So far, The Flash standalone movie has faced more than its fair share of setbacks during the development process. After losing original director Seth Grahame-Smith, it seemed like everything was going smoothly for the project once Dope director Rick Famuyiwa was brought on board to helm the film, with Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg all added to the cast. Then, everything went south again when Famuyiwa departed the project over “creative differences” with the studio, leaving the film once again without a director.
Despite all that, positivity continues to surround the project, which is based off a screenplay Grahame-Smith penned from a treatment written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Famuyiwa himself also performed a revision on the script recently. For what it’s worth, it seems like the bumps along the road haven’t affected Ezra Miller’s excitement towards the character or franchise by any means either.
During a recent interview with the #MILLS YouTube Channel (via CBM), Miller talked about what it’s been like learning about and exploring the Speed Force, revealing how he sees it working in the film, and the surprising way a dance choreography theory factors into all of it:
“[Dance choreographer] Martha Graham, one of my greatest inspirations, said in a series…in a quote that ‘there is a vitality, a life force, a quickening,’ and for me, the idea of a quickening, the idea that the whole universe as we know it is essentially this composition of things at different speeds, is an interesting idea.
So the Speed Force being like The Force [in ‘Star Wars’] in the sense that it’s a dimensional reality that’s manipulating others, almost like a gravitational wave that manipulates space-time. [T]hat is what’s interesting for my Barry Allen, and for me what becomes interesting is the human being who is suddenly coming into contact and rapidly starting to merge with the force, and what that is for a human being.”
This is certainly an interesting way to look at the Speed Force, which fans may have gotten a brief glimpse of in the Justice League Comic-Con trailer, and looks refreshingly different from the TV show’s version of it. The comparison to The Force in Star Wars makes sense as well, in that they’re both sources of power for certain individuals, that also acts as a kind of life force throughout the entire universe.
The Flash TV series has explored the Speed Force heavily in some of its more recent episodes, first tapping into and hinting at the full power of it during the season 1 finale. Then the show went into even more of its mythology and capabilities in last season’s ‘The Runaway Dinosaur,’ which saw Barry marooned inside of the Speed Force and actually interacting with it in hope of regaining his powers. Obviously, there’s more time and space to explore these concepts and powers in a serialized TV series than there is in a two-hour film, but it seems like Miller’s excitement and interpretation of the Speed Force may factor into the DCEU’s version of it. Considering how interesting of a power source it is in the comics, this should come as welcome news for fans out there hoping to see the film dive into some of the more complicated aspects of the Scarlet Speedster’s powers.