Obviously, given the allegations against Miller and the manner in which they’ve disappeared in recent months, movie fans had quite the jokes about their return to the spotlight.
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“Hey Ezra, can I get a pict…”
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At the time of this writing (just a few days before the movie releases nationwide), The Flash has a 72% critics score and a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, which Warner Bros. is likely taking as a win considering all of the drama and controversy that’s followed the film through the years.
Currently, The Flash is projected to make $75 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, which would be more than the last two DC releases, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Black Adam. With a reported budget in the neighborhood of $220 million, though, the film still has a way to go until it breaks even. Luckily for the studio, The Flash has secured a release date in China which will undoubtedly boost its international box office totals.
Publicly, James Gunn and the rest of the DC Studios brass have yet to commit to Miller’s future with the franchise. Similarly, however, they haven’t closed the door on a potential return, with box office performance and fan reception likely playing a critical role in that eventual decision.
If the DCU does have to reboot the character, one way to do it would be to have Wally West be the DCU’s version of the Scarlet Speedster instead of Barry Allen, which would potentially speed up the reboot process given that it’s technically a new character.
In addition to Miller, The Flash also stars Michael Keaton, Michael Shannon, Sasha Calle, and Ben Affleck. The film, after almost a decade of development, will hit movie theaters in the United States on Friday, June 16.