the flash

While touring the Justice League costume department, the Flash’s costume stands out amongst the other Justice League outfits. It’s brighter than the others, but still a dark red. The first thing you will notice about the Flash’s costume is that it appears to be constructed of many pieces, 148 separate red patches that cover a spandex-like black body suit. The suit is constructed out of so many pieces that a big blueprint hangs on the wall mapping out how the costume must be assembled. This costume in particular took eight months to design. Just assembling the costume takes a lot of time: eight days to construct, two days to map out where everything goes, four days to glue, and another two days to attach the wires.

The Flash logo on his chest is gold, as well as his belt and pieces at the elbows, shoes, and ears. The suit does not look as slick and polished as Batman or Superman’s costumes and that’s intentional. This is a prototype suit, and not everything is completely functional. Oscar-nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson couldn’t say if the Flash has another costume in the film created by Bruce Wayne, but I would bet on it.

In the comic books, electricity surrounds the Flash as he zooms by, and we will see a similar effect in the movie. But of course Zack Snyder has to come up with a grounded reason to do this, even though a reason isn’t really necessary. So the character has dozens of wires that criss cross his body which harness electricity as he moves as hyper speeds. In the film the wires will be enhanced with a digital effects to show electricity harnessed throughout his body. This will also explain how the character can time travel, as we briefly saw in BvS. While it looks very aerodynamic, the armor has scratches all over it — imagine what it would look like if an intense downpour left scratches on the paint of your car.

One of the hardest pieces to create for the character were the shoes. Wilkinson had to create completely custom sneakers for the Flash, complete with lightning bolts on the sides and bottom soles. I think fans will want to own these sneakers once they see them. If the Warner Bros. Consumer Products Department isn’t working on producing these sneakers in large quantities, something is wrong.

At the conclusion of my visit, Zack Snyder screened an unfinished scene for us, which I will recount for you in full. I don’t believe its a spoiler at all because it appears to be a scene from early in the film. Snyder says it’s one of the first scenes they shot for the movie.

The scene follows Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, entering an abandoned brick building with lots of colorful graffiti which he has co-opted for his home. He turns on the power and his apartment lights up with tons of computer monitors all over the place. The light reveals Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne sitting in a chair.

“Barry Allen, Bruce Wayne.”

“You said that like it explains why there’s a total stranger in my place sitting in my second favorite chair,” quips Allen.

“Tell me about this…” Wayne presents Allen a printout showing the security footage of Allen which was retrieved from Lex Luthor’s hard drive in Batman v Superman. Allen looks at the paper incredulously.

“This is… uhh… a person who looks exactly like me but is definitely not me. Somebody, hippy, long hair. Very attractive Jewish boy… who drinks milk. I don’t drink milk.”

Wayne is not amused. “I know you have abilities, I just don’t know what they are…”

Allen quips, “My special skills include viola, web design, fluent in sign language, gorilla sign language…”

Wayne has stopped listening and is admiring Allen’s prototype Flash costume which is in the middle of the room.

Looking closer at the Flash suit, Wayne notices its made of “silicon base and quartz fabric, heat resistant.”

Allen tries to explain what the superhero costume is for: “Yeah, I also do ice dancing.”

“They use it on the space shuttle to keep it from burning up on reentry,” comments Wayne.

Barry responds that the suit is for “very competitive ice dancing.” Barry turns and continues, “Look man, I don’t know who you are but whoever you’re looking for is not me.”

While Barry is turned, Bruce Wayne takes the opening to chuck a Batarang at the young superhero. Almost instantly time slows down and we are engulfed into Barry Allen’s world of slow-motion as he dodges the incoming weapon and notices that it’s a metal throwing star in the form of the Batman logo. He reaches out and grabs it, catching it.

We transition into real time as Barry looks at Bruce, “You’re the Batman?

Bruce now understands, “So you’re fast?”

Barry remarks, “That feels like an over simplification.”

Bruce is not amused, so he gets to the point: “I’m putting together a team, people with special abilities. You see, I believe enemies are coming…”

Allen interrupts him, “Stop right there, I’m in!”

Wayne surprised, “Just like that?”

“Yeah,” responds Allen, taking a few seconds to admit, “I need friends.”

“Great,” says Wayne relieved.

Barry still looking at the Batarang, “Can I keep this?”

After screening us the Bruce Wayne/Barry Allen meeting scene, Zack Snyder explains that he chose that scene for us because “it shows a little bit about what Ezra brings to the movie.”

You know, Batman’s Batman. I think Bruce Wayne has this kind of Batman humor that’s not the same as — you could say he’s the straight guy, you know? It’s what he’s good at. When I saw the scene — we just cut it together the other day — I was like, “Oh God, this is fun.” This is an interesting way of understanding how the movies have gone in a progression.

I’m not entirely sure how well that scene plays out reading it on this website (and I’m sure you’d rather be watching it than reading it) but watching it on a screen in the war room, it had me smiling and laughing out loud. This doesn’t seem like a scene that would have fit in Man of Steel or Batman v Superman. To be honest, it feels like something I would expect from a Marvel Studios film.

If there is any criticism I can throw at the scene, it is that it almost feels too similar to the Tony Stark / Spider-Man scene in Captain America: Civil War. And I’m not accusing Snyder of copying that film, as this scene was probably written well before anyone saw the interaction between Peter Parker and Tony Stark on the big screen. Its just an odd coincidence, kind of like how Captain America: Civil War almost feels like an alternate earth version of Batman v Superman, covering many of the same themes, many of the same beats.

I honestly had more fun watching this one scene than I did the entirety of Batman v Superman, and again, that’s coming from someone who didn’t hate that film.

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