This is just crazy enough to work… seriously. Close your eyes and picture DANIEL RADCLIFFE Harry Potter himself as The Flash
Radcliffe showed a surprising departure from Potter with that movie, scaring up some legitimate adult moments in the dark corridors of Eel Marsh House. Who’s to say he can’t turn his talents to the superhero genre. Superheros with exception of Chris Nolan’s Batman are never a hard nut to crack, as long as you can look good in the spandex, crack a few Robert Downey Jr-esque jokes and have a lingering sadness about a personal tragedy in your life; then you’ve nailed it. Look at Chris Hemsworth in Thor a one-note character and actor (in SWATH he plays a Scottish Thor) with the same delivery of every line in the movie and yet… how fantastic was Thor? A great movie guided by a fantastic character in Thor (and hopefully Thor: The Dark World
He knows how to hold a franchise.
Radcliffe was the heart and soul (and name!) of The Harry Potter franchise for 10 years; we watched him grow and evolve as a character and an actor and he kept us anchored to the adventures of the boy wizard. Never showing signs of franchise fatigue or a lack of enthusiasm for his subject, Radcliffe FULLY committed to the role. With The Flash he could do the same.
He has a good relationship with WB.
Warner Bros (the studio who makes all the DC movies) has a good working relationship with the affable Radcliffe after 10 years of leading their flagship franchise with no hint of diva behavior. Radcliffe would be a safe bet for Warner to bring in fans and keep the franchise grounded. For us, that means we won’t see a different actor in as The Flash shortly after, as is the way with most superhero movies.
Did you see him on Brit comedian Ricky Gervais’s sitcom Extras? He nailed it as a stuck-up, geeky kid-actor who chased ladies much older than he is. Not afraid to mock his public image and appear as a goofball, Radcliffe could bring real comedy to the role of Barry Allen. And since Joss Whedon’s hilarious Avengers brought comedy back into the superhero world (Batman had all but killed it) cracking jokes will be the name of the game.
He’s actually a good actor.
Stuff all the haters; at the last Potter movie, I wept. Mainly because of Snape, but partly because of Dan’s delicate performance in the Forbidden Forest when he met his long-dead parents. Radcliffe held the scene in the palm of his hands and carefully stayed on the right side of schmaltz. I believe he can bring the humanity, charm and charisma that the role requires.
So what do you think? Hate the idea or love it? Let us know in the comments!