The Flash has been swamped in controversy for the past year due to film’s star Ezra Miller. Despite Miller’s troubles, the film has seemed to speed past China’s blockades to secure a release date.
American blockbusters have been mostly absent from Chinese theaters in recent years due to blocks put in place by the Chinese government. However, with tensions between the two countries lessening and Avatar: The Way of the Water dominating the box office in China, it seems as though these restrictions are starting to be lifted. The Flash is the most recent example of films to break through the embargo, securing China as yet another country to see the film during its global debut on June 16.
This move comes as a surprise to many given the controversies from the film’s star over the past year. While it’s been said that Ezra Miller is well on their way to recovery, many fans don’t feel comfortable seeing the movie given their actions. It’s possible a Chinese release could help bolster the film’s box office given these domestic controversies. However, only time will tell if the backlash against Miller online will translate to a lack of ticket sales.
The Flash’s DC Universe future
Warner Bros. Discovery already has a script for a potential sequel to The Flash, written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the man behind the two Aquaman movies starring Jason Momoa. However, James Gunn and Peter Safran did not discuss the Flash sequel during their DC Universe presentation.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller, The Flash also features Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as two separate versions of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso and Luke Brandon Field are also on board in undisclosed roles.
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