As the release date for The Flash starring Ezra Miller gets closer, the intrigue and excitement surrounding the Scarlet Speedster’s first big-screen solo adventure is almost palpable. Although there’s been no official word about who the movie’s villain will be, reports suggest that Barry Allen is set to square off against an evil doppelganger. While time will tell what role alternate Barry will play, many fans believe he could be a new Reverse-Flash.
Now it seems like we have confirmation after a member of The Flash movie crew shared a photo of a T-shirt that might reveal the story’s antagonist. The shirt features the silhouettes of Michael Keaton’s Batman, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, and a version of the speedster whose arms and legs look pretty creepy. This led fans to wonder if the stunt-merch could be hinting at an evil version of Ezra Miller’s character like Black Flash or Reverse-Flash.
Either of these evil iterations of Ezra Miller’s heroic Flash would be an excellent addition to the film. Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino Reverse Flash / Eobard Thawne made his comic book debut in September 1963’s The Flash #139. He is the first and most well-known character to assume the “Reverse-Flash” mantle. Thawne is the archenemy of Barry Allen, a descendant of Malcolm Thawne, and a forefather of Bart Allen, Thaddeus Thawne, and Owen Mercer.
Back Flash has a slightly more complex origin story as he isn’t your run-of-the-mill bad guy. Created by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and Ron Wagner, Black Flash debuted in 1998’s The Flash #141 and is essentially the Speed Force’s version of “Death.” While it’s possible we’ll see Ezra Miller’s Fastest Man Alive battle this unstoppable speedster, it’s worth noting that Barry transformed into Black Flash for a while after Reverse Flash manipulated reality and the Speed Force.
The likelihood of either of these supervillains being the big bad in The Flash was given an extra boost when Ezra Miller said the story might not have “any villains” in a traditional sense. “In one way, I’d say there are a few villains who are in our movie. And then in another way, I’d say there aren’t any villains in a way that might be part of the exploration and message of the movie,” he explained during 2021’s DC FanDome. “I’m going to say those things because together they make no sense, and it leaves it all kind of cryptic and mysterious.”
While Ezra Miller’s reveal is super confusing, it would make sense if Barry’s double decides to take a walk on the dark side. For now, The Flash’s exact plot details are firmly under lock and key. But the script is said to be loosely based on Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s 2011 DC Comics crossover event Flashpoint. The story will follow Barry Allen as he travels back in time to prevent his mother’s death, which brings unintentional consequences to his timeline.
Joining Ezra Miller in the cast are Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, and Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen. Sasha Calle will be taking on the role of Supergirl. Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Tim Burton’s Batman, along with Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader. The Flash is directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay written by Christina Hodson. The movie is set for release in theaters on November 4, 2022.