Before too long, comic fans are going to have to adjust to two versions of The Flash. Grant Gustin is currently killing it as Barry Allen on The CW series The Flash, and by the time Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters next year, Ezra Miller will bring Barry to life on the big screen in a completely separate cinematic incarnation.
While speaking with EW on the set of the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, Miller fielded questions as to how his take on the character of Barry Allen will differ from the one folks have come to know and love on The CW series. Miller didn’t have anything concrete to say, but he did tease a “multi-dimensional” spin on the character…just not necessarily the kind of multi-dimensional you usually associate with the multi-verse traveling speedster.
Here’s what Miller had to say.
“Well, [first] it’s going to be a movie…I’d like for it to be an exploration of a human being, a multi-dimensional human being, to speak….Wow, I just made such a pun, without meaning to…I’d like the character to have many dimensions. But really, I’d like him to have the usual dimensions we know and love, and then some extra ones that are part of the amazing consideration of this superhero. I hope to realize him as a person, and I think what’s most exciting for me in superhero mythologies is when we feel the humanity of someone who is heroic — or the heroism of someone who is a flawed, deeply human person.”
This is an actor saying blanket words about acting. It sounds, in the vaguest context, like what you would essentially expect from the DCCU spin on the character. Following suit with their hyper-real, grittier spin on heroes they want to get into the psychology and humanity of Barry. Beyond the basics, there’s just not much to the quote. The movie will be different from the show because it’s a movie and he wants to play an interesting, multi-dimensional character. I, for one, am shocked by these revelations.
Joking aside, I kind of feel for Miller fielding press at the moment. Not only is he almost certainly not allowed to give any solid answers, he probably doesn’t actually know all that much about what this version of Barry Allen will look like yet. While the character is expected to at least cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Seth Grahame-Smith directed solo film is still a few years out, and as producer Charles Roven recently told Steve, they are only “Early, early, early in the script stage.”
What we do know for sure, and what Roven also confirmed to us, is that the DCCU The Flash is being designed as an entirely separate entity from the CW version with no current plans for crossover. A recent rumor pointed to a drastically different costume design, and no doubt the character itself is being designed as something very different as well. Gustin and the folks at CW are already knocking it out of the park with their spin on the material and there’s no fun in a simple re-tread, so if the movie’s going to stand on its own, it will have to be led by a different Barry all together.
All will be revealed when The Flash arrives in theaters March 23, 2018.