Ezra Miller’s The Flash was an intention for Warner Brothers Discovery to save the sinking ship of continuous DCEU movies. The Flash does bring a lot to the table when it comes to the multiverse crossover but there’s still something lurking in the shadows for the studio.
It’s no secret that Warner Brothers Discovery has pushed the new Flash film promoting it extensively hoping for commercial aid and recreating the DCEU’s corridor for more movies on the line. Back to The Flash, the ultimatum for the studio may not achieve the height of success it was previously expected.
The DCEU Error
It’s hard to tell exactly where the DCEU went wrong. It seems the fans have outgrown its narratives that have explored characters beyond the mainstream- Superman or Batman. While the recent DCEU releases have faced extensive backlash at the box office, its rival Marvel Studio has laid almost successful plans for all movies coming out from the studio. Of course, MCU also has bummers at the box office, the most recent examples being Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quatumania and Eternals. The Ant-Man sequel’s earnings somehow exceeded the budget but it was thought to be the studio’s highest grosser.
The DCEU has seen wost days in the box office and the failure continued for a while. When the studio unleashed Ezra Miller’s The Flash to be a box office dominator, there is something that seems not to work well enough for DC.
Just earlier, DCEU has two major flops- Black Adam and Shazam! 2 and the poor commercial runs for the movies could heavily impact The Flash as well. Black Adam was Dwayne Johnson’s passion project and the studio also backed the film with the potential expectation of a landmark of success the studio needs. But Black Adam was not enough, neither was Shazam! 2.
While Warner Bros. Discovery has enjoyed both critical and commercial success from Elseworlds stories like Joker and The Batman of Gotham, it has been equally important to revise the error that the mainstream line-ups are currently facing. Of course, the studio knows it too, as they hired James Gunn who created a landmark in the Marvel Studios.
Can The Flash Save DCEU?
Even the extensive marketing hype could not save the highly inflamed Miller controversies. Amidst the controversies, the actor gets a standalone movie for their character in the DCEU. The news of Miller playing the DC’s titular character was not well received by the fans of the studio. Further, the studio did a terrible job of handling Miller’s controversies when it enhanced after his new movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Flash is tracking an opening to $70 million at the domestic box office. The studio expects the Father’s Day weekend could bring more audience members to the theatre.
The Flash does have some interesting takeout, after all, Michael Keaton’s return in his iconic role as Bruce Wayne aka The Batman has implemented a nostalgic effect on fans. On top of that, the movie also has Ben Affleck’s Batman cameo, which makes two Batmen in the movie. Further, Andrés Muschietti’s flick brings the most highlighting crossover of the DCEU ever even bringing back Michael Shannon’s villainous General Zod.
Despite being one of the final films of Gunn and Peter Safran’s previous regime, the new heads of DCEU have supported the film extensively. Gunn calls The Flash “probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”
Further, the pre-release positive reviews and fan following of Gunn are huge beneficial factors for The Flash but the prediction shows that the movie is not nowhere near crossing the $100 million opening landmark. The movie has created stupendous hype and the studio could use some groundbreaking success after Black Adam and Shazam! 2 disaster.
Source: The Direct.