What Are People Saying About the New ‘Flash’ Movie?

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“The Flash” is a 2023 movie that re-introduces the superhero known as The Flash, who was most recently portrayed by Grant Gustin in the TV series that ended this May. The movie was released in theaters last week, but is it worth going to watch? Read on below to learn what people are saying about ‘The Flash’ and whether it’s worth watching in theaters.

What is ‘The Flash’ about?

The plot of the new ‘Flash’ movie revolves around Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), who travels back in time as The Flash in an attempt to save his mother’s tragic death. Allen’s actions bring unintended consequences to his timeline and create a world where none of the superheroes are the same.

‘The Flash’ is the 13th movie in the DC Extended Universe, and will likely lead to Miller portraying the character in future films.

Critic reviews

Superhero movies seem to be very hit-or-miss for film critics, and it looks like this one didn’t impress them. Critics gave the score an average of 56 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic and 66% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics commented that the film was too long and drawn out, and several pointed out the sub-par CGI used in the movie.

Viewer reviews

Overall, viewers have at least enjoyed this movie more than the critics. Users scored the film with an average of 5.9 out of 10 on Metacritic and 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the comments on the movie were overall mixed but mostly positive. The general consensus seems to be that the movie, while imperfect, is at least worth viewing.

Two Batmans?

It’s no surprise that the new film features not one, but two iconic portrayals of the beloved superhero Batman. This was shown in the trailers prior to the release of the movie and has helped garner significant fan attention for it. It seems like the studio took a cue from Marvel and their 2021 movie ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ in which all three actors who have played Spider-Man on film were united in one movie.

‘The Flash’ notably features both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as Batman, when their worlds are collided as part of the consequences of the Flash’s time-traveling experiment. Ben Affleck portrayed the character in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Justice League,’ and ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ in the DCEU leading up to this role. Michael Keaton played Batman in the first two films of the Tim Burton series in 1989 and 1992. 

Where can you watch ‘The Flash’?

‘The Flash’ made its theatrical debut on June 16, and it’s sure to spend a while in theaters before becoming available for purchase or on streaming services. When it does eventually become available for home viewing, the film will be released on Max. An official date for this hasn’t been announced yet, but the studio has previously said that it will most likely be sometime this fall.