Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?

Review (Scott Mc Cutcheon 12/06/23)

2019 was a watershed moment for superhero films as Avengers Endgame finished phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe that year and the quality and critical response to the films that have come after has been at best mixed. In the same year The Joker was a massive critical and box office success and DC have arguably not came up to the same high standard since.

Things are perhaps looking up in 2023 Marvel have had the hugely enjoyable Shazam! Fury of The Gods whilst DC release possibly the best superhero film since both Avengers Endgame and Joker.

Ezra Miller is terrific in both the role of The Flash and his younger self who he meets after travelling back in time to try and save his dead mother. Having the same actor play different roles on screen at the same time doesn’t always work mostly because of bad CGI. Thankfully here the CGI is so good it’s hard not to believe it’s not a double playing opposite Miller.

Fans of The Flash, particularly the TV series, will be familiar with the plot but that doesn’t take away from any of the enjoyment. The Flash is not only a terrific superhero film but a film so enjoyable non superhero fans will have the time of their lives.

It’s still early in the summer with numerous big budget films to come. If any of them are half as good as The Flash then we’re in for one hell of a summer.


The Flash

Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Ezra Miller, Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston,  Maribel Verdú ,  Kiersey Clemons ,  Antje Traue ,  Michael Keaton

UK/US Release: Cinemas 16th June 2023