June is swiftly approaching, heralding a month of cinema madness unlike any since the pandemic brought the industry to a standstill in early 2020. An array of highly anticipated blockbusters awaits release, yet none hold as much promise as The Flash Movie. This forthcoming DC film stands as one of the final installments within the current universe, paving the way for the visionary endeavors of James Gunn and Peter Safran. With the return of Ezra Miller as the Scarlet Speedster, the presence of both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batmen, and the debut of Sasha Calle as Supergirl, The Flash is poised to grace the silver screen in mid-June, marking the culmination of an eagerly awaited theatrical run. However, there exists an opportunity for fans to catch an early glimpse of the film, courtesy of IMAX.
IMAX has arranged Fan First Screenings for The Flash on Monday, June 12, spanning numerous cities across the United States. A generous four days prior to the official release, these screenings will take place in cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Settle, and Salt Lake City. Attendees will also rewarded with a collectible comic book, most likely the prequel comic of The Flash released last year.
What Lies at the Heart of The Flash?
The Flash draws loose inspiration from the character’s contemporary and revered narrative arc known as Flashpoint. Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, harnesses his superhuman speed in an attempt to travel back in time and rescue his mother from a tragic fate. His father, wrongly accused of her murder, has been a lifelong burden on Barry, who has devoted himself to clearing his father’s tarnished name. However, despite a stern warning from Batman not to tamper with the fabric of time, Barry boldly ventures into the unknown. Consequently, he finds himself trapped in an alternate 2013, a reality devoid of meta-humans, where Zod reigns supreme and Keaton replaces Affleck as the Caped Crusader. To restore equilibrium, Flash must forge alliances with his younger self, Supergirl, and Batman.
While The Flash, much like the rest of the DCEU, has faced considerable hurdles on its path to fruition, it stands as a potential triumph that DC, as a brand, desperately needs at this juncture. Recently unveiled at CinemaCon, the film garnered resounding acclaim, with Michael Keaton’s triumphant return as The Dark Knight emerging as the standout aspect. As marketing efforts have predominantly centered around this seasoned DC veteran, Flash serves as a heartfelt homage to Tim Burton’s Batman universe while also bidding a poignant farewell to the current “Snyderverse.” It is for these reasons that DC and Warner Brothers have graciously granted fans the chance to embark on this epic adventure ahead of schedule.
When Does The Flash Race into Theaters?
The Flash Movie will race onto theater screens on June 16, 2023. However, for those seeking an early encounter with this cinematic marvel, a complete list of participating cities for the June 12 screenings can be found below