DC Studios has released the final trailer for the highly-anticipated superhero film, The Flash, ahead of its theatrical release on June 16.
The trailer opens with Allen trying to convince DCEU’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, portrayed by Ben Affleck, that he could "fix things" by time-traveling to the past and changing a few events. Wayne, always the smart one and voice of reason, tries to dissuade him and warns him of the potential consequences of such an action.
Allen proves headstrong, though. He proceeds with his plans and successfully messes up the timeline. He finds himself in a different reality marked for destruction by – surprise – General Zod, who first appeared in Man of Steel. While there have been other The Flash trailers, this is the first one to show that the character will appear in the forthcoming film.
To conquer Zod, who he presumably can’t defeat by himself, Allen teams up with the new reality’s version of himself, its Batman, and Clark Kent’s cousin, Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.
The film’s official logline details it all. It reads, "Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to."
It continues, "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?"
The Flash features an ensemble cast with Ezra Miller in the titular role. Other members of the cast include Keaton, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, and Jeremy Irons, who reprise their roles as Batman, General Zod, Faora-UI, and Alfred Pennyworth from previous DC films respectively.
Affleck also returns in a short cameo as Batman with Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdu, Kiersey Clemons, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, and Rudy Mancuso featuring as other characters.
Apart from the above, Gal Gadot and Temuera Morrison are expected to reprise their roles as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Arthur Curry/Aquaman’s father respectively.
Andy Muschietti directed the film based on the screenplay developed by Christina Hodson, while Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco served as producers.
Ahead of its release in June, The Flash has racked up several rave reviews. Earlier in the year, news emerged that Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was impressed by the film after a private screening at his home. He reportedly described the film as "everything you want in a movie."
Apart from Cruise, renowned author Stephen King has also aired his opinion about the film which he described as "heartfelt, funny, and eye-popping."
Apart from these two, critics and journalists who were in attendance at this year’s CinemaCon, like Steven Weintraub, also had positive things to say about the film.
The Flash will arrive in theaters on June 16. It will be the second DC film to debut in 2023 after Shazam: Fury of the Gods. The remaining DCEU movies, Blue Beetle and Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom, will arrive on August 18 and December 25, respectively.