As with any DC casting announcement, it would seem, people were quick to jump aboard the hate train for the new Flash, Ezra Miller. I will openly say now that I had- indeed, have- my doubts. I am used to The Flash being someone quite different from that. And yet, Heath Ledger was certainly not how I pictured The Joker, nor Grant Gustin as Flash or Stephen Amell as Green Arrow. Robert Downey Jr was slammed when he was cast as Iron Man; a similar petition to the one against Ben Affleck, who I think will be incredible as Batman, was online against Ledger just over six years ago when his casting was announced. And that's not to mention speedster Quicksilver- Evan Peters was slammed before anyone saw Days of Future Past. Oh, what do you know, now he's frequently cited as the best part of that movie. Maybe we'll all stop being so judgmental now to stop looking like idiots in the long run (not going to happen).
But as humans and hateful fans, we don't learn. (And, of course, when amazing casting news like the new Suicide Squad movie is released, no one bats an eye.) People post pictures which deliberately highlight and extrapolate an actor's differences with the role they're set to play. They whine and moan and scream so the whole world can see them. And every now and then, a quiet voice of reason (occasionally mine- not always so reasonable) speaks up and defends someone. I haven't seen much of Miller, but I do know from what's been in his acting has actually been well acclaimed, so I don't think that's in the question. Thus, I won't be delving into his previous work and persuading you the guy can act, because it's general consensus he can, and he's good at it.
So, rather than posting the most horrible and un-Flash-esque photos I can find, or talking about his career, which I'm sure has only been done a good few million times in the last day, I'll actually provide you with some support for the role so you can make an unbiased judgement. I'm not persuading you to like him, just to keep an open mind. What I think is not too big an ask is to reserve your judgement and hatred until you see him in the role. All of the actors aforementioned made all of the prejudice ones look like idiots, so by all means have an opinion, but don't go flaunting it as fact that "Ezra Miller will be a bad Flash."
For defences of all DC casting choices prone to bashing, see here.
Here's one photo where Miller looks more respectable and not portrayed in an unflattering way. Can he pull off a smart Flash? From the looks of it, I say he sure can. Can he pull off a witty Flash? I think so, going by his roles and reputation. So there's two more plus points.
I'd like to point out here that the argument against Miller's sexuality is irrelevant at best and unfounded and offensive at worst. To judge his acting ability or ability to be The Flash on the basis of his homosexuality is foolish. The Flash he plays- worth noting that to the best of my knowledge, whether he is playing Wally, Barry or another has not been confirmed- does not necessarily have to be gay just because the actor is. Do you go saying Magneto is "wrong" just because the actor who plays him happens to be gay? I didn't think so- I doubt anyone who is capable of reading this sentence could be quite so moronic.
The next most common argument? But he doesn't look like Flash.
Which is funny, because the most common argument I see against Miller is that he's not Grant Gustin. And in case you hadn't checked, Grant Gustin doesn't look much like the above Barry Allen either.
And is that a problem? Of course it isn't. Gustin's take on the role is already well liked, it's pretty obvious from social media, and him not looking like Barry Allen regularly does really isn't a problem. Appearances change all the time from comics to film, and on whole that really doesn't matter. Acting ability and the character themselves is at stake here. The thing with Barry isn't iconic for his blonde hair, he's iconic for his character. Most people were not so superficial to dismiss Gustin because "he didn't look like Barry." (Let it be known my favourite live action Flash is already Grant Gustin and I think he's doing an awesome job.)
Of course, if you want Miller's appearance changed, there is such a thing as scissors and hair dye. Which makes me really want to see a live action ginger Wally West like the one in the animated Justice League series we all loved. He may well play that version, of course (as below). Miller actually fits the profile of The Flash in costume, and for all we know the image could be very different. Reception towards Affleck's Batman drastically swung when we saw him in costume, same as for Ledger's Joker, so I'm willing to bet the same will happen here.
I've been saving this one, forgive me. My favourite- and many other's, it seems- fan artist, Wee_Arts, who I have showcased three times, had his idea of what Miller might look like come a few years. (And that's a hell of a long time away. Why are people even complaining about this now?) All credit to him.
So, I'm not asking you to like the casting. I'm still not even sure if it myself. But what I do ask is that you all actually give it a chance and some time to see him in costume and character before you go judging. In the meantime, enjoy the show, and consider that maybe bashing every casting choice DC makes before we've even seen them act in their character yet- and yes, that includes Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck- makes you look like a bit of a fool.
Polls are risky. They're breeding grounds for easy click-an-anonymous-button bandwagon hatred on controversial posts, and so I almost left one out, but I'd like to see it. Remember- we haven't seen this guy as The Flash yet. His previous roles or his private life don't dictate what this Flash will be like. His acting career has been pretty impressive, and he might just look the part. Consider how much hatred the likes of Heath Ledger or RDJ received when cast in their roles which are now considered definitive portrayals. Remember that positive hopeful reaction when people saw Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck in costume, despite their previous rage, that we don't even know which Flash he'll be playing, and finally, ask yourself..