With the past announcement of Ezra Miller as The Flash in Warner Bros.'s up coming DC Cinematic Universe, many fans were left scratching their heads saying, "I don't see it." And understandably so!
Though the upcoming actor probably has the acting chops to dawn a super hero persona, at first glance, there's pretty much nothing about the actor that gives off any traditional Flash vibes. From his generally submissive ascetic to his distinctly crackling voice as well as his young age (In comparison to the other super heroes cast) there is almost nothing that supports the notion that he is fit to dawn the scarlet speedster's outfit as a wise cracking somewhat cocky, somewhat arrogant superhero among the titans of Ben Affleck's Batman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Henry Cavil's Superman.
So then, what kind of Flash will Ezra miller be?
Well, we can only know for sure when we see him in action but to make a properly educated guess I suggest we consider the workings of the movie making industry and in particular, the casting process. If you pay attention to Hollywood and the way that actors are typically cast, you are probably familiar with the way in which most successful actors have a brand. To explain, an actor's brand is something of a consistency in character types present in the roles they take on. In fact, as actors are building this brand it is pretty standard to have head-shots which embody this brand in a singular glance. But more to the point; its a thing that exists...really. Lets consider the following actors' roles and assess what their brands are based on the consistency of their roles.
Meat-head with a good heart.
Objecting and disgruntled brute.
Awkward Witty Misfit.
Get the picture?
So I hear you, "What does this mean for the Flash Josh!?".
This means that we can use Hollywood's casting logic along with Ezra Miller's role patterns paired with our knowledge of the traditional Flash while considering the shape of the DCCU to determine just what kind of Flash WB would cast Ezra miller as. (Gasp, that was a long one)
SO, lets get to it! Lets peace together Ezra miller's recent roles in order to identify his brand.
First up, we have 2011's "We need to talk about Kevin."
In this movie, Ezra Miller portrays an antisocial, arguably psychopathic teen with an intensely rebellious attitude towards his mother.
Next we have 2012's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
In this film, Ezra Miller plays a proudly gay teen who is full of life among a band of misfits charging though high-school.
And lastly there's the upcoming "The Stanford Prison Experiment"
Which, from the looks of it, seems to set Ezra Miller as playing a young, insubordinate prisoner non-complacently participating in a physiological experiment.
However different these characters may seem there is definitely a consistency about them which we can use to define Ezra Miller's brand and it is as follows
A rebellious misfit of youth.
Ezra Miller takes on characters that often don't belong as they are typically in a youthful phase of swimming against the current, which often refers to the social expectations set upon his characters.
So if we can safely assume that WB casted Ezra Miller as The Flash due to Ezra Miller's brand being in line with their vision for The Flash, we can also assume that The Flash that is set to debut will be something in the vain of the above statement about Ezra Miller roles. Further, considering the DCCU's reflectivity of the real world, we can start to paint a solid picture.
The take away.
I am certain that Ezra Miller's Flash will be something of a young, punkish misfit ripe with rebellion as he uses his super speed more as a tool against injustices than for justice and he'll be a bit of a badass in this way. Possibly a college student frustrated with typicality, he may irresponsibly use his powers as an F-U to the system. This persona will possibly leave him looking like an A-hole much of the time but hey, he doesn't care. He'll likely personify today's fast paced "gotta have it now." generation as the more mature members of the justice league try to keep up with him. And im sure he'll make lots of jokes which may only be funny to himself.
Ezra Miller's Flash is more than likely set to depart from the traditional comic version which in all likely hood will initially turn off comicbook fans but when he comes to the big screen for the first time, he is sure to make an impression if you give him the opportunity. Thanks for the read and I hope you enjoyed.