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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduces audiences to a whole lot of big DC characters – including the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman. We have reasons to be excited for the futures of all those Justice League members in the growing DC Cinematic Universe, but the hero that we want to shine a light on right now is Ezra Miller as The Flash.

The Scarlet Speedster gets two significant moments in the Zack Snyder blockbuster, not only popping in from the future, but also seen on security cameras taking out a criminal robbing a convenience store. One of these sequences is a touch more interesting than the other, but both do remind us of the great potential that exists in introducing The Flash to a big screen franchise. Read on for why we’re excited to see more of Barry Allen in cinemas after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Time travel is always cool
As comic book fans will tell you, when Flash makes his big first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s not actually present day Barry Allen who is talking to the abruptly-awoken Bruce Wayne. Instead, the Scarlet Speedster is employing one of the many tricks his super speed permits, and is clearly traveling back in time to warn Batman of a dangerous possible future. Purely speaking as a life-long fan of superheroes and science-fiction, it’s simply exciting that this fantastic narrative element will be employed by the DC Cinematic Universe in the near future.

It’s true that we don’t know exactly how experienced Ezra Miller’s Flash will be as a superhero by the time we catch up with him in Justice League, but eventually he will figure out how to break the time-space continuum and revisit previous events – either to deliver warnings or change the future. Everything from Back to the Future to Terminator to X-Men: Days of Future Past have shown that time travel can be a great device in blockbuster storytelling.

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