By now, it’s no surprise that Ezra Miller is a pretty big fan of comic book and fantasy film lore. For months, the actor has expressed his genuine excitement when talking about the prospect of becoming Barry Allen for the DC Extended Universe, not to mention his enthusiasm for his recent appearance in the Harry Potter prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” On top of all that, Miller seems to have put in some serious thought to the intricacies of these universes, particularly the iconic reasons for The Flash’s powers.
In a recent interview with the #Mills YouTube channel, Miller explained how he plans to approach The Flash and the Speed Force, which involves drawing from choreography theory.
“[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.”
In terms of an adequate comparison to explain the Speed Force, Miller turned to another iconic franchise for help.
“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,” said Miller. “[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.”
Seems to make a fair amount of sense, although diehard fans for both franchises will surely argue otherwise, at least in terms of which is the better power to draw from. To see how all this translates to Miller’s performance, audiences can check him out in “Justice League” on November 17, 2017, and his solo film, “The Flash,” on March 16, 2018.
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