A previously unseen still from The Flash just surfaced online that reveals the first look at Barry Allen’s (Ezra Miller) ex-girlfriend Patty Spivot (Saoirse-Monica Jackson).
The still comes via Twitter account The Flash Film News. It features Barry in his civilian identity flanked by Patty and Albert Desmond (Rudy Mancuso), with the trio all wearing badges that identify them as members of the Central City Police Department. Created by writer Cary Bates and artist Irv Novick, Patty Spivot first appeared in 1977’s DC Special Series #1 and went on to become a trusted ally (and occasional romantic partner) of the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash. The Flash marks Patty’s big screen debut, although Shantel VanSanten portrayed a different version of the character in CW’s The Flash, which takes place within its own, separate continuity.
Barry and Patty’s relationship in The Flash will apparently be purely platonic, with the film instead focusing on the dynamic between Barry and his primary love interest in the comics, Iris West (Kiersey Clemons). The interplay between Barry and Iris is the focus of a Flash video clip currently doing the rounds on TikTok, which sees the former try (and fail) to impress the latter with the aid of his superhuman speed. Responding to a surprise house call by Iris, Barry uses his super speed to tidy up his apartment, however, Iris ultimately discovers Barry’s hastily concealed mess.
The Flash is a Barry Allen Origin Story
The Flash isn’t purely a love story, though. According to Ezra Miller, the DC Universe blockbuster will also act as an origin story for Barry Allen, as it charts his final steps toward becoming a fully-realized superhero. “I think [The Flash] really carries him from being sort of the person we met in the Justice League films — it takes him from that place of a young person who’s come to his powers but doesn’t quite know how to manifest them, who’s joined a legion of superheroes but doesn’t quite know his place in the context of it, and it takes him from there to really, in my mind, being Barry Allen, being the Flash,” Miller said.
Miller also alluded to their dual performance in The Flash, as they portray a younger version of Barry Allen from an alternate timeline, as well. As a result, Miller reportedly appears in almost all the movie’s scenes, which left director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti suitably impressed. “I have to say, during our shoot, during principal photography, their commitment to the role was something like we’ve never seen,” Barbara Muschietti said in a recent interview.
The Flash arrives in cinemas on June 16, 2023.
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