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Warner Bros. Holding Just One The Flash Premiere To Protect a ‘Secret Ending’

June 5, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
THE FLASH Ezra Miller Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures & DC Comics

The Flash arrives in theaters in a couple weeks, and Warner Bros. is reportedly holding off on multiple premieres to protect a “secret” ending. Variety reports that only one premiere is being held that will be just four days before the June 16th release, which is part of an unusual marketing campaign for the blockbuster film.

While part of the unique promotional campaign has been Ezra Miller not being involved due to their various scandals from the last couple of years, the report notes that the single premiere has nothing to do with Miller and instead was to “keep the ‘secret ending’ under wraps.” A version of the film screened at CinemaCon but ended abruptly with part of the final scene missing. Warners also blurred out certain elements from the intact final scene in screenings that took place on the studio’s lot in Burbank this week. The report also notes that the final scene was changed several times before CinemaCon with a source noting that Warners was looking to keep its options open regarding Barry Allen’s future at the height of Miller’s PR issues.

While there will only be one high-profile premiere, the studio is still holding advanced screenings in international markets, with Michael Keaton set to host one in London. The film is currently tracking for a $75 million opening, which has alleviated fears at the studio that Miller’s public issues were going to hurt the movie’s performance.

Finally, the report notes that while it has never been announced, the studio has a finished sequel script that was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick that would include Keaton’s Batman and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl. The film has yet to be greenlit, with the studio waiting to see how the first one performs before doing so. It seems unlikely that Miller would be recast for the sequel if the first film does well enough.