Actor Ezra Miller has the privilege of bringing Barry Allen, AKA The Flash to the big screen thanks to the DC Extended Universe. He was first featured in cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and was a scene-stealer in the special Comic-Con footage for Justice League. If people still remain skeptical with the future of the DCEU looking dim, Miller’s casting should provide some comfort because his sensibilities both comedic and dramatic will go hand-in-hand as the scarlet speedster.
But Miller is not just enveloped within the world of DC Comics, but another world within the same home of Warner Bros. The actor will next be seen as part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Miller, a passionate Harry Potter fan expressed his excitement at the opportunity to join Wizarding history.
So I’d heard about the part, and remember that to me – someone who got into Harry Potter so young, as a fan – I thought this was a universe that had been closed to me forever. I thought we’d had everything we’d ever get from that world, I thought it was over. I spent years devastated that I wasn’t in that world, that I wasn’t in those movies. I would say, “I can do British, I promise!”
And then, to hear that J.K. Rowling had expanded that universe. That there was more and that there was this character… I almost couldn’t believe it.
The prospect of juggling two roles at the same time for a big studio seems like a frightening responsibility for a young actor like Miller. Despite of this pressure, he was determined to have a role in Fantastic Beasts while also utilizing that speed force for DC.
At that stage I’d already signed up to become [DC Comics character] The Flash and there were serious scheduling issues. For a while it looked like I wouldn’t be able to do this movie.
So I’m thinking about the part, I’m dreaming about it, I want it and I know deep down that I will do anything for it. So I start emailing Warner Bros. and I say, “Look at Humphrey Bogart!”
Casablanca (1943) was his eleventh film with the studio that decade. We don’t do that anymore, we don’t develop relationships between actors and studios. There’s no loyalty like that anymore. I say in these emails that I want that with you. I want Credence and I want The Flash.
From all of this information, I think it is safe to say that Warner Bros. made the right call to be in Ezra Miller’s corner. This young man has already showcased an incredible range that many of his fellow peers aspire to attain within their entire careers – and he’s 23. Let’s see if Ezra Miller will take a page from his co-star Ben Affleck and become another golden boy for Warner Bros.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on November 18.