‘The Flash’ Hailed as One of the ‘Best Superhero Films Ever’ After Early Screening

After months of good buzz from people close to it, 'The Flash' finally screened for media-types and the early reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

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flash movie early first reactions

It’s time to believe the hype.

After months of good buzz from people close to the movie, The Flash finally screened for media-types and the early reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

The Flash is hands down one of the best superhero films of all time,” Hollywood Critic Awards and We Live Entertainment founder Scott Menzel tweeted after Tuesday’s CinemaCon sreening. “No joke, The Flash is the ultimate movie going experience as it has a little bit of everything!” Michael Keaton’s return as Bruce Wayne and Batman received high praise, as did Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Miller’s dual lead performance as Barry Allen/The Flash was described by Menzel as “phenomenal.”

The Flash is hands down one of the best superhero films of all time. No joke, The Flash is the ultimate movie going experience as it has a little bit of everything! Action, emotion, heart, humor and plenty of nostalgia. Ezra Miller is phenomenal as dual Barry Allens. Michael… pic.twitter.com/F7SHA30vZM

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) April 26, 2023

Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes’ Erik Davis called The Flash “tremendous,” and said it’s not just the best DC film but “among the best superhero films ever made.” 

DC’s #TheFlash is TREMENDOUS! Forget DC, it is without a doubt among the best superhero films ever made. An all-timer. Inventive storytelling, FANTASTIC action sequences, great cast. SO MANY nerdy details. I’m in tears at the end. Everything you want from a superhero film & more pic.twitter.com/xYSn0zuXMm

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 26, 2023

Other early reactions from critics highlighted the character-driven nature of the movie and the deft handling of both humor and heart.

The second trailer for the film premiered at CinemaCon earlier this week, where Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav described the feature as “the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen,” per The Hollywood Reporter. Director Andy Muschietti praised Miller, saying “I discovered they are an incredible comedian and also [handled] all the action required for a big spectacle like this. They wanted to do all the stunts, and I let them.”

DC’s journey to bring The Flash to the big screen has been tumultuous, to say the least. Miller made headlines for a series of controversies in the months leading up to the film’s upcoming release. In January, they reached a plea agreement in connection with their highly publicized Vermont case, in which they plead guilty to trespassing. 

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” Miller said in a statement released in August of last year, addressing their worrying behavior. “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

The Flash hits theaters on June 16. Check out more early reactions to the film below.

#TheFlash is a compelling, character-driven flick with a real emotional core & game changing stakes. With heart & humour aplenty - along with some shocks & surprises - there's so much to be excited for. Keaton steals the show with a terrific performance. A real love letter to DC! pic.twitter.com/TkhTjccisz

— Nicola Austin (@nicola_aus) April 26, 2023

BELIEVE THE HYPE! Christopher Nolan movies aside, #TheFlashMovie is the GREATEST DC movie of the last 30 years that belongs in the same conversation as SUPERMAN 78 and BATMAN 89. The movie breaks incredible new ground in superhero cinema & honors DC lore of years past. #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/zGkhpfjlsl

— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) April 26, 2023

THE FLASH is awesome! One of the very best DC movies, a perfect blend of action, heart & humor! So many WOW & chill-inducing moments that longtime DC fans will love! EZRA MILLER is superb (twice, actually!) & MICHAEL KEATON’s still got it! #TheFLASH #BATMAN #CinemaCon pic.twitter.com/mYJrz7YUZG

— Scott Mantz 🖖 (@MovieMantz) April 26, 2023

#TheFlash is fantastic. I know Ezra Miller has made a lot of mistakes but they are soooooo good in this movie. Loved Keaton, the action, humor and emotion. Andy Muschietti has crafted something special. Thumbs way up.

WB didn’t show the after the credits scenes. pic.twitter.com/J8KsdrKVwz

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 26, 2023

Damn, #TheFlash is good! It’s super inventive both visually and in concept. The dynamic of two Barry Allen’s is crazy well done.

Emotions hit me intensely hard, solid surprises, and it got me wanting to watch again and really eager to see how they follow it. Well done. pic.twitter.com/7QqiHVNAJy

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) April 26, 2023

I don’t know what to say other than #TheFlash delivered more than I could have hoped. The acting is beyond great. Keaton delivers everything you want. Supergirl is my new favorite superhero? I’m genuinely shocked this movie meets and surpasses the hype. I never expected that. pic.twitter.com/PcmpJ2juZ6

— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) April 26, 2023

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