Ezra Miller has already starred in two of Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ biggest movies ever: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Sure, they were short scenes but each of them served to introduce Miller’s take on both Barry Allen and his alter ego The Flash quite well. We’ll get to see much more of his interpretation once he joins the assembled team in Zack Snyder’s Justice League – due out November 17, 2017 – but audiences won’t get to see the title speedster in his own standalone film until director Rick Famuyiwa’s The Flash opens on March 16, 2018.
Despite the long wait, Miller is already focused on making that film the best it can possibly be. In speaking with MTV News, Miller revealed his take on the tone of the material for The Flash movie, his excitement for it, and what he’s learned from his “dope” director, his “tough-as-nails” female lead in Kiersey Clemons, and his comic book guru, Grant Morrison.
In keeping with the superhero’s classic characterization, you can expect Miller’s version of The Flash to be a little more light-hearted than his dark and brooding co-heroes:
“I think there’s just an intention to make something extremely fun and something superhuman and something deeply human. t’s the thing we’re all trying to do, but I think Rick’s mind and his heart are in an excellent place, and his expertise as a filmmaker, as evidenced by Dope, all come together as very exciting factors to me.”
As far as Clemons, who will play Iris West, Miller had this to say:
“Kiersey is amazing. I had the opportunity to read with her and do some explorative acting in our chemistry read … the results of these experiments clearly were positive. I’m just deeply excited about what these people carry in their hearts, and I’m excited about the radical intention that everybody seems to be bringing to the genesis chamber of this film.”
Miller is also keen on keeping to the comic book roots of the character and his wider world, as evidenced by his chats with Morrison:
“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.”
Also, Miller took the negative criticism of Suicide Squad in stride, using it as motivation to make future films in the DC Cinematic Universe more enjoyable for critics, fans, and those at the intersection of both camps. Also speaking with MTV News, Miller had this to say:
“You needn’t look any further than the Suicide Squad director and cast response to the negative reviews to feel how negative critiques motivate us. Ultimately, we can’t base anything on [the critical response]. As artists, we aim to please absolutely everybody with our work, but we also know that we have to keep expressing ourselves as best as we can express ourselves.”
Miller also clarified that his short scene in Suicide Squad wasn’t wholly directed by Zack Snyder, but was more of a collaborative effort between Snyder and Ayer. As for his outlook on the future of the DCCU and the response to critical disappointment, Miller’s approach is refreshingly optimistic and mature, something his fellow creatives and the angrier members of the fanbase could learn from.