Admittedly, I was a little annoyed when it was first announced that Evan Peters was set to portray Quicksilver in the X-Men films and Aaron Taylor-Johnson snagged the part for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Clearly one actor can’t play the part for both Fox and Marvel Studios, but the perfectionist in me was a little annoyed that there’d be two guys playing the character at the same time. Deep down, I know it’s ridiculous and there’s no reason why we can’t have two successful renditions of Pietro Maximoff, but it’s just not as orderly as I would have liked.
Now the same thing is happening with Barry Allen. The Flash TV show starring Grant Gustin is in the midst of a strong first season run on The CW, but Warner Bros. and DC still decided to give the character a movie, too – with a different actor. Ezra Miller is top talent, but again, I find myself a little put off by the idea of have two Barry Allens running around and Arrow’s Stephen Amell has a somewhat similar feeling on the matter. Hit the jump to find out what he said about Miller’s casting.
Here’s what Amell told The Wall Street Journal when the outlet asked if he thinks he should play Green Arrow on the big screen should the opportunity arise:
“Yeah. Of course. And I feel like it should be Grant doing the movie.”
But as professional and respectful as Amell is, he also added:
“But the important thing to remember is just because Grant Gustin plays the part of Barry Allen doesn’t mean Ezra Miller can’t also play Barry Allen. There can be different interpretations of the character. Anyone who is a fan of the comics knows the Flash character is one of the forces that leads to parallel universes. And who knows, they might find a fantastic actor to play Oliver Queen on the feature side who has a different take on the character. I’m certainly a departure from the typical Oliver Queen from the comic books. I just think that everybody needs to be patient with the whole thing. The fact that DC and Warner have announced all these comic book features is nothing but good for business.”
We’ve had a whole bunch of different actors playing Batman over the years and there’s also been different interpretations on non-superhero characters as well. This isn’t really an issue of talent. I’m sure Miller’s going to kill it as The Flash, but personally, there’s just something about the two versions possibly existing at the same time that doesn’t sit right. But again, I’ll totally admit, that’s not a logical reason not to go with the best actor you can possibly get for the film, and Miller very well might be that.
What do you think? Should Gustin be the one starring in The Flash movie?