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The First Trailer for 'The Flash' Is Here with Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as Batman

Forget multiple Spider-Men in the same movie — in the DC Extended Universe, there's now two versions of Batman in one flick.
By Sarah Ward
February 13, 2023
By Sarah Ward
February 13, 2023

For much of the DC Extended Universe, aka the film franchise based on DC Comics' stable of caped crusaders that started in 2013, it has often felt like the movie saga has been trying to play catchup with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That won't change when The Flash lands in theatres in mid-June, as the flick's just-dropped first trailer shows — because after the MCU went all in on multiple versions of Spider-Man in the same feature, the DCEU is doing the same with two takes on Batman.

Yes, this is meant to be Barry Allen's (Ezra Miller, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore) time to shine, with multiple iterations of the character also known as The Flash in the movie that bears his name. But bringing in the DCEU's existing Batman Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar) and Tim Burton-era Batman Michael Keaton (Morbius) was always going to monopolise attention.

Everything is a multiverse these days, clearly, as viewers can see in The Flash's debut sneak peek. Here, Barry's actions cause worlds to collide, after he uses his speedy powers to travel back in time to change the past. You don't need to be a regular viewer of comic book-based films to know that that's never a good idea.

In Barry's new reality, General Zod (Michael Shannon, Amsterdam) is back and keen to destroy everything, and superheroes are also nowhere to be seen. That said, if The Flash can convince a different Batman to pop on the cape and cowl, and team up with a Kryptonian — with Sasha Calle (The Young and the Restless) playing Supergirl — the universe might be able to be saved.

Also featuring among the cast: Ron Livingston (The Estate), Maribel Verdú (Raymond & Ray), Kiersey Clemons (Somebody I Used to Know) and Antje Traue (Dark). Filmmaker Andy Muschietti directs, in his first flick after creeping cinemas out with IT and IT: Chapter Two.

And yes, the DCEU is about to look a whole lot different, given that The Suicide Squad filmmaker James Gunn and film producer Peter Safran are now overseeing DC's movie output — in what's being badged as a reboot, apparently starting with The Flash.

Check out the first trailer for The Flash below:

The Flash releases in cinemas Down Under on June 15, 2023.

Published on February 13, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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