Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding its lead, Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead with the release of The Flash, and now we finally have our first look at the film with the release of its official trailer – which you can check out below.
Released during this year’s Superbowl, the trailer sees Barry Allen caught up in multiple timelines after traveling back in time to change events of the past. A decision that sees him enter a world free of metahumans and a new Batman (who you might just be familiar with).
The film will follow Barry whilst he navigates new universes in an attempt to save his family and the world itself. But his efforts inadvertently alter the future and trap him in a new reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, in a world where 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?
Michael Shannon returns as General Zod, alongside rising star Sasha Calle – who debuts as Supergirl. But its Michael Keaton’s return as Batman that steals most of the headlines. The actor previously played The Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s 1989 classic Batman and the subsequent sequel, Batman Returns. The film will mark the 71-year-old actor’s return to the role for the first time in over 30 years.
Ezra Miller will return to reprise the role of Barry Allen/The Flash for the film which sees It and It: Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti helms.
Said to be inspired by the 2011 comic book Flashpoint, the film is said to follow suit and offer the DCU a reset of sorts. Ongoing creative issues and Box Office failures have seen Warner Bros. attempts to recreate the success of the MCU fall short, and the events of The Flash are said to create an alternate reality moving forward which will allow new DC head James Gunn the chance to reinvent the franchise.
While change is on the way, Gunn has heaped praise on the film, calling it a “fantastic movie” that he really loves.
The Flash is set to arrive in theatres on June 16th.