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Now, we may well be set to struggle through the next few months with only - only - one version of iconic DC superhero The Flash on our screens, as played by Grant Gustin on the CW's eponymous show - but that's a battle we'll only have to fight for a little while longer.

After all, with Ezra Miller soon set to hit movie theaters in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (in what is reportedly a small cameo, admittedly, but even so), we're now only a handful of months away from being able/having to over-analyze the respective differences of two - count 'em, two - Flashes (to say nothing of the assorted sidekicks, villains and alternate-universe counterparts that are already proliferating in the show).

What, though, will separate the two versions of the hero, aside from size of budget and visual medium? Well...

Ezra Miller Has Revealed Just How His Take on The Flash Will Differ From Grant Gustin's

And from the sounds of it, he's aiming to bring a darker, more flawed edge to the hero we already know and love. Specifically, as he recently told EW:

"Well, [first] it’s going to be a movie...I’d like for it to be an exploration of a human being, a multi-dimensional human being, to speak...Wow, I just made such a pun, without meaning to!...I’d like the character to have many dimensions. But really, I’d like him to have the usual dimensions we know and love, and then some extra ones that are part of the amazing consideration of this superhero. I hope to realize him as a person, and I think what’s most exciting for me in superhero mythologies is when we feel the humanity of someone who is heroic — or the heroism of someone who is a flawed, deeply human person.

The two main takeaways from that?

1. Miller's The Flash Sounds Like It'll Spend Less Time On Its Supporting Characters

Which, in a movie, makes a whole lot of sense. Where a TV show like The Flash can dedicate large chunks of every episode to secondary plot-lines, a film has substantially less running time in which to tell an engaging story. As such, delving into complex relationship structures and group dynamics can be tricky, especially in what will likely function as an origin story. Ultimately, though, that's the beauty of having two versions of The Flash heading our way - one can concentrate on the bigger picture, and the other can focus on the hero himself.

The other key point, though?

2. It Seems Miller's Flash is Going to Be More Inherently Flawed

Now, that's not to suggest that Gustin's take on Barry Allen is anything less than complex and well-rounded, but he's also a CW hero - there's a finite amount of grit he's ever going to exude. With none of the constraints of network television attached, though - and, of course, being part of the ever-grittier DC Cinematic Universe - Miller could well be set to bring a far more flawed version of the hero to the screen.

The big question now, though?

What do you reckon?

via EW


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