The Flash television series has been a huge hit for DC and its fans. Many say it's easily the best DC television show, and possibly the best comic book show. So you can imagine that fans were very displeased when hearing Grant would not be playing the Scarlet Speedster in the upcoming DC Extended Universe. They simply could not accept anyone other than Gustin.
At first It Was Innocent, But It Got Ugly Fast
At first it was understandable, once you get used to someone playing a certain character, it's only natural they'd yearn for only him to play the role. So it would lead to some criticism.
But it eventually led to some pretty extreme and unnecessary hate comments, many regarding either Ezra's sexuality and appearance. While It's not quite certain how Ezra is dealing with this, Grant has recently stepped in and tweeted his thoughts on the matter. First denying any thought that he was dissatisfied with the choice:
OK you guys, I hate having to explain myself, I don't think it's necessary most of the time. Especially on the internet. I'm going to here because there are too many people that are saying things that are not true.
I fully support Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and The Flash on the feature side of DC. I've never met the guy, but I think he is a fantastic and interesting actor. Would I have liked to play Barry Allen in a film? Sure. I love this character and it has changed my life and making movies and tv is something I hope to be fortunate enough to do for the rest of my life.
Then he addresses the hate comments he's been seeing regarding Ezra:
I "liked" some tweets from fans that expressed their support of me and said they would've enjoyed seeing me in the movie. Nothing of anyone "bashing" Ezra. I don't condone that type of behavior (especially on the Internet) and I definitely don't partake.
I can't wait to see all the DC movies that are slated for the upcoming years. I am a fan and it will be awesome.
Embarrassed that I had to do this but those are my honest thoughts. Everyone chill and be nice.
This is a cycle that has always seems to occur with these roles. Ben Affleck as Batman, Jared Leto and Heath Ledger as Joker, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This list goes on. So, what do we do?
Really it's the only thing we can do. Whether you like the casting choice or not, nothing can really change it. I for one am really pumped for the new interpretation by Ezra. He's a great actor with wide range, and I'm liking what I've seen so far. Check out the clip from the Dawn of The Justice League special introducing him and showing concept art of what he'll look like here.
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash is set to make his debut as a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th. Then, he will eventually show up in the team up film Justice League: Part One on November 17th 2017, and get his own standalone movie in 2018.