When telling a superhero story, there are generally two approaches one could take to the character. Does the character fully understand and know how to use his or her powers, or are they just a hero in training? The latter has a high potential to be frustrating. As an audience member, there are fewer things more annoying when a character does stupid things for the sake of the plot (you have no idea how many times I yell at the TV when watching CW’s The Flash due to Barry Allen's terrible Speedster skills), and the former has the potential to be flat-out boring.
If a character is too competent with its superhuman abilities, you have the potential for everything to come too easy. If everything comes to easy, there is no inherent conflict, and that makes for a dull watch. To be fair, that’s only if you handle it wrong. Look at The Dark Knight. In that film, Batman is a fully competent hero, and still finds himself up against an even more competent villain.
So what about one of DC’s upcoming superheroes, The Flash? We’ve seen him in two movies so far in the DCEU, and we’ll be seeing him again in next year’s Justice League and 2018’s The Flash standalone film. So what kind of hero can we expect in those films? Will he have a handle of his Speedster abilities, or will he be learning the ropes?
Speaking with IGN, The Flash star Ezra Miller gave us an idea of the kind of Barry Allen we’d be seeing:
"I certainly think it will represent the next stage. What I find fascinating is that we’re still very much amateur-hour Speedster. I’d love for the series to track an evolution of Barry Allen’s early times as The Flash."
Miller didn’t stop there, he actually went on to cite a comic book version of the character that he wanted to avoid:
"Like, I love this comic Kingdom Come - unbelievable art - and in that The Flash is fully evolved, and you never even see him, right? It’s just like a red mist, and there’s no crime in [Keystone] City. He protects a whole chunk of the country.
"So that wouldn’t make for the most interesting film - you know what I mean? What do we have to learn about that guy? That guy barely exists, right? He’s almost one with the Speed Force. So it’s interesting to go to the beginning."
Indeed you have to strike a balance between incompetence and god, and it’s all about not boring or frustrating the audience.
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