Ever since Ezra Miller stole Justice League with his sly take on The Flash, fans have been clamoring to see Miller’s Barry Allen get his own standalone movie. The long-rumored Flashpoint came closer to fruition after Warner Bros. hired John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct. The duo was coming off the surprise success of Game Night, and after numerous stops and starts, the latest DC franchise seemed to be in good hands.
Well, not so fast (and yes, that pun was intended).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller has decided to write his own script for the standalone Flash movie, after reportedly clashing with Daley and Goldstein’s vision of the film. Miller is teaming up with the renowned comics author Grant Morrison to pen what THR describes as a “darker take” on the material. The studio at least wants to see what Miller and Morrison come up with, and have officially hired them to write the movie.
It’s a bold move by Warner Bros. After a rocky start to the DCEU, the studio has earned a bit of breathing room thanks to the success of both Wonder Woman and Aquaman. After the trainwreck that was Justice League, it’s become increasingly clear that DC will never match the sheer breadth and universal approval rating of Marvel. But with those aforementioned films, and interesting projects like Shazam! And Joker en route, it looks like DC may finally be figuring things out.
But hiring Miller to write a darker version of a Flash movie feels antithetical to what made the character work so well in the first place. Fans embraced Miller’s playful take on the speedster, and shunned the more morose aspects of Justice League. On the other hand, since breaking out as a chilling sociopath in We Need to Talk About Kevin, Miller has become one of our most compelling and unpredictable young talents. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. He’s earned it. Though, it seems all parties might have to decide on a vision soon. The Reporter adds that a clause in Miller’s contract means he could exit the role in May if no further films are lined up.
Ezra Miller’s Red Carpet Journey Into a Glittery Hedwig
Ezra Miller at the premiere of City Island in New York, March 2010.
Ezra Miller at the premiere of Every Day during the 9th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, in New York, April 2010.
Ezra Miller at a photo call for We Need to Talk About Kevin during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, May 2011.
Ezra Miller at the New York premiere of Higher Ground, August 2011.
Ezra Miller at the premiere of We Need to Talk About Kevin during the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2011.
Ezra Miller at at the 34th Mill Valley Film Festival Spotlight on We Need to Talk About Kevin, in San Rafael, California, October 2011.
Ezra Miller at a screening of Another Happy Day in New York, November 2011.
Ezra Miller at the Haiti Carnival in Cannes Benefitting J/P HRO, Artists for Peace and Justice & Happy Hearts during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 2012.
Ezra Miller at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, in Universal City, California, June 2012.
Ezra Miller at the Los Angeles premiere of Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, in Hollywood, California, June 2012.
Ezra Miller at a screening of Red Lights in New York, June 2012.
Ezra Miller at a special screening of The Amazing Spider-Man in New York, June 2012.
Ezra Miller at 2012 MTV Video Awards, in Los Angeles, September 2012.
Ezra Miller at the New York premiere of Trainwreck, July 2015.
Ezra Miller at the European premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in London, March 2016.
Ezra Miller at the European premiere of Suicide Squad, in London, August 2016.
Ezra Miller at the European premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in London, November 2016.
Ezra Miller at the CinemaCon 2017 Warner Bros. Pictures film presentation, in Las Vegas, March 2017.
Ezra Miller at the premiere of Justice League in Hollywood, California, November 2017.
Ezra Miller at the world premiere of Ocean’s 8, in New York, June 2018.
Ezra Miller at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 15th Anniversary Event, in Brooklyn, New York, November 2018.
Ezra Miller at the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in New York, November 2016.
Ezra Miller in a puffer-coat gown at the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in Paris, November 2018.
Ezra Miller at the U.K. premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in London, November 2018.
Ezra Miller’s hands at the U.K. premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in London, November 2018.