- The streaming premiere of The Flash on Max garnered 1.1 million viewers in the US, slightly behind Black Adam’s debut of 1.2 million viewers.
- Even though The Flash almost set a new negative record for DC streams, The Flash had more viewers than Shazam! The Fury of the Gods, however, is still one of the lowest in the series.
- The disappointing streaming performance heralds a grim future for Ezra Miller as The Flash, making his return in future projects unlikely.
After a disastrous success at the box office, The Flash’s premiere is still failing. Prior to release, the film, starring Ezra Miller, faced many difficulties as its development spanned over five years with different writers and directors, as well as Miller’s various legal issues after filming ended, and the upcoming reboot of James Gunn’s DC Universe, which made him unsure. how important this story is for the future. This, combined with lukewarm critical reviews, led to The Flash’s demise as one of the biggest box office flops of all time, predicted to cost Warner Bros. at 200 million dollars.
A week after the release on the platform, Samba TV revealed the number of views of the streaming premiere of The Flash on Max.
As can be seen above, the film, starring Ezra Miller, debuted on the streamer with just 1.1 million viewers in the United States on its opening weekend, falling short of Black Adam’s premiere with 1.2 million viewers from the same demographic. . The Flash nearly set a new low for DC streams overall, well over the 260,000 viewers of Shazam! Fury of the Gods but still remains the second biggest in the series, continuing the title’s unsuccessful streak.
The Flash has an even darker future in the DC Universe.
The development of a sequel to The Flash began in late 2022, when it was revealed that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, screenwriter of both Aquaman films, had already been brought in to write a script featuring Batman. Michael Keaton and Sasha Supergirl Calle, though Miller’s whereabouts was unknown due to his disagreements. Gunn and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran hinted at the possibility of Miller returning to the next DC Universe, with the former later stating that the film would reboot the DC Extended Universe continuity and leave the door open for the actor’s return.
However, after the film’s premiere, it looks like Miller’s future as The Flash in both franchises is as bleak as ever. There was some doubt that he could have received more points for Max, as audiences who heard mixed reactions when the film was in theaters would have given it airplay, which could have given Miller and Gunn and the WB more credibility. A potential The Flash 2 was out of the question, as previous reports indicated that the studio would only fund it if the first film earned anything close to the $771 million that Batman made, a figure that only approached this figure. .
Miller’s only hope for a possible return is Gunn’s investment in the characters and storylines developed in The Flash. The identity of Barry’s mother’s killer is still unknown, and the eponymous character is now in a timeline with George Clooney returning as Bruce Wayne. Also, with mixed reports that Gal Gadot will be returning in Wonder Woman 3 and Gunn has indicated that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will lead to his DCU plans, the new studio head may have plans on how to bring back some of the actors who popularized DC superheroes. on the big screen recently.
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Key release dates:
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Release Date: December 20, 2023
- Joker: Folie a Deux Release Date: October 4, 2024
- Batman. Part II. Release Date: October 3, 2025
- Superman: Legacy Release Date: July 11, 2025