The themes, the characters, the dynamics, the costumes, the drama, the lore, the emotional moments…everything was garbage from beginning to end. On my way to the hospital, definitely the worst movie I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/CR3J9u1HSA
— Fdm (@theSnyderKnight) June 16, 2023
— themarvelousmarc (@marvelousmarc96) June 16, 2023
The Flash is…a movie.
It has heart. Michael Keaton rules, unsurprisingly. Ezra Miller carries the emotional crux, but it’s also light.
The CGI is an actual disaster, far scarier than Zod’s return. Beyond distractingly bad. And it throws fan service in your face.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) June 16, 2023
the one thing i know for sure about the flash movie is it had me crying and texting my mom i love her once i got out pic.twitter.com/hocwLn1P2z
— SimplyKylo (@SimplyKylo) June 16, 2023
this is how george clooney should’ve introduced himself in the flash pic.twitter.com/rexkcOFqos
— cleo (@cleoofffilm) June 15, 2023
So, here’s my Flash movie review thread
I’m going to include light spoilers in the thread and anything that’s major spoilers will be spoiler tagged so you can skip over in case you want to see the movie blind (although it’s mostly leaked online anyway) pic.twitter.com/epruJpoqxk
— Ollie🏹 (@TheQuiver_) June 15, 2023
— REDSPOT (@Redspot576) June 15, 2023
Hmm #TheFlashMovie. Honestly, I thought it was a hot mess & broke the DCEU for good. CGI was abysmal & distracted me from caring about the narrative or connecting emotionally. I felt like Ezra was overacting. Loved Keaton’s Batman & Sasha’s Supergirl. Hope you all love the movie! pic.twitter.com/gt3VTj8rPV
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) June 16, 2023
I didn't hear a single thing about Faora during the 2 months of screenings WB did for The Flash.
Insane how a breakout character from Man Of Steel is reduced to not being worth to mention. pic.twitter.com/MY9b16ry24
— Unbiased Snyder Fan (@snyder_all) June 16, 2023
I totally forgot that Barry becomes Zoom in this this movie, so it was an interesting surprise to me when he showed up!
— Simu kissed my book plate! (@Sye_Lokata) June 16, 2023
— Dumb Ed (@DumbEd11) June 15, 2023
Why couldn't they have used The Rogues at the beginning of The Flash movie instead of random mercenaries pic.twitter.com/qskFHmaS7C
— Axel Droga (@AxelRDroga) June 15, 2023
A movie that is as heartfelt as it is messy, goofy,silly,creative and fun
A movie that tells an incoherent but beautiful story of letting go that is a fine send off to the last 10 years with some of the roughest but most ambitious use of cgi for storytelling
7.5/10 https://t.co/jyS0yxiSCR pic.twitter.com/WVlkLbrS6N
— Turtle 🔱 (@SteelSandRun) June 16, 2023
— Jay (@M3taldrummer) June 16, 2023
The Flash is awful. Genuinely.
A boring movie with a premise you’ve seen a million times done better, that does nothing but use the worst CG you’ve ever seen to bastardize everything that has come before it, and make some truly disgusting brief cameos of actors that have passed. pic.twitter.com/iuqoDeWThI
— jacob. (@jtimsuggs) June 16, 2023
It doesn’t matter if the CGI Christopher reeves cameo is only 5 seconds long, it’s still morally reprehensible and incredibly manipulative using CGI to bring back a deceased actor for “nostalgia points”
— Phoenix | BLM | (@FireWalkWithMal) June 16, 2023
The Flash is so bad. The CGI is basically Henry Cavil’s upper lip across the entire screen for 2 and a half hours. pic.twitter.com/To8tuRi1q3
— Justin Martin (@supertrucker) June 16, 2023
#TheFlashMovie was a blast! Ezra Miller was excellent as Barry Allen(s). Batman(s) and Supergirl rocks! Loved all the DC cameos. Despite feeling like a bittersweet ending to the DCEU, it is a great addition to the DC movie library! pic.twitter.com/uT3ZZZgXj3
— Chris Wong-Swenson⚡ (@pingpongflix) June 16, 2023
Sadly, the film’s CGI, although it was revealed to be a stylist choice by the director – has not been received well. The VFX shots are being compared to Henry Cavill’s mustache incident from Justice League for its jarring effects. The last act’s multiverse scene which puts the focus on cameos by Nicolas Cage’s Superman has irked many for its passable special effects.
The Flash movie is currently running in theaters worldwide.
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