The Flash’s first reactions are super excited: ‘Meets and beats the hype’

It’s been a long road to the big screen for the Flash standalone film. But while he still has another month to wait to see it, CinemaCon attendees were treated to one of the first screenings of the film on Tuesday night. And, well, there were some extremely positive responses

One such positive response came from none other than GameSpot Senior Editor Chris Hayner, who stated that “Keaton delivers everything you want” and that the film actually “meets and exceeds expectations.”

Fandom’s managing editor Eric Goldman was equally happy to walk out of the screening, specifically praising its originality. Goldman said The Flash actually had great moments that he “hadn’t seen in a million other superhero movies” before.

Meanwhile, Erik Davis of Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes called The Flash “a landmark” that brought him “to tears by the end.” And Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood declared it the “GREATEST DC MOVIE of the last 30 years” that wasn’t made by Christopher Nolan and said it “breaks incredible new ground.”

And there were many more reactions to that effect from other members of the film press.

But the response was not always totally enthusiastic. Veteran film reporter Jeff Sneider enjoyed the early parts, but thought he fell apart as it progressed.

The Flash sees Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) try to travel back in time to prevent the death of his mother when he was a child. He apparently makes it, but there were some pretty dire consequences: the Justice League he knew no longer exists, but the threats they fought against still exist.

The Flash arrives at a pivotal time for the DC Comics movie franchise in our world, where he has wandered aimlessly since the release of Joss Whedon’s Justice League in 2017. Late last year, James Gunn and Peter Safran took over DC Studios just as Black Adam was bombing theaters, and then last month the sequel to Shazam! bombarded even harder.

The Flash has always represented an opportunity to reboot the DC movieverse with its multiverse plot – create a way to introduce a new Batman or Superman to the DC movie franchise, for example. Though we’ll have to wait until the movie hits theaters on June 2 to find out exactly in what form Barry Allen will leave the DC universe.

CinemaCon brought us plenty of other updates on the upcoming slate of DC movies, complete with new looks. in blue beetle and in the Aquaman sequel–and a new final trailer for The Flashstart up.

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