DC Comics' "The Flash" starring Ezra Miller made a splashy debut at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The superhero adventure received an enthusiastic response from the movie theater owners and exhibitors in attendance at the annual convention.
Executives at Warner Bros. and DC hyped "The Flash" as one of the greatest superhero movies ever, but while it didn't surpass "The Dark Knight," it still received enthusiastic reactions from the audience at Caesars Palace.
CinemaCon may not be Cannes, but it still demonstrates Warner Bros.' support for "The Flash," a project that has faced controversy, director changes, and COVID-19 delays. Despite the obstacles, the movie received its first screening at the event before its theatrical release on June 16.
In "The Flash," Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travels through time to save his mother, creating ripples across the DC multiverse and unleashing a parade of surprise cameos and nods to Tim Burton's "Batman," which were met with enthusiastic applause from the CinemaCon audience.
Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Kiersey Clemmons, and Michael Shannon were absent from CinemaCon, but director Andy Muschietti and producing partner Barbara Muschietti introduced the film, which had been in the making for four years.
Director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti cautioned that the CinemaCon screening of "The Flash" was unfinished but still "pretty awesome." Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav raved about the film, calling it the best superhero movie he's ever seen and praising its emotional depth.
Before Tuesday's screening, much of the media coverage surrounding "The Flash" has been focused on actor Ezra Miller's off-screen behavior, including allegations of assault and abuse. Miller has apologized for their past actions.
Last summer, Miller issued a statement apologizing for their past behavior and acknowledging ongoing mental health issues. Despite this, the studio remains confident in Miller's performance in "The Flash."
During Warner Bros.' presentation on Tuesday, Muschietti praised Miller's performance in "The Flash" and described them as an "incredible comedian" with the ability to handle all the required action and stunts in the film.
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