The Scarlet Speedster has always been a staple character in the DC Universe. A key member of the Justice League and the driving force (literally) behind DC’s inventive comic book Multiverse, The Flash has truly come into his on the small screen - and recently made his first foray into the DC Extended Universe in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Despite the semi-explicit separation of DC’s live-action realms, many fans were hopeful that the CW’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) would zoom into the DCEU as well.
However, DC and Warner Bros. Pictures chose to cast Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Barry Allen, keeping their TV and film worlds apart. Much to the delight of fans, though, Miller not only embraced his lightning fast character but also his television alter-ego.
Currently filming Zack Snyder’s Justice League in London, Miller discussed his upcoming standalone DCEU Flash movie as with MTV News. In the interview, he praised director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), as well as co-star Kiersey Clemons (who will portray Iris West). The cinematic-version of Barry Allen also says “he can’t wait” to meet up with CW star Gustin, and not just in the real world. He teased, or at least wants to encourage a full-fledged DCEU Flash-collaboration, saying:
“He’s a boss. I can’t wait to see him, eye to eye, adrift in the Speed Force — our eyes will lock and, in that moment, we will both know the truth. What truth? I dare not say.”
Miller’s hopeful allusion to a Speed Force meet and greet sounds too good to be true. At the same time, he did recently talk to with another major Grant from the DC Universe – writer Grant Morrison. The young actor was excited to chat with the influential comic book creator, explaining how Morrison’s work with the fastest man alive humanized The Flash and helped him understand the character better:
“Grant Morrison is my absolute Guruji when it comes to The Flash and the mythos of the comic book — these two-dimensional realities that we engage with in our three-dimensional world. Us trying to understand those beings is as ludicrous as those two-dimensional beings trying to understand us, and yet there’s something about The Flash that we can relate to on a uniquely human level.”
Rumor has it that Morrison’s powerful comic, Arkaham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, will play a role in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman standalone. It’s also very likely that his work on The Flash, while not as prominent at the moment as Geoff John’s ‘Flashpoint' saga, will impact the Keystone Comet’s first big screen adventure. While not necessarily sending the DC's two iterations on a brief Speed Force collision-course, Morrison’s Multiversal storytelling and down-to-earth take on character will hopefully rub off on the upcoming production.
DC’s head honchos have generally remained adamant about keeping the film and television worlds apart – it is much simpler that way. Still, some believe the company left a little wiggle room between its two media empires. If there's anyone who could bring the divergent realms together, it's the Scarlet Speedster. After all, two Flashes (albeit different Flashes) did share a moment during 'Rebirth #1'. At this point, fans hopes for a fun shared universe moment are probably unfounded. At the same time, stranger things have happened in the DC Extended Universe.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.