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'The Flash' Races Toward $75-Million Weekend

The following contains minor SPOILERS

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES — "The Flash" (2023) may not break the Speed Force at the box office, but the new superhero film is currently rocking a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 85%, at the time of this writing. Ezra Miller's first "solo" adventure as the Scarlet Speedster tallied $24.5 million domestically on Friday and is racing toward an estimated $75-million weekend.

The key to enjoying the film is surviving the cringeworthy baby shower-sequence that follows Barry Allen (Miller) trying to order his breakfast in the opening scene.

When you're watching the literal baby shower, try not to focus on the horrendous CGI of the newborns. Rather, enjoy the rest of the action sequence featuring Batfleck, Barry and even Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) working together.

After the baffling baby CGI passes, the Flash, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) converse briefly before Barry finally reports to work at the crime lab.

From that point on, "The Flash" is one of the best DC superhero films in recent history — far surpassing "Wonder Woman 1984," "Birds of Prey," "Black Adam" and "Shazam: Fury of the Gods."

Both Bruce Wayne/Batman (Michael Keaton) and Kara Zor-El/Supergirl (Sasha Calle) show up in Act II — after Barry time travels to save his mom, Nora (Maribel Verdú), from certain death. Keaton and Calle are both virtuosos in the film.

Miller himself gives an Oscar-worthy performance in the tradition of Fredric March's Academy Award-winning "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1931) feat, as both Older Barry Allen and the younger version of himself that he stumbles upon while traversing the Speed Force.

And once worlds collide in Act III, keep your eyes open for all the jaw-dropping cameos "The Flash" has to offer.


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