While it may seem like every franchise has explored the multiverse by now, The Flash represents the DC Extended Universe’s first foray into the concept.
Listen to the review:
Release Date: 6/16/2023
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Where to Watch: In theaters
Not long after the film starts, superhero Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) – theorizing that he might be able to travel back in time and stop his mother’s murder – is cautioned by Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) about the Butterfly Effect: small actions rippling through time to have larger unforeseen consequences.
Ignoring this advice, a distraught Flash tries anyway, saving his mother from death but also creating a divergent timeline in the process, where things get a little… weird. He meets a younger version of himself, finds the lost cousin of Superman, and reunites with Batman… this time none other than Michael Keaton’s original Batman from the 1989 Tim Burton film. The first time he has donned the cowl and cape in 34 years.
The joy of this film is less in the story and more the jovial interplay between an eccentric cast of characters. Unlike the ham-fisted humor found in many superhero flicks, this script brings genuine laughs. Watching two versions of Flash joke around with each other never gets old. And, of course, Michael Keaton’s Batman swings back into action like he never stepped away for a second.
While this film was plagued with reshoots that ultimately left a lot of sequences relying heavily on CGI, it delivers all the laughs, excitement, and heart that every good superhero movie must have.
About our Admit One Author
Isaac Frankel is a freelance writer and content creator specializing in reviews and analysis of cinema, interactive media, and mythological storytelling. He was raised in Prescott, AZ, wrote his first non-fiction book in 2013 after graduating from Tribeca Flashpoint College with a degree in Game & Interactive Media Design and currently produces content for the YouTube channel: Off Screen.
More of his work and current projects can be found at www.isaacafrankel.com