THE FLASH's Unfinished CinemaCon Ending Sounds A Whole Lot Better Than The Theatrical Cut

THE FLASH's Unfinished CinemaCon Ending Sounds A Whole Lot Better Than The Theatrical Cut

Details about The Flash's alternate ending screened at CinemaCon have been revealed, and it sounds like the movie once ended on a far less confusing note...without a trace of George Clooney's Batman!

By JoshWilding - Aug 26, 2023 07:08 AM EST
Filed Under: The Flash
Source: io9

Warner Bros. was extremely confident in The Flash's chances of success earlier this year, hence why it was screened at CinemaCon all the way back in April. 

The movie wasn't finished at the time, with incomplete VFX and a different ending. However, the response from critics in attendance was overwhelmingly positive, with excitement for the DCEU movie at an all-time high heading into the summer. 

The Flash raced into theaters a couple of months later and was met with a tepid critical response and a dismal commercial one. Now the biggest comic book movie flop ever released, it ended on a confusing note when Barry Allen found himself in a new timeline where George Clooney's Bruce Wayne is Batman. 

DC Studios' James Gunn and Peter Safran are thought to have been the driving force behind the cameo, a strange move when the former previously said The Flash was going to "reset" the franchise and set the stage for the new DCU (Clooney will not be The Brave and the Bold's Dark Knight). 

A piece on io9 by Germain Lussier looks back at The Flash's CinemaCon ending and not only does it fulfil the promise made by Gunn but it avoids much of the confusion caused by Clooney's random appearance. 

"The ending I saw, the one that left me feeling happy and hopefully, is so much simpler and smarter. At the start, everything is the same. Barry leaves the courtroom, talks to Bruce on the phone, a car pulls up and we see feet exit the car. At this point Barry screams 'Who the f*** is this guy?' and boom, the credits roll."

"We don’t see who Batman is. We just know it’s a new Batman from the ones Barry has seen. It simultaneously leaves the door open for the future, as well as being a killer out on a perfect use of your one PG-13 F-bomb."

While The Flash's other problems would have remained, this ending might have at least helped end things on a more definitive and satisfying note. That would have improved word-of-mouth and might have made a key difference at the box office. 

Do you think DC Studios dropped the ball by throwing Clooney's Batman into the mix?

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Origame - 8/26/2023, 7:35 AM
So wait, you're saying not showing the actor makes it less confusing?
TheEddy - 8/26/2023, 8:08 AM
@Origame - well, yeah actually. If we see just the feet we understand Barry is meeting the new Batman Gunn & Co are bringing in. Fusing a version that won't be used just brings up more questions.
Origame - 8/26/2023, 8:39 AM
@TheEddy - ...first of all, not showing the face means you can't just say that. You have nothing to back that up beyond head canon.

Second, having Clooney makes it clear he's NOT in the dcu. He's in the Clooneyverse.
Shivermetimbers - 8/26/2023, 11:19 AM
@Origame - yeah I agree with you. Having him in the nippleverse makes it very clear the flash is not in the upcoming dcu when they cast the new Batman. If they didn’t show his face, fans would wonder why Ezra isn’t in the new dcu and whether the Batman he met at the end of the flash was that one or a different one. Totally disagree with this article and believe the cinemacon ending would have been much more confusing.
StSteven - 8/26/2023, 11:40 PM
@Shivermetimbers @harryba11zack @Fogs - Whoa whoa whoa there! Why are you all dissing (is that still a thing?) the nipple-thong-verse? Hell, I'm sitting here right now in my edible '89 Batman thong with my little Bat symbol nipple clamps and I'm doing GREAT. Oh shit, you also mentioned "schumacherverse". Welp, I'm done (takes off thong, clamps, Batman cowl and black eye make-up, puts on khakis and a polo).

So... can I interest any of you gentlemen in a bundled home/auto insurance quote?
harryba11zack - 8/26/2023, 7:37 AM
Sending Barry the choker to the nippleverse was the best decision warners bros has done with the dcu.
Fogs - 8/26/2023, 7:42 AM
@harryba11zack - lol, true. That's what he deserves, the nipple-thong-schumacherverse.
dagenspear - 8/26/2023, 9:41 AM
@Fogs - Don't punish that universe like that!
UrbanTheEmcee - 8/26/2023, 7:38 AM
Yeah, would've been better.
RohanPatel - 8/26/2023, 7:41 AM
Yeah, this is the version I saw.
Usernametaken - 8/26/2023, 7:41 AM
Doesn't save the movie from being a trainwreck
Usernametaken - 8/26/2023, 6:34 PM
@Sabre81 - reported.
Sabre81 - 8/27/2023, 11:37 AM
@Usernametaken - Ok... did that work being reported? I love how much you're hurt about a your comment that was detrimental of something that you have no experience in. "Report to the teacher" Sound like a true cry baby.
Usernametaken - 8/27/2023, 12:03 PM
@Sabre81 - Act like a child, and you'll be treated like a child.
Usernametaken - 8/27/2023, 12:04 PM
@Sabre81 - also society have rules. Either you follow them, or you get a time out.
I hope you learned your lesson.
Sabre81 - 8/28/2023, 9:58 AM
@Usernametaken - A 'time out'? Hahaha, you are a child if you think like that is a response. Pffft, jog on you uneducated nonsense brat. Haha Sad little Prick :)
Usernametaken - 8/28/2023, 10:43 AM
@Sabre81 - keep going. I can do this all day if that's what you want.
Sabre81 - 8/28/2023, 1:53 PM
@Usernametaken - Nah, you're a child. Quoting Captain America shows what little intelligence you have lol Have a nice life of simple misery!

Bye, little Loser
Usernametaken - 8/28/2023, 4:26 PM
@Sabre81 - What am I going to do without you brightening up my day?
FireandBlood - 8/26/2023, 7:54 AM
Sounds better, but Gunn wanted to [frick] “his favourite movie of the year” over some more. DC’s commander and chief, people 🙄
HulkisHoly - 8/26/2023, 11:05 AM
@PlusUltra -

Can you be anymore negative?
Just curious
dragon316 - 8/26/2023, 7:57 AM
Sounds better but movie wasn’t much fun to watch only cameos
philinterrupted - 8/26/2023, 7:59 AM
I think it sounds worse, personally.
ProfessorWhy - 8/26/2023, 8:02 AM
Now tell me more about Shazam: FOTG
MarvelZombie616 - 8/26/2023, 8:08 AM
It's decided, i will watch "The Batman - Part 2", but not "The brave and the Bold".

To be fair, i always thought Robin was an idiotic character.
GarthRanzz - 8/26/2023, 8:12 AM
@MarvelZombie616 - I have thought about only watching that Batman too. After Peacemaker, The Suicide Squad, and Flash I was nearly ready to tap out. But the 4th movie of the Gunnverse...Blue Beetle was really good so I will give him another shot.
Shivermetimbers - 8/26/2023, 11:21 AM
@GarthRanzz - the “gunnverse” hasn’t even started…
ChrisRed - 8/26/2023, 8:15 AM
At this point, I think only a clean reboot can save the DCU.
It's very sad for all the talent involved but nothing else makes sense at this point imo.
Start over completely with the new Superman movie and don't include any DCEU actors. A total clean sweep - new Flash, new Wonder Woman, new Batman etc. Maybe focus on new characters not used in the DCEU, the Bat-family, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Zatanna, the New Gods etc.

Phase it out like the MCU did and focus on establishing characters in their own right and only then, begin to have them crossover.
Arthorious - 8/26/2023, 8:37 AM
@ChrisRed - agreed I think a clean break would be a good decision. Having ties connected to a past universe that only brought failure and disappointment is not a good move. If he really wants to use his older stuff like Peacemaker and stuff make them ELSEWORLD stories. No ties (honestly I’m not a fan of that approach)
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