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Barry Allen (DC Extended Universe)

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Barry Allen
DC Extended Universe character
First appearanceBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Created by
  • Robert Kanigher
  • Carmine Infantino
Based onBarry Allen
Adapted by
  • David S. Goyer
  • Zack Snyder
Portrayed byEzra Miller
College student
Police intern
FamilyHenry Allen (father)
Nora Allen (mother)
Significant otherIris West

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Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen, also known as The Flash, is a fictional character in the DC Extended Universe. Based off the DC Comics superhero of the same name, he is portrayed by American actor Ezra Miller. The Flash makes his first cinematic appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before having a more prominent role in Justice League. Miller has also reprised the role in other DC Comics media such as the Arrowverse, and is currently slated to star in an upcoming film based on the character.

Development and portrayal[edit]

Early film proposals and casting for the DCEU[edit]

Development on a film based on The Flash started in the late 1980s when Warner Bros. hired comic book writer Jeph Loeb to write a screenplay, but nothing materialized from that.[1] The project went dormant until it was brought up again following the release of Batman Begins, when writer David S. Goyer was offered a chance to write a script for either Flash or Green Lantern.[2] In December 2004, it was announced that Goyer would be writing, producing and directing The Flash.[3] He approached his Blade: Trinity co-star Ryan Reynolds for the Barry Allen role,[2] with the intention of also using Wally West as a supporting character.[4] Goyer soon dropped out due to creative differences, but a film based on the Justice League featuring Barry Allen soon entered development afterwards, with Shawn Levy set to direct and Adam Brody cast as Barry Allen. However, this film also fell through.

On June 9, 2010, Green Lantern writers Greg Berlanti (who would later create the 2014 TV series based on the Flash), Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim were hired to pen a treatment of the Flash film. The Flash script was to be based on the recent run by DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.[5] Mazeau told Blastr.com that the studio was still actively developing the big screen take on the DC Comics' character and that the project was still active.[6] On July 20, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the film was rumored to be released in 2016 but it has not been announced.[7] In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced The Flash would be released in 2018 as the sixth installment of the DC Extended Universe.[8] Ezra Miller was cast to play the title role of Barry Allen.[9] The Flash was later postponed to 2022.

Film appearances[edit]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice[edit]

Barry Allen/Flash makes his first film appearance in a brief role, coming out of a time-travel portal as Bruce Wayne decrypts information taken from Lex Luthor. Flash tells Bruce that Lois Lane "is the key" and to "find the others" before disappearing. Bruce then examines the decrypted information and finds that Allen is one of several metahumans that Luthor had been researching in an attempt to blackmail them, sending the decrypted information, including security footage of Allen apprehending a burglar with his superpowers, to Diana Prince.

Suicide Squad[edit]

Barry Allen/Flash appears in a cameo role in the film during a flashback where he is shown apprehending George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang.[10] Allen's photograph is also seen while Bruce shows Amanda Waller files on metahumans during a mid-credits scene.

Justice League[edit]

Theatrical cut[edit]

Following the events of Batman v Superman, Bruce recruits Barry to join a team of metahumans in the wake of Superman's death, which Barry enthusiastically accepts upon learning that Wayne is Batman.

Director's cut[edit]

Barry Allen's backstory will be further explored in Zack Snyder's upcoming director's cut of the film, including his relationship with Iris West.

The Flash[edit]

A film adapting elements from the Flashpoint storyline is currently in the works, with Ezra Miller set to reprise his role as Barry Allen/The Flash.[11] The film will also feature Batman as portrayed by Ben Affleck in the DCEU and Michael Keaton's version of the caped crusader from Tim Burton's Batman films.[12]

Other appearances[edit]



See also[edit]

  • Barry Allen (Arrowverse)


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  8. Fischer, Russ (October 15, 2014). "DC Comics Movies Announced: 'Suicide Squad,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League,' 'The Flash,' 'Aquaman'". /Film. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Ford, Rebecca (October 15, 2014). "Warner Bros.' 'The Flash' Movie to Star Ezra Miller". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Kit, Borys (July 28, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  12. D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Ben Affleck To Return As Batman In Upcoming 'Flash' Movie That Also Will Feature Michael Keaton As Dark Knight". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2020-08-20.

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