With Justice League imminently due for release on 17th November, we've got DC's finest superheroes on the brain. We’ve already seen Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck’s Batman in action, not to mention Henry Cavill's Superman, but what about The Flash?
Sure audiences are familiar with him as a hero (he’s popular in The Big Bang Theory and has had his own TV show since 2014 where he’s played by Grant Gustin) and we had a sneak peek when Bruce Wayne called upon him for help in Dawn of Justice.
However this is his proper big screen appearance and therefore it's star Ezra Miller’s time to shine as the sensationally speedy Barry Allen. Here's why he's fundamental to the Justice League's battle against the villainous Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).
He notices everything
The Flash is called The Flash due to his speed. That's a given. But the way Barry Allen uses his speed is impressive. It’s not just to kill an enemy quicker or win the day faster; he can notice things Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg are too busy to spot.
Better yet, The Flash can utilise his time more effectively in battle situations: from being able to anticipate an enemy's moves in advance to removing potential hazards The Flash is essential to helping Justice League succeed. We can expect him to do a lot more than just manoeuvre a weapon into Wonder Woman’s hands, as seen below.
When he moves at such a high speed The Flash generates electrical energy which he can turn into lightning. Fans of the superhero genre know that being able to control natural forces such as wind, water, fire and lightning trump most other superhero powers.
With Aquaman (Jason Momoa) being able to control water and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) being a cybernetically reconstructed being, Barry Allen’s force with lightening can be used either alone or together with another one of the team’s power to cause some terrible damage to enemies.
He brings the funny
Batman isn't exactly renowned for being exuberant and if his grumpiness starts to affect to the team morale, the group name might have to change their name from the Justice League to the Moody Blues.
Luckily, The Flash appears to constantly be in good spirits, probably because he's younger, sprightlier and has had fewer people trying to kill him. It also comes from the fact that as an actor, Ezra Miller has a contagious, positive sense of energy. It’s safe to predict that The Flash will provide a few comforting laughs in the movie.
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Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.