With uncertainty still looming over the direction that Warner Bros. wants to take the DC Extended Universe, Ezra Miller has reassured fans that The Flash will happen and explained that it's running late because of a commitment to quality.
"Anyone who knows anything about Barry Allen knows that he's always late," Miller said in an interview from when he was promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. "But then when he arrives, he gets stuff done. And that's definitely how this film's production schedule is proceeding. We're a little late."
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He continued, "But the reason why we are late, and this is the honest to God truth... We're all -- and I include myself in this -- we are very meticulously focused on making a movie that's not just one of the greatest superhero movies that we can possibly make. This movie's also going to be a gift to the fans."
Miller also explained that the Speedsters are the characters who connect the "disparate pieces" of the DC multiverse. He then went on to say, "I'm really delighted at how focused everyone is on getting it just right. And I'm really devoted to that as well. And honestly, we won't make the film unless it's going to be this consummate, beautiful offering to the fans and to everybody. We're just going to make a fantastic movie, but we're really focused on making it this super gift to DC fans."
Miller debuted as Barry Allen in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before reprising his role, in cameo, in Suicide Squad, and then more extensively in 2017's Justice League, in which he emerged as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise-divisive film. The film is finally expected to head into production later this year for a potential 2021 release, in part due to Miller's schedule but also because of work on the script. It was originally targeted for release in March 2018.
Progress on his solo film has been tumultuous, and there was some speculation that, following the Justice League's disappointing turn at the box office, the studio would pull the plug. However, the film has since been taken over by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and will follow in the wake of Aquaman's massive success at the box office.
With Miller adamant the movie will get made, it seems fans can remain optimistic. However, until the reception of Shazam! can be properly gauged, all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt.
Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, The Flash stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen.