SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “THE FLASH” MOVIE
Warner Bros. Pictures pulled off quite the surprise with “The Flash” in theaters this week, incorporating a very unexpected ending.
In the film’s final scenes, Bruce Wayne pulls up at the courthouse in his car, and as he drives out, the assembled crowd breaks up to reveal him. But it’s not Wayne played by Ben Affleck or Michael Keaton, it’s Wayne played by George Clooney.
Clooney returned to the role more than twenty-five years after he starred in the infamous 1997 “Batman and Robin” flop, and the studio effectively kept it under wraps for almost six months, with the scene in question leaked. tour for half a day in January. just a few weeks after a few phone calls.
Speaking to THR, Andy Muschietti revealed that this was actually the third ending designed for the film. The first was back to the Toby Emmerich-Walter Hamada days of Warners when the plan was to reset the Snyderverse and create a new one that would lead to a Crisis on Infinite Earths event.
This ending, as originally conceived and shot during principal filming of the film, ended on the courthouse steps with Supergirl (Sasha Calle) and Batman (Michael Keaton) – with Barry realizing he didn’t. hadn’t reset the timeline like he thought.
Then Discovery took over Warners, Emmerich and Hamada were ousted, and the current presidents of the Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, were installed with their own plans.
The second version saw Calle’s Supergirl joined by Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Keaton’s Batman. This ending was shot in September of last year with Miller, Cavill, Gadot, Keaton and Calle.
Then in November came the announcement of DC’s Gunn-Safran era, and this pair had plans of their own. This included dropping the upcoming Cavill-led Superman and Gadot-led “Wonder Woman” projects that were in development, thus making ending cameos redundant.
They looked for alternatives but wanted to keep the central idea: Barry Allen thinks everything is fine but gets the rug pulled out at the last moment. Clooney and his agent saw the nearly finished movie and liked it enough to agree to be in it.
Warner kept the ending a secret, without testing it on screen and showing it at CinemaCon in April. The very first time the new ending was seen by anyone other than the filmmakers was during press screenings the week of June 4.
The result has become one of the most talked about elements of the film and leads to the obvious question – with Muschietti confirmed to helm ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’, will Clooney continue and star? the new main Batman in Gunn and Safran’s DCU?
“Absolutely not,” Gunn said in a reply to tweets Last Monday, the DC co-head further confirming that a new actor will be hired for the role – not someone who’s played it before.
“The Flash” is in theaters now, though its disappointing box office opening this weekend is leading to comparisons to “Black Adam” regarding its financial future.