The Flash

Ever since his brief appearances in both “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” fans had been clamoring to see more of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash. They loved what they saw when he finally got to shine in “Justice League” but after Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa got their solo adventures as Wonder Woman and Aquaman respectively, people were left wondering when the red speedster would finally get his. The wait is over and “The Flash” is finally here, and while far from the best DC outing, it does fall into the upper echelon in the trove of films from DC.

Barry has always had a happy-go-lucky persona about him, however he has always carried a great sadness inside. His mother was tragically murdered when he was a kid and his father was convicted for it. Barry always knew his father was innocent, but it could never be proven. On a recent mission Barry discovers if he runs fast enough, he can go back into the past. Though he is warned by Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) not to meddle with time, he can’t resist. He saves his mother, but the consequences of doing so may end up dooming the planet Earth itself.

“The Flash” starts spectacularly with one of the best opening action sequences the DC universe has ever given. It then gives the audience a chance to get to know Barry’s character better and give him more depth, something that was just not really possible in the team-ups he had done in the previously. Audiences also get more insight on how the Flash’s powers work.

Of all the ironies, “The Flash” has more than its share of slow moments during its nearly two-and-a-half hour run time. While Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman all had a main adversary to content with in their films, Flash is not exactly afforded one in this story. General Zod (Michael Shannon) is back, but he represent more of an obstacle than a main villain. If anything, one can argue that time is the opponent.

One aspect everyone has been salivating over is Michael Keaton’s return as Batman. The last time he was seen in the cape and cowl was 1992. There are a lot of throwbacks in “The Flash”. Keaton repeats his iconic, “I’m Batman” line and there are plenty of other goodies for all to take in as well. The nostalgia aspect works very well here.

James Gunn is taking the reins of the DC universe so this may be the only outing we see with Ezra Miller playing The Flash. If that does end up being the case at least the Snyderverse can begin to wind down on a positive note.

2.5 Swords