Ezra Miller has been a busy man lately, between his cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, his Justice League trailer appearance, the actual Justice League film, his own solo Flash film, and J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With Fantastic Beasts being released in theaters very soon, Miller has kicked up his interview appearances into overdrive as everyday seems to hold a new Q&A with the actor. Not to mention the onslaught of questioning about the behind-the-scenes shake-ups with Rick Famuyiwa’s departure from The Flash film, which is just icing on the cake.
Collider spoke with Miller at the Fantastic Beasts New York junket, where he talked about both the Harry Potter spin-off and his future as the scarlet speedster. Miller was first asked about his decision to take on a pantheon of big-ticket WB feature films, as Collider mentions the last time they talked with him, around four years ago, he didn’t seem very interested in any of it.
Collider: I got the impression when we last spoke about four years ago that you were shying away from doing big studio movies or franchises, and now you’re doing two of them that might keep you busy for ten years or more. What changed your mind?
EZRA MILLER: I was just attracted to the stories in a way that I couldn’t deny. My love of the DC Universe when it came time to make that decision was very over-powering, and certainly, the same can be said about when I got the call regarding Fantastic Beasts.
Collider then moved on to Miller’s character in Fantastic Beasts, Credence, and that he apparently will has issues with his foster mother in the film. They also touched on Miller’s bowl-haircut that is being used in the film, and how it was shaped using an actual bowl. Fast-forwarding over the rest of the Fantastic Beasts questions, Collider than delves into the eventual, currently-directorless, Flash movie.
Collider: I’m a huge Flash fan so it’s nice to have teases in the other movies so far, and they’ve been very different as far as the character. Has that helped you build the character going into Justice League or your own movie?
Miller: Yeah, I mean, I’ve been investigating and composing the character since the moment I started to consider doing the screen test. 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.
Miller continues on about the research he did with the role, which should be plentiful considering the Flash has been in existence for over 50 years. He reveals that he’s researched all the way back to the Jay Garrick helmed Golden Age, but that the physics-defying and arguably character-defining Silver Age was his personal favorite.
Collider: Oh, you went back that far? You went way back.
MILLER: Yeah, oh, I went all the way. I’m really interested in the early history and some of my favorite stuff has been the 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… I mean, he can really 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.
Considering the Silver Age introduced the elements of the Flash mythos that are most recognizable today, including Barry Allen, the Rogues, and the idea of the Multiverse, it makes sense Miller found this era the most fascinating. Elements of the Silver Age will most likely comprise the majority of the film, as it was even reported months ago that the team of Rogues would be the first solo movie villains.
The next topic was WB’s new creative leader for the DC extended universe, Geoff Johns. Like you would imagine, Miller loves working with a man who holds the characters in such high regards. It’s safe to say Miller believes DC is in good hands.
Collider: And then you have a Flash super-nerd like Geoff Johns who loves the character…
MILLER: Yes! He’s a good guy to have around. 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.
Lastly, the obligatory Rick Famuyiwa question is asked, to which Miller echoes many answers he’s given to the same question over the past couple of weeks. He wraps up the interview by revealing he has seen glimpses of the script, and he is extremely excited.
Collider: What’s going on with the movie now? Obviously, a couple directors have left. Is that because they can’t handle “The Ezra”?
MILLER: Oh, God!! (laughs) No, you know, these processes are complicated, and I think it can, and I think from afar, it can appear to be–as you say–something interpersonal or dramatic. 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.
Collider: At least Phil Lord and Chris Miller had a good excuse, since they got a Han Solo movie.
MILLER: Sure, yeah. 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.
Collider: Have you read a script and are you pretty happy with where the script is or are you just getting pieces and not knowing that much?
MILLER: I’ve had glimpses of various points in the development of it. And I’m extremely excited.
Well, there you have it. Are you as excited as Miller is for the Flash film? What about Fantastic Beasts? Also, do you think the Flash film is in trouble after Famuyiwa’s departure, or do you think production will still run smoothly? Make sure to let us know your thoughts below in the comments.