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The Flash gives us the last hurrah of the old DCEU, with Barry Allen resetting the timeline with the help of 2 Batmen and Supergirl. We breakdown every part of this movie, the ending, the comic and movie reference, and talk about what this means for DC in the future.
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So the film begins with the logos for both Warner Brothers and DC. But to play on the time travel nature of this story, we see past versions of the logos morphing into new versions until reaching their present day designs.
The opening scene of the film is very reminiscent of this deleted Flash scene from the Snyder Cut of the Justice League. The scene even opens with Barry saying how late he is, just like in the Snyder Cut. [clip]
The film opening with Barry being late to work reminds me a lot of the opening to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Peter is late to work because of the responsibilities of being Spider-Man. But what makes Barry being late even more poetic is that he’s the fastest man alive but he’s STILL late.
We see Barry look down at his watch which is giving him a low calorie alert. This is a reference to his very fast metabolism and how he requires a lot of sustenance to maintain his super speed. [clip, justice league, flash “I need to eat, go find alfred in the pantry”]
Barry’s phone rings and we see Alfred’s name along with an animated Butler picture that looks a lot like the Alfred from Batman the Animated Series. We then get the triumphant return of Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth.
He’s calling Barry to let him know that Batman needs a hand. We then hear Barry ask Alfred why Superman or Wonder Woman or any other members of the Justice League can’t come help. Alfred says that Superman is busy and Wonder Woman can’t be reached. Similar to this scene in Far From Home. [clip, Peter asking Furry about other heroes]
We get a brief glimpse of Henry Cavill’s Superman fighting a volcano, but we don’t see his face. Likely because Cavill is out as the Man of Steel, something Colton is still crying about.
We then see Barry make his way to the bathroom to change, well not so much to change, he could change so fast no one would even notice. But more so to make it look like he didn’t vanish from thin air when he speeds away.
After he suits up we hear for the first time in DCEU history Bary referred to as “The Flash.” [clip]
And we actually already saw where Barry got the idea to call himself The Flash over in the CW’s DC Universe when Ezra Miller’s Flash made a cameo alongside Grant Guston’s Flash. [clip]
Notice that this girl who is a huge flash fan, is actually wearing two flash pins on her jacket. She’s actually secret casting of another speedster from the comics who might get powers in a future movie, this is your mom.
Barry runs from Central City to Gotham City to help Batman. In the comics Central City is the Gotham City to Barry’s Batman or the Metropolis to his Superman, it’s his own fictional city. And speaking of Superman, this scene of Barry running across different terrains was very reminiscent of Superman’s first flight in Man of Steel. [clip]
So the skinny of it is that a deadly virus has been stolen by some bad guys. A virus that could wipe out a significant portion of the population.
We then see Ben Affleck’s Batman pursuing the bad guys on his batcycle. This batcycle looks very similar to the batpod from Nolan’s Dark Knight films. Difference being that the batpod had 2 fat tires. Whereas the Batfleck batcycle has dual tires in the front and one fat tire in the back.
Barry asks why Batman seems to be fleeing the scene and he explains to Barry that he’s chasing the bad guys and that he needs Barry to save the people in the hospital. When mentioning the bad guys we hear Batman refer to “Falcone’s idiot kid” being the leader of this robbery gone wrong.
Falcone is a classic mob boss Batman villain that we’ve seen in prior films like Batman Begins and The Batman. [clip]
Now in typical Batfleck fashion we see Batman using guns. These guns are connected to his bike, but in his defense the “no killing” Bail Batman also had guns on his batpod.
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