The Flash was widely regarded as being somewhat mind-blowing and the best thing the DCEU had ever—if not ever—produced, according to early talk. However, that excitement seems to have subsided little now that the final results are in.
Mr. Flash Catching Up
With 130 reviews thus far, The Flash now has a 72% rating. It also has a 98% audience rating, and while I do anticipate that it will be higher than the critical rating, that rating is currently just from a small group of 50 individuals who are devoted enough to attend early preview screenings because the film won’t be released to the general public until Thursday night.
Here’s where that positions The Flash in the overall scheme of the DCEU, even while it does act as a sort of bridge to James Gunn’s new DCU and Ezra Miller might continue playing Barry Allen in future projects.
- Wonder Woman (93%)
- Shazam! (90%)
- The Suicide Squad (90%)
- Birds of Prey (79%)
- The Flash (72%)
- Zack Snyder’s Justice League (71%)
- Aquaman (65%)
- Wonder Woman 1984 (58%)
- Man of Steel (56%)
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (49%)
- Joss Whedon’s Justice League (39%)
- Black Adam (38%)
- Batman V Superman (29%)
- Suicide Squad (26%)
Does Not Look Good Ratings
The entire DCEU is shown there. Overall not very good. In fact, I would contend that some of these ratings are excessive, particularly for the original Shazam (it’s good, but a 90%? ), Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman 1984.
Two recent projects that definitely should have been combined into one film, Shazam! Black Adam and Fury of the Gods were both depressing. Man of Steel ought to come in first. I think that’s it.
You can see why they’re beginning over at this point. Simply put, there isn’t much more that can be extracted from this cosmos. You may enjoy Zack Snyder (or be completely obsessed with him), but he has been free to do anything he wants on Netflix for years.
He won’t be returning. One of the worst ideas in a universe full of fairly awful ideas was The Rock’s plan to create a rivalry between Henry Cavill’s Superman and Black Adam. So sure, it appears that starting again is the play here, and that is what is happening.
Give Shot to These!
With all the nostalgia hits like Keaton’s Batman and I am confident that people will enjoy Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, I believe that audiences will enjoy The Flash more than critics. The DCEU is practically over after today, however we might see some of these characters again.
Overall, Tte Flash’s position as the fifth best-reviewed movie in the DCEU may not live up to the early hype, but it still holds promise with a 72% critical rating and a strong 98% audience rating.
While the DCEU’s overall ratings have been mixed, some films seem overrated while others deserve more recognition. The Flash marks a transition to James Gunn’s new DCU and could pave the way for future projects with Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen.
As the DCEU undergoes a reboot, the inclusion of beloved characters like Keaton’s Batman and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl is likely to please audiences.
However, the mention of Peacemaker’s new season indicates that certain characters may continue to have a presence in the expanded DC universe.