In this section of our Colossus Movie Guide for The Flash, we answer questions you have about the movie. If you’re curious about plot explanations, meanings, themes, lessons, motifs, symbols, or just confused by something, ask and we’ll do our best to answer.
- Barry Allen – Ezra Miller
- Henry Allen – Ron Livingston
- Nora Allen – Maribel Verdú
- Bruce Wayne/Batman – Ben Affleck | Michael Keaton | George Clooney
- Kara Zor-El – Sasha Celle
- General Zod – Michael Shannon
- Iris West – Kiersey Clemons
- Written by – Christina Hodson
- Directed by – Andy Muschietti
The Flash | Questions and Answers
Was the Chrono Bowl in the comics?
Nope. It was invented just for this movie. Why? I wish I knew. Actually, I wish I could go back in time and convince them not to do it.
Why was George Clooney Bruce Wayne?
When Barry saves his mother, he changes the past, present, and future of his world. That resulted in completely different people occupying certain archetypes. There’s still a Bruce Wayne who is Batman, but it’s not “Ben Affleck”. Even though Barry reverses his actions and sets the world back to how it was, he still moves the cans of tomatoes to the top shelf. Something that small has an impact on the DNA of the universe. From what we see, it’s only the video footage that exonerates his father (previously, you couldn’t see Henry’s face because the tomatoes were lower on the shelf) and George Clooney as Batman. But who knows what else is different.
Why did we see all those other versions of Superman?
Diegetically, within the story? There isn’t a good reason. We get the whole spaghetti bowl explanation of the multiverse, so it makes sense that we see these other universes. But why do we only see Superman? There’s not really a narrative explanation. But there is a business one.
The DC Extended Universe has not gone well. It’s had high points but overall it pales in comparison to the audience response and box office success of Marvel. With James Gunn taking over creative control of DC films, they needed a way to give themselves not only some closure on this era of the DCEU but a logical way through to the next chapter. That’s why we have Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, and George Clooney as Batman. That’s why we have Christopher Reeves, Nic Cage, George Reeves, and Henry Cavill all appearing as Superman. It implies that every DC movie from the last 40+ years has been part of this multiverse. Which now allows them to essentially reboot the entire universe under the premise that it’s just another of the glowing orbs in the grandness of all things.
In short—studio demands.
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