The official synopsis for “The Flash” reads as follows:
Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel through time and change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry is trapped in a reality where General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no superheroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can bring a very different Batman out of retirement from him and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… even if he’s not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world he finds himself in and return to the future he knows, Barry’s only hope is to run for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to restart the universe?
“The Flash”, as the synopsis suggests, is inspired by the historical story “Flashpoint” from the comics, in which Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother, but ends up creating an alternate timeline with many major changes. . The film will play into the idea of a multiverse by incorporating multiple versions of Batman, played by DCEU veteran Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton (reprising his role from Tim Burton’s “Batman” movies). That’s right, two Batmans in the same movie, in this economy!
Not only that, “The Flash” will feature an appearance by Supergirl (played by Sasha Calle), with Ron Livingston, Kiersey Clemons and Michael Shannon rounding out the cast in the key roles of Barry’s father Iris West and General Zod. respectively. As to whether the movie will impact James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe in the same way that “Flashpoint” gave rise to the New 52 reboot of the DC Comics Universe. That seems unlikely, given that the duo seem to have their own separate plans for the franchise.
Regardless, we expect “The Flash” to deliver a good time in theaters when it arrives on June 16, 2023.