The Flash, more than any other impending DCEU film, has a lot riding on it. Directed by Andy Muschietti (Stephen King’s It) and starring Ezra Miller as the returning Scarlet Speedster, will properly introduce the DC Comics multiverse to the big screen, allowing Warner Bros. to incorporate different versions of characters into the mainstream franchise as well as explain how multiple versions of the same character could be running around. The majority of the attention-getting pieces regarding the latter have centered on Michael Keaton returning his title role as an older Bruce Wayne in The Flash, alongside current Batman actor Ben Affleck.
But, with Sasha Calle’s casting as Supergirl, another big DC character will make a cameo on The Flash. Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is the first Latina actress to ever play Supergirl on film. Because Kara Zor-El has always been depicted as blonde-haired and blue-eyed (as Melissa Benoist portrays her on the Supergirl TV series), and this naturally confused most of the internet. Of course Calle may be playing a different Supergirl than Kara Zor-El? Maybe she’s supposed to be Lara Lane-Kent, from the Injustice universe. But whatever version she’s playing, this looks objectively terrible. Thank goodness her preferred pronoun is basically in the name, that’s all I’m saying.
Social media commentators were NOT impressed…
It certainly didn’t help matters that the Shazam! costumes were also dropped around the same time…
Don’t know how long we can keep the new suits from leaking so here’s a pic I took the other day pic.twitter.com/41wStJ6oe2
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) June 21, 2021
Who did it better? pic.twitter.com/PUv3gtFiwD
— Matthew Kadish (@MatthewKadish) June 22, 2021
After the objectively terrible pictures of Supergirl were one-upped by Grace Fulton’s costume the same day, the Flash crisis team quickly dropped movie a couple of set photos that gave any concerned DCEU simps a behind the scenes first look at Michael Keaton’s return as Bruce Wayne.
While director Andy Muschietti teased Keaton’s Batman costume with his own photo on social media, this newest photo shows Keaton back as Bruce Wayne, reprising his role from 1989’s Batman movie and its sequel, Batman Returns. Keaton will be playing the older Bruce Wayne from an alternate timeline in the film, which draws inspiration from DC Comics’ 2011 Flash-centric, timeline-rewriting crossover event titled Flashpoint. Keaton stars opposite Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash, and Ben Affleck as the Bruce Wayne of Barry’s timeline.
“[Ben Affleck’s Batman] ‘s the baseline. He’s part of that unaltered state before we jump into Barry’s adventure. There’s a familiarity there,” Muschietti explained in an interview. “This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid. It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”
Of course the access media was loving it all.
This is his car, not Affleck’s, and I hear this is from the end of the movie and he’s now permanently in the #DCEU
Video tomorrow with full breakdown of all these set pics! pic.twitter.com/pO38KSIUUJ
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 20, 2021
And speaking of Affleck as the Dark Knight, Warner seems to actually be replacing Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman at the exterior of the new welcome center to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood building in Burbank, California.
According to ComicBook.com
The tour, which highlights “100 years of storytelling” with the most iconic Warner Bros. characters and franchises, has been updated to include the retro Keaton Batman and the Reeve Superman alongside modern DC superstars from the DC Extended Universe: Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Kinda obvious at this point that WB is trying to replace Ben Affleck’s Batman with Keaton’s. pic.twitter.com/yRPFtwv8WK
— Brenton (@dcuverse) June 20, 2021
What a shitshow. The Flash movie opens in theaters on November 4, 2022.