The DC Extended Universe will be stretching its legs again in 2022 with The Flash UK release date planned for later in the year. The sneak peak arrived in the DC Fandome presentation and while we haven’t seen anything new since then it’s only a matter of time now with The Batman arriving on the big screen in a month, so here’s latest on the story, cast, age rating and our parents guide.
The sneaker set things up for the story to be about time travel and the multiverse, which is pretty interesting seeing as Marvel is all over that arc too at the moment with the likes of Spider-Man No Way Home, Across the Spider-Verse and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The comparisons don’t end there, though, as it appears that the movie is going to pull in alternate universe characters like Michael Keaton’s Batman if the Batcave we saw is anything to go on.Advertisement The plot will centre on Barry Allan / The Flash heading back to see his dear old mum, but if No Way Home has taught us anything, you can’t mess with the fabric of reality without causing a few waves. He’ll then have the job of trying to sort all of the mess out, but without a magical uncle Stephen Strange to rely on, he’ll need to pull his own support network together to fix things.
With only the sneak peak trailer to go on officially, there’s one name for sure that we can say is in The Flash movie cast and that’s Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore) as Barry fast legs. He’ll be playing at least one other alternate version of The Flash, so he will have been busy during production.Advertisement If the Batcave and Batman hood reveal is anything to go by then Michael Keaton (Spider-Man Homecoming, Morbius) should continue his superhero odyssey, reprising the role he made famous in 1989. The other character we saw is a girl standing next to the two Barrys and she’ll be played by newcomer, Sasha Calle. From the look of the insignia on her chest, she’s going to be Supergirl, so it’s all spinning together to be a No Way Home style mash-up.
We’ll update you with more details on the cast as they’re confirmed.
The Flash movie UK release date
In addition to the sneak peak, DC Fandom 2021 also gave us The Flash UK release date to aim for, which is the 4th November 2022. It’s going to be a big year for the DC Extended Universe, because it will then be followed up by Aquaman 2 in December, which kind of explains why this isn’t getting a release closer to Christmas.Advertisement At the moment it’s got the date to itself with no other films scheduled to come out on the same weekend, but there’s a lot of the year to go, so more movies will be announced closer to the release. The closest competition as things stand is Halloween Ends on the 14th October and then Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on the 16th December, so it looks like The Flash is in a good place to take the number one spot at the box office in the UK.
With the film arriving in October, there’s a slim chance it could push to be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital by Christmas. It’s a very short window, but it makes sense from a sales point of view. If not then it will be the New Year 2023 for home entertainment.
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Age rating and parents guide
The official UK age rating for The Flash will be announced by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as we get closer to the release date, but there’s a lot to go on from previous DCEU films. Most of them get a 12 certificate with that being the case for Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984 and Shazam!, so it’s likely that will be the case again here.
However, the age rating for Birds of a Feather and The Suicide Squad was 15, so there’s an outside chance it could creep up to that, but it’s very low. Nothing in the sneak peak implies that it will have the same levels of violence, threat or language and it just doesn’t fit into the Justice League setup, so it would be a big surprise if that’s how things shake out.
In terms of our parents guide, there’s sure to be similar superhero violence as in Aquaman and the latest Wonder Woman film. It’ll be a similar story with the threat level intensity, although with no confirmed villain as of yet there’s definitely more to come on this point before the release. Language should be low level if anything at all.
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As with the age rating, the runtime for The Flash movie will be confirmed when the release date is approaching, but again there’s plenty to go on from previous films. Both Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 were a little over the 2 hour mark, but Birds of Prey was shorter at just 1 hour and 41 minutes. With the speed of the title character, it’s possible that it will be a split the difference kind of deal in the end.