The Flash Poster Stands in the Shadow of the Bat

The poster for what Warner Bros. desperately wants us to believe is one of the best superhero movies ever made, The Flash, has been released. The trailer for the film will air during the Super Bowl, although, unlike Universal, Warner Bros. isn’t ruining its investment by dropping that online early. (To be fair, Warner Bros. can’t afford a move like that.) The Flash stars Ezra Miller as the title character, with Michael Keaton returning as Batman and a host of other DC characters that various sources will tell you either are or aren’t in the movie. Directed by Andy Muschiettti of It, The Flash will hit theaters on June 16, 2023. You can see the poster below:

Flash poster

This poster isn’t bad. It’s nothing special, but I like the minimalism of Barry standing alone, likely taking stock of the massive mistake he made if the plot of the film is what I assume it is. The best part, of course, is the Batwing flying overhead, which can’t help but overtake the image. That’s what I figured was going to happen in the wake of Ezra Miller’s horror story of a personal life; Batman would take center stage in the marketing, with the promise of seeing Michael Keaton step into the role again acting as the draw. Honestly, even if Miller weren’t (allegedly) a psychopath in real life, that would be smart advertising. Battinson may be the flavor of the month, but speaking as someone born in the 80s, Michael Keaton was Batman for a generation, and we still love him. Ezra Miller, on the other hand, was a lousy Flash in an awful movie that lost money. I like that the poster leans into this, with the Flash being literally overshadowed – or he’s about to be, anyway – by Batman. I’m curious to see what the trailer looks like once it airs, and whether Keaton will dominate it. I’m mostly hoping for an epic return for him as this film gets closer.

Comments (2)

February 12, 2023 at 5:19 pm

He should be in the shadow of a prison cell.

    February 12, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    He referred to himself in the plural form in public; he’ll never see justice.

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