The Flash movie director Andy Muschietti knows exactly how to tease DC fans with reveals about the highly anticipated (and mysterious) new DCEU movie. After all, it has been over five years since The Flash movie was first announced by Warner Bros., and even longer since Ezra Miller first landed the role of Barry Allen.
In that time, The Flash movie has gone through countless of release date shifts, several directors, even more script drafts, and at least a couple of changes of focus. But now it appears to be back to adapting the Flashpoint story from the comics, where Barry Allen learns how to use his speed to travel back in time and prevent the murder of his mother…a noble intention that causes all kinds of ripple effects in the timeline, and will give DC movie fans their first glimpse of the company’s famed multiverse.
While Miller’s appearances as Barry Allen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and both versions of Justice League are generally liked well enough by fans, the big screen Flash costume never quite fully grasped the iconic sleekness of comics’ foremost speedster, favoring a darker color scheme and a more stylized lightning bolt emblem than comics fans are accustomed to.
We’ve known for quite some time that the plan has been to upgrade Barry’s suit for the new movie, with Muschietti revealing concept art back at DC Fandome last fall. But now he’s teasing the first look at the suit itself, and it’s a beauty…
That’s the kind of crimson we think of when we think of The Flash. And that lightning bolt/circle emblem is perfectly proportioned, and gives just the right amount of contrast with the red. It still has an appropriately high tech look to it and it’s very possible that Barry’s new suit will have been designed by Batman himself (or a Batman in the multiverse, at the very least). Revealing just the emblem in this way also feels like a nice parallel to the tease Muschietti offered of Michael Keaton’s Batman costume last week…a tease that might just also hint at a Watchmen connection if you think too hard about it.
Although, we also have a pet theory about what might have inspired the DCEU Barry to seek out a new Flash costume. In TV’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, Miller’s Flash met TV Flash Grant Gustin in a multiversal moment, and Miller’s Barry clearly admired the sleeker, more colorful TV version’s costume. Could the seeds of this major moment in The Flash movie have been planted in a TV episode from 2019? Anything is possible in the Multiverse!
The Flash is now filming and is scheduled to open on Nov. 4, 2022.