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The Flash Movie Confirms Its Return To The Time Period Of Man Of Steel

DC fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of Ezra Miller’s solo outing as the Scarlet Speedster in The Flash. The film has been hyped up for its Multiversal ties to the DC Universe, incorporating characters from the franchise’s extensive history in movies dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. Recent developments have revealed that this upcoming movie will return to the time period of Man of Steel, the film that kicked off the Zack Snyder-led DC Universe.

The official plot description for the film has revealed that “The Flash” will largely take place in an alternate version of the events of “Man of Steel,” specifically in the year 2013. The description notes that Barry Allen will arrive in this alternate 2013 and urgently seek out the expertise of his friend and mentor Bruce Wayne, who in this world is an older and long-retired version of the billionaire superhero. With a global threat on the horizon, Bruce Wayne must decide whether he can become Batman once more.


During the Super Bowl trailer for The Flash, Keaton’s Bruce Wayne directly references Barry Allen as “going into the past.” This comment was likely the first confirmation that the film would explore events from previous DC films. The 2013 reveal further justifies the inclusion of Michael Shannon’s General Zod, the villain from Man of Steel, and the World Engine seen in the climax of Henry Cavill’s first portrayal of Superman. The ties to Man of Steel have been previously hinted at in a synopsis for the film, which mentioned Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen traversing the Multiverse to “change the events of the past.”


When the young hero accidentally alters the future, he goes searching to save an “imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for.” In this alternate reality, General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. This synopsis is likely referring to Shannon’s General Zod. The inclusion of Sasha Calle’s Supergirl in the film suggests that she could be the key to foiling Zod’s plan. Without a Superman to turn to, the universe-hopping hero may need to awaken one within this alternate 2013 universe.


The details surrounding this movie and its Multiversal plot are starting to make a lot more sense now that the 2013 detail is out there. When fans first saw Zod pop up in the recently released trailer for the film, it was a little shocking. That was amplified even further when the World Engine from Man of Steel was referenced. However, the picture is starting to become clearer. The Flash has been hyped up for its incorporation of characters from throughout the DC Universe’s extensive history, and it seems that it will be living up to that hype. By returning to the time period of Man of Steel, the film will be tying into the franchise’s past while also incorporating elements from other universes. The inclusion of Supergirl adds another layer to the story and suggests that the film will be setting up a new hero for future films.


Overall, “The Flash” is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the DC Universe. Fans are eagerly anticipating its release on June 16, 2023, to see how it all comes together.

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