Warner Bros. and DC Films unveiled a sneak peek of the upcoming movie The Flash and the return of Micheal Keaton’s Batman at the virtual DC FanDome China. And the director Andy Muschietti and Ezra Miller revealed new details about the movie.
Emotional and Intimate Conflict Core of the Movie
During the virtual event, the director Andy Muschietti and Ezra Miller said that and emotional and intimate conflict is the core of the movie. The speedster will be seen saving his mother in the past. However, the main driver of the movie’s story arc is “emotional”. And the movie will go from a horror movie to a superhero spin-off DC movie.
Muschietti said at the event, “Mainly the emotional aspects of the story were very compelling to me. Obviously, it’s a superhero movie, it’s a big spectacle adventure, but what really brought me into it was the emotional power of it.” He further adds, “There’s an emotional message in the story, it’s also a time-traveling story which is always very attractive to me. Time travel has something that is inherently compelling in general, but this one is very special because it’s a very intimate conflict.”
The director adds that the story is about a boy who is trying to save his mother. This emotional aspect of the story got the director’s attention. Nora Allen, Barry’s mother died when he was nine.
The story further moves ahead showing Barry becoming a student of forensic science. He exonerates his father for the murder of his mother. This is the bonding moment between Barry Allen and Batman from his universe (Ben Affleck). The director adds Affleck’s Batman is an important part of this emotional story.
The Relationship of Barry and Affleck’s Batman
In a previous interview with Vanity Fair, the director said, “The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before. It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think.” He further says, “They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”
Muschietti says that Affleck’s Batman is the “baseline” for the movie. He says that Affleck’s Wayne is an unaltered version before jumping into Barry’s adventure. This is the similarity.
The unfamiliarity comes when Barry breaks through the barriers of the Speed Force and meets multiverse Batman (Michael Keaton). He also meets an alien Supergirl (Sasha Calle), and a double Barry Allen (also Miller) wearing a Batsuit with a spray-painted Flash symbol.
The Flash movie stars Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, Ron Livingston, and Michael Keaton. The movie hits theaters on November 4, 2022.