After the lukewarm critical response to the first three movies from DC Comics’ movie universe, some fans are getting restless. As a result, fans hoping for DC movies that are a little more fun have turned to the upcoming “Wonder Woman” and, further down the line, Ezra Miller's “The Flash” for their hopes that the DC Cinematic Universe can be brightened. Unfortunately, the recent director troubles for “The Flash” have some worrying.
Speaking to Collider at a junket for the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Ezra Miller (who plays Credence in the Harry Potter spinoff film) spoke about director Rick Famuyiwa's departure and offered his own insight. To him, it seems fairly standard, as he attests that production teams “are changing all the time,” and it’s rarely an interpersonal thing.
“These processes are complicated, and I think it can -- from afar -- appear to be, as you say, something interpersonal or dramatic,” Miller told Collider. “That is rarely the case. These are groups of people taking the development of projects extremely seriously, and the teams are changing all the time. There’s often a lot of flux in who the team of the production of a film is before that production starts, and in this case, you hear about it, because it’s a critical figure -- the directors that have been coming on and leaving. For me, it’s sort of a tragic relay race, and we’ve had a couple really incredible people carry this baton, and their marks are left on that baton, and the work that they’ve given to the project will certainly be represented in whatever the final product comes to be.”
While Ezra’s versions of the Flash has been featured briefly in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad," he hasn’t had a lot of on screen time yet. When asked about how he’s been developing his character despite that, Miller said he’s been reading some comics and even checking out stuff from DC’s “The Brave and the Bold."
“I mean I’ve been investigating and composing the character since the moment I started considering doing the screen test,” said Miller. “Fortunately, a lot of that research is extremely fun and involves reading Flash comics and other comics from the world of DC, 'The Brave and the Bold,' and I’m really interested in the early history and some of my favorite stuff is Silver Age. Even the Golden Age and the Jay Garrick stuff, the original Flash. It’s just so fascinating, so endlessly compelling. It’s such an incredible set-up for exploration, all these fascinating concepts in physics, in mysticism, in fantasy... he can go anywhere. He’s that figure of the DC pantheon who transcends the realms, sort of like Hermes or Mercury before him in the respective Greek and Roman mythologies that the character’s [creator] Gardner Fox clearly very much based [him on].”
As fans may know, comic legend Geoff Johns has been given the title of CEO for DC’s Film division, and is also a self proclaimed Flash nerd. Ezra spoke about how Johns being around has been a great source for information. “He keeps us full of information and he keeps us from making ignorant mistakes that would upset the fans across the world because you pretty much can’t get someone with a deeper knowledge of this universe than Geoff Johns.” Miller also said he’s had some glimpses of the film's script, and that he’s “extremely excited” about it.
“The Flash” is currently slated to arrive in theaters on March 16, 2018, although it’s not yet known if that date will be pushed back following the departure of Famuyiwa. While it’s not been clarified if the film’s release date is being pushed back or not, it’s been reported that it will shoot in fall 2017 as opposed to early 2017.
“The Flash’s” cast includes Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) as the Scarlet Speedster, Kiersey Clemons — who previously worked on “Dope” with Famuyiwa — as Iris West, Billy Crudup (“Watchman”) as Barry Allen’s father, Henry Allen, and Ray Fisher (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) as Cyborg.