I will be upfront with you all… I am not a big DC guy. I actually use to be one of those anti-DC fanboys that reveled in the horrible reviews and box office returns of DC movies. I would be THAT guy poking fun at DC fans. I grew up though. I gained empathy and sympathy for geeks (and casual fans) that wanted and deserved something as well done as a lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe films. I learned that it really sucks to have Hollywood $#!& all over something you love. So from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for making fun of DC fans.
That being said I did love Smallville and I really enjoyed The Flash on The CW, and it’s the latter character I want to discuss more.
Ever since Ezra Miller was cast as Barry Allen for Batman V Superman people have been wondering what a DCEU Flash movie would be like. The character was played with a comedic slant in both BvS and Justice League. So it became a bit of a shock this week when Ezra Miller was reported to want a darker take on the character. If there’s been one consistent complaint from the DCEU it has been its obsession with dark and dreary. Not everyone, but most people…
With this revelation from Miller, the only comforting thing is Grant Morrison. I have a lot of respect for Morrison and think he could do a decent job at balancing the dark and the light. Are we talking about the Force here? However, I worry about this desire to be “darker” and that’s compounded by the fact that Aquaman and Shazam! both play off the lighter side of the source material. It seems that, once again, WB and their players are not on the same page.
Miller was brought on to be a youthful and light-hearted take on Barry Allen, not to play the Dark Speedster. If he feels that current writers, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, are taking the character in the wrong direction, it may be time for Miller to exit. Miller has not played a serious or dark moment yet as the Flash, and I wonder where his desire to do so comes from. I can understand Barry becoming darker thanks to his experience in a story such as Flashpoint, but shy of that it makes no sense.
DC and WB have shown no consistency with their stories for a shared universe, but that doesn’t matter as much in individual franchises. However, they have established certain characters and getting away from that can be dangerous. If Miller is unhappy with the direction of Barry based on BvS and Justice League it is time for him to walk. With The Suicide Squad being a reboot, it wouldn’t be hard for WB/DC to do the same with The Flash. Additionally, if they’re really set on maintaining a cohesive universe using a multiverse is the key.
Miller seems to have lost the core to Barry Allen. As such he shouldn’t be a part of this universe/non-universe going forward. This doesn’t mean I am against his take in general. Like I said before, I think the multiverse is a key to the DCEU going forward, but if this is meant to be the same Barry from the other films he would be out of character. WB and DC need to figure out exactly what it is they seek to achieve and portray on screen. Their fans deserve that.
What do you think about Ezra Miller’s desire for a darker Flash movie? What do you think about the multiverse idea? Let us know in the comments below!