Friday, May 24, 2024

Box Office: “The Flash” Exceeds Expectations, Rushes to $9.7 Mil Preview Night Despite Fanboy Campaigns to Ruin It


I really enjoyed “The Flash.” For some reason, say the fanboys on Twitter, I’m not supposed to. Apparently, there’s something called “Fan service,” which the self appointed purists don’t care for in their films. “Fan service” means the filmmakers made a film fans can enjoy and meets their expectations. I guess the fan boys want their comic book heroes to read Ibsen aloud in these movies!

Anyway. “The Flash” exceeded expectations last night in previews and made $9.7 million. That’s an excellent start to what should be a $70-$80 million weekend. Director Andy Muschietti pulled it off, and he gets to direct a Batman movie — although “The Flash” is already kind of a Batman movie.

“The Flash” is a big fun entertainment that wraps in Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the whole DC Universe. Ezra Miller is a knockout playing two characters at the same time — Barry Allen and The Flash. Michael Keaton returns as Bruce Wayne after decades and is most welcome Jeremy Irons is still Alfred. Ben Affleck also plays Bruce, they are in different universes. Michael Shannon is back as General Zod as Sasha Calle, who you may know from “The Young and the Restless,” is Supergirl (but they call her Kara).

There are lots of cameos, some cool clips toward the end, and a BIG surprise ending. Please, don’t give it away! (If you’re my age, the almost-ending will make you clap a lot!)

Don’t bash “The Flash.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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