Warner Bros./DC are mainly going with established talent to bring the big screen version of the Justice League to life, but there’s room on the roster for a couple of newcomers as well. Chief among those will be Ezra Miller, who shall portray Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash in the upcoming movies. He has a solo vehicle currently planned for a 2018 release, and the rumors are that he’ll be making a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Batman v Superman in 2016.
What makes Miller’s casting so interesting is that it represents a primary difference between the WB and Marvel Studios methods of approaching their shared media universes. On TV’s CW, Grant Gustin is currently playing a well-received version of the same character Miller will bring to life, so one may be wondering why the up-and-coming thespian would opt to take on such a role at this point in his career. According to Miller, the scientific aspects of the character is what drew him to it.
Speaking with MTV News, Miller addressed Barry Allen’s history in the comic books and how the super speedster’s ability to jump through dimensions via the Event Horizon is a topic of fascination for him:
“Barry Allen is the hero of the Silver Age, who follows a lot of really interesting discoveries in physics. It’s like, where he comes from, we’ve figured out the event horizon was there, and then he was the character that was created through our mythos machine of comic books to break that event horizon so we could explore in fantasy. I think that’s an interesting idea – and also what the f**k does that do to someone?”
For those not in the know, the Allen iteration of The Flash was introduced in 1956 during the so-called “Silver Age” of comic books. During that run, one of Allen’s powers was to cross dimensional boundaries between worlds, with Barry operating in a parallel universe from the original Flash Jay Garrick. The two heroes even crossed paths on a couple of occasions, in the comic called “Flash of Two Worlds”. It’s a neat skill to have, and one can see how it would make for interesting material to explore in a feature film.
Even though we know very little about the Flash solo film (outside of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s involvement as writers), Miller’s willingness to discuss this part of the character’s mythos would suggest that the Event Horizon and hopping through different dimensions would play into his movie when the time comes. At least on paper, one has to admit that the angle has the potential to be a little more engaging than another Earth-bound adventure. With so many Marvel and DC adaptations on the horizon, going for a change of pace with some twisty physics may not be the worst thing in the world.
Miller was also asked about the CW TV show and if he’s been avoiding it. The actor said he believes the TV series is “awesome” and expressed a lot of enthusiasm for his small screen counterpart’s take on the Flash:
“Come on, we’re The Flash! It’s parallel universes! Grant Gustin is The Flash and I’m The Flash – don’t you see? It’s the Event Horizon, we crossed it baby! Grant and I are chilling. We’re gonna have a race – it’s gonna be dope! Like Jay Garrick and Barry Allen back in the day!”
In all likelihood, this is simply Miller speaking as a fan, but it will be interesting to see if the DC movies address any of the TV shows that are currently on the air. After all, DC head Geoff Johns admitted that the films and TV programs form a multiverse together, so it wouldn’t necessarily be out of the question. The suggestion that movie Flash will have the ability to jump through space time opens up a lot of possibilities to consider.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: MTV News