So ‘Justice League’ is here, and with it (or rather, its box office performance) comes a whole host of questions regarding the future of the DC Extended Universe. But as up in the air as a lot of Warner’s previously announced plans suddenly find themselves, one of the few that seems to be on more or less solid ground is the Flash’s solo feature, dubbed ‘Flashpoint’. This likely owes itself both to the generally positive audience reaction to Ezra Miller’s version of the Scarlet Speedster and to the reality-altering nature of the story’s comic book namesake.
With his future in the DCEU at least relatively secure, it’s natural to wonder exactly what informs Miller’s conception of his character. This is especially so given that his role in ‘Justice League’ was largely that of comic relief, and while he acquitted himself admirably in that role, it’s not quite the same thing as carrying your own film.
Fortunately, it’s clear that Miller has put a good deal of thought, not only into his character but into his powers. In an interview conducted for Titan Books’ ‘Justice League: The Art of the Film’, Miller shares his take on the Flash’s speed, which as he explains, means more than simply running fast. I’ll let the man himself take it from here:
“Okay, so there’s a way that you could perceive the Flash, which is that he’s fast, right? Boring! Or you can perceive him as I do, as what I may refer to as the quantum vibrator. He brings the Justice League this extra-dimensional power, wherein he plays within the reality of time and space, which of course, as we know from recent physical evidence that supports Einstein’s theory of relativity, time and space are one entity. And this entity not only bends, but it jiggles.”
That’s all a bit… quasi-scientific, to say the least, but we are talking about a character who can vibrate through walls, after all. Besides which, I’m not here to nitpick the guy Neil deGrasse Tyson-style. The point is that Miller has put this level of thought into his character’s abilities in the first place, which certainly opens him up to possibilities greater than “runs fast”. And if he’s put that much thought into his powers, who knows what he’s put into his personality?
Ezra Miller can currently be seen as the Flash in ‘Justice League’, which is now playing in theaters. Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, ‘Justice League’ will serve as the flagship entry in DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe. The film features Miller alongside returning DC stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, and Amy Adams as they are joined by a slate of newcomers that includes Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Ciaran Hinds, and J.K. Simmons.