“The Flash” Will Premiere at CinemaCon 2023
The Flash is going to race into theaters for the very first time at CinemaCon 2023 this coming April.
Warner Bros. will be premiering director Andy Muschietti’s film at the annual convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, Variety reports, fueling the speculation that the studio is very enthusiastic about their upcoming superhero film. DC Studios co-chief James Gunn went on record saying The Flash was one of the best superhero movies he’d ever seen, a big vote of confidence from a man who is re-designing the future of all Warner Bros. superhero storytelling alongside Peter Safran. The Flash was a project Gunn and Safran absorbed rather than spearheaded, so to hear Gunn’s enthusiastic support of the film has further suggested Warner Bros. has a potential big winner on their hands.
The Flash stars Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero Barry Allen, a young man torn to shreds over the death of his mother and determined to do anything within his powers to change her fate. Barry’s powers are rather immense, and his solution is to travel back in time to change past events, but as we’ve learned in just about every time travel film, you can’t change the past without altering the future. In this case, Barry gets trapped in an alternate reality where General Zod (Michael Shannon) is not only still alive, but prepared to annihilate the world. What makes Barry’s problem even more pressing is that in his universe, there are no metahumans (no Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etcetera), and his only hope lies in luring an older, very retired Batman (Michael Keaton, reprising his role from more than 30 years ago) to help him save the world. Batman is, of course, not a metahuman but rather a very rich, very committed, all-too-human vigilante.
Joining Miller, Keaton, and Shannon are Sasha Calle playing Supergirl, Ben Affleck (as the Batman of his universe), Ron Livingston as Barry’s father, Henry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Antje Traue as Faora-Ui.
CinemaCon runs from April 24 through 27, and is the place where studios bring some of their buzziest upcoming projects, revealing brand new trailers and sizzle reels, as well as major stars. The event helps get exhibitors enthused about the movies they’ll be splashing across their screens. It’s particularly exciting for the theater owners when a studio unveils an entire film, as Paramount did last year with Top Gun: Maverick, which, in case you hadn’t heard, did quite well at the box office and with critics.
The Flash is due in theaters on June 16.
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Featured image: Caption: (L-R) EZRA MILLER as Barry Allen / The Flash, EZRA MILLER as Barry Allen / The Flash and SASHA CALLE as Kara Zor-El / Supergirl in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE FLASH,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics