The Flash movie is one of the most anticipated films in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), featuring a multiverse adventure with multiple versions of Batman and Supergirl. The film is set to release on November 4, 2022, and will star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Sasha Calle as Supergirl, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. But where are these actors now, and what are their future plans in the DCEU? Here is an update on the cast of The Flash movie.
The Main Cast of “The Flash” Movie
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ezra Miller is the main protagonist of the film, reprising his role as Barry Allen/The Flash from previous DCEU films such as Justice League and Suicide Squad. Miller is a versatile actor who has appeared in various genres of films, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Miller is also a singer and musician, who performs with their band Sons of an Illustrious Father.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Ben Affleck is one of the two actors who will play Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, portraying the older version of the character from the main DCEU timeline. Affleck made his debut as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and continued to play the role in Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Affleck is an acclaimed actor, director, producer, and writer, who has won two Academy Awards for Argo and Good Will Hunting. Affleck is also known for his roles in films such as Gone Girl, The Town, and The Accountant.
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wxayne/Batman
Michael Keaton is the other actor who will play Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, portraying the older version of the character from the Tim Burton’s Batman films. Keaton first played Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and is widely regarded as one of the best actors to portray the Dark Knight. Keaton is also an Oscar-nominated actor, who has starred in films such as Birdman, Spotlight, Beetlejuice, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Sasha Calle as Supergirl
Sasha Calle is a newcomer to the DCEU, playing the role of Supergirl in the film. Calle is a Colombian-American actress, who is best known for her role as Lola Rosales in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. Calle is also a singer and songwriter, who has released several singles on Spotify and YouTube. Calle will be the first Latina actress to play Supergirl on screen.
Michael Shannon as General Zod
Michael Shannon is another returning actor to the DCEU, playing the role of General Zod in the film. Shannon previously played Zod in Man of Steel, where he was the main antagonist of Superman. Shannon is a two-time Oscar-nominated actor, who has appeared in films such as Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water, Knives Out, and Revolutionary Road.
Updates on the Cast
What Happens to Ezra Miller Now After “The Flash”?
Ezra Miller’s future in the DCEU after The Flash is uncertain, as there are no confirmed plans for a sequel or a solo film for their character. However, Miller has expressed their interest in continuing to play The Flash in future projects. Miller also has other projects lined up outside of the DCEU, such as Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Mourner.
Andy Muschietti Doesn’t Want to Recast The Flash
Andy Muschietti, the director of The Flash movie, has stated that he doesn’t want to recast Ezra Miller as The Flash. Muschietti praised Miller’s performance and said that he was impressed by their passion and commitment to the role. Muschietti also said that he wanted to explore Miller’s version of The Flash more deeply and give them more emotional depth.
Can Ezra Miller Keep Their Job in the DC Universe?
Ezra Miller’s job in the DC Universe may be at risk due to their past legal troubles. In 2020, a video surfaced online showing Miller choking a fan at a bar in Iceland. The incident sparked outrage among fans and critics, who called for Miller’s removal from the DCEU. However, Warner Bros. did not comment on the matter or take any action against Miller. It remains to be seen how this will affect Miller’s career and reputation in the future.
The Journey to Get “The Flash” to the Big Screen
Decades-long struggle to make the movie
The Flash movie has been in development for decades, dating back to the 1990s. The project has gone through multiple directors, writers, and actors, who have either left or been replaced due to creative differences, budget issues, or scheduling conflicts. Some of the notable names who were attached to the film at some point include David S. Goyer, Shawn Levy, Greg Berlanti, Seth Grahame-Smith, Rick Famuyiwa, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein.
Challenges and changes in the production
The Flash movie faced many challenges and changes during its production, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. The film underwent several script revisions, which altered the tone and plot of the story. The film also had to deal with the departure of some cast members, such as Billy Crudup as Henry Allen and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The film also had to accommodate the inclusion of new cast members, such as Michael Keaton and Sasha Calle.
Michael Shannon’s return as General Zod
One of the most surprising additions to the cast of The Flash movie is Michael Shannon as General Zod, who was killed by Superman in Man of Steel. Shannon’s return as Zod was confirmed by Muschietti, who posted a photo of Shannon’s motion-capture suit on his Instagram account. It is unclear how Zod will fit into the story of The Flash movie, but some fans have speculated that he will be part of an alternate timeline or a flashback scene.
Controversies and Future Plans
Ezra Miller’s past legal troubles
As mentioned earlier, Ezra Miller’s past legal troubles may pose a problem for their future in the DCEU. Miller was also arrested in 2016 for possession of marijuana in New Mexico. Miller has not publicly addressed these incidents or apologized for their actions. Miller’s behavior has been criticized by many fans and media outlets, who have questioned their suitability for playing a superhero role.
Plans for a solid multiverse film with a poor time travel aspect
The Flash movie is expected to be a solid multiverse film, which will explore different versions of the DC characters and worlds. The film will also feature time travel, which will allow Barry Allen to alter the course of history and create new timelines. However, some fans have expressed their concerns about the time travel aspect of the film, which may create plot holes, inconsistencies, and confusion in the DCEU continuity. Some fans have also compared the film to Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, which also used time travel as a plot device.
Speculations about the cast’s future in the DCEU
The Flash movie may also have a significant impact on the cast’s future in the DCEU. Some fans have speculated that Ben Affleck may retire from playing Batman after the film, as he has previously expressed his dissatisfaction with the role. Some fans have also speculated that Michael Keaton may take over as the main Batman in the DCEU, or mentor a new Batman such as Robert Pattinson or Terry McGinnis. Some fans have also speculated that Sasha Calle may become the new Supergirl in the DCEU, or join a new team such as Justice League 2 or Justice League Dark.