Ask anyone who's seen Justice League so far and they'll tell you it's Ezra Miller's Flash who completely steals the show. It only stands to reason that a hero who can run really fast would also be quick with a joke, right?
We got a quick glimpse of the Flash in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, but it's Justice League that serves as his breakout vehicle. Miller's inclusion and performance make us extremely excited (not to mention hopeful) for his standalone Flashpoint movie. Plus, the source material's concepts of time travel and alternate reality have the potential for Back to the Future-esque hijinks.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. In the meantime, here's a rundown of the Flash's Top 11 moments in Justice League that help make the movie so enjoyable.
When we first meet Barry Allen in Justice League, he's visiting his father Henry Allen (Billy Crudup) in jail. Henry was falsely accused of murdering his wife (or so Barry believes). As Barry goes to sign in, the guy behind him (a burly, tough-looking fella) tells him to speed things up. The irony of this comment shouldn't be lost on anyone and Mr. Allen turns around to face the man, all smiles. There's the flash of a hand moving through the air and we cut to the man's face, where a gaudy mustache and glasses are plain to see where they weren't before, drawn with permanent marker. This moment, which would earn a theater full of laughter from any audience, helps introduce The Flash as a merry prankster as well as speedster. Moreover, his usual visits to see his father in jail help make the character more emotionally resonant.
Brusque about brunch
Barry's not a people person, which he admits to Bruce Wayne when he's first recruited to join the League. In fact, he goes on an entire rant about why he hates brunch. Why would people stand in line for an hour for what is basically breakfast? The slow-moving tendencies of others is not Barry's cup of tea and we don't blame him. If you could run to one end of the country to the other like it was no big deal, you wouldn't want to wait in line for brunch either.
A helping hand
During the League's first encounter with Steppenwolf, Barry confides in his fellow team members that he's not much of a fighter, either. "It's really cool you guys seem ready to do battle and stuff, but I’ve never done battle," he says. "I've just pushed some people and run away." Still, he ends up proving himself useful in the fight by saving innocent lives and helping Wonder Woman out in a really cool way. As her sword falls through the air during her fight with Steppenwolf, he runs along the wall at top speed, tapping it ever so gently as everyone else is in slo-mo, so it can fall neatly into her hand. It's the first of The Flash's Quicksilver moments of the DC Universe.
Batman has a penchant for disappearing whenever Commissioner Gordon looks away for a second. But is it really possible for a dude with no real powers to slink away and off a rooftop without being heard? Justice League pokes fun at this when Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash meet up with J.K. Simmons' Gordon for the first time. After their meeting, everyone except Allen has disappeared when Gordon looks back. If anyone would be able to get away with this vanishing act, it's The Flash, but he stays behind, all awkward and not even aware his friends have left. "Oh wow. They really just vanish, huh?" he says to the Gotham police commissioner. "That's rude," he adds before running off himself.
The grave robber's fist bump
We guess it fell to Allen and Cyborg to dig up the lifeless corpse of Superman because they're the newest and youngest recruits. It's like some kind of macabre fraternity hazing or something. As the two dig up the Man of Steel's coffin in the dead of night, the heroes bond over the fact that they're the products of accidents. Allen, gung-ho as ever, goes in for a fist bump that Cyborg doesn't reciprocate. Allen retracts the fist, mumbling something along the lines of "something something racially charged." Leave it to The Flash to bring up American race relations while stealing a body from a Kansas cemetery.
No, not the DC superhero Static Shock. When Superman's body has been retrieved, the League takes it to Zod's crashed ship in Metropolis. All they have to do is place Clark in the fluid of the ship's Genesis Chamber, drop in the Change Engine and voila. Think of it as a Kryptonian chicken soup, only Superman is the chicken and the Change Engine is the bouillon cube. Only one problem, though: The Change Engine needs an incredible amount of energy to re-start Clark's heart. Enter The Flash, who runs from one end of the ship to the other, touching the Genesis liquid at the exact moment the Mother Box does. Another 'Quicksilvery' scene that allows Allen to prove himself an indispensable part of the team. He's like a human defibrillator!
Before they resurrect Superman, Barry voices his concern that bringing him back to life might end in a Stephen King Pet Sematary-like scenario. The 1983 horror novel dealt with dead people and animals coming back as evil after being laid to rest in an ancient Indian burial ground. Allen's worries prove correct as Clark isn't as happy to be woken up as they might've hoped. The Flash's wide-eyed whisper of "Pet Sematary" is enough to get you laughing, but there's more. As Superman takes on the entire Justice League in front of his destroyed statue, Allen tries to run around him. Everything slows down and it looks like he's got the upper hand on Clark... until the Kryptonian's eyes begin to swivel sideways in The Flash's direction. Barry's surprised expression is priceless and worth the price of admission alone
Time to check the ol' blood sugar
Given how fast he runs, it's no surprise that The Flash's blood sugar drops insanely quickly and must therefore be maintained on an almost constant basis. He tells this to Bruce while eating an entire pizza and after the League's little spat with Superman, he asks "Is this a bad time to talk about my blood sugar?" amidst the somber atmosphere. Luckily, Bruce gives him a blank check to raid the Batcave's pantry.
Tough guy Aquaman has a heartfelt and honest moment on the way to fight Steppenwolf thanks to him sitting on the Lasso of Truth. He threatens The Flash with introducing the speedster to every piranha the Atlantean knows, should he breathe a word of that gaffe to anyone. Barry quickly feigns ignorance for the fear of meeting the meat-eating fish.
It's not a contest...or is it?
As the general destruction from the united Mother Boxes ravages the Russian wasteland, The Flash and Superman set to saving as many innocent lives as possible. Barry saves a family by pushing their pickup truck out of harm's way and looks quite pleased with himself... until the little girl in the truck's bed looks over to reveal Superman carrying an entire building. Way to show up The Flash on his first big assignment, Superman.
This time it really is a contest
During the first post-credits scene, The Flash and Superman agree to friendly wager to see who can reach the Pacific Coast first. Barry, saying he's never been to the West Coast, points in a direction only to be corrected by Clark. If The Flash wins, he gets to tell the rest of the League that he won and if Superman wins, The Flash is kicked off the team, although a smile from Supes reveals this as a joke. Clark's actual terms are that if Barry loses, he has to buy the whole League brunch. A nice little callback to the fact that The Flash isn't so big on the combination of breakfast and lunch. We don't get an answer on the winner, so let's hope we find out in the next Justice League movie. Deathstroke who?