When Bruce recruits Barry Allen, it’s experience meets enthusiasm, but what else has the younger man got? Unlike Wonder Woman’s or Batman’s years of fighting all manner of enemies, Barry admits he’s never actually done battle, stating nervously, “I’ve just pushed some people and run away.”
Of course, he can run—to call him fast is, according to Barry, an oversimplification. To say the least.
An excessively energetic student attending Central City College, Barry studies criminal justice with the hope of one day freeing his incarcerated father. More than eager to team up with the crime-fighting icon Batman, Barry’s quick mind is surpassed only by his ability to move at hyper-speed.
Ezra Miller, who plays the dual role, is himself a longtime fan of the comics, the character, and the physics behind him. “The Flash is a scientist in the sense that a scientist studies the natural order of things, makes observations and performs experiments,” Miller explains. “But Barry’s inherently interested in quantum mechanics because he’s literally running into them.
“When we first meet Barry in the film,” Miller continues, “he’s just awakening to his powers. He hasn’t really tested them out, he’s not yet breached the event horizon, as it were. But he’s starting to feel there’s an opportunity waiting for him.”
That opportunity comes in the form of none other than Bruce Wayne. Initially resistant, when Barry realizes it is actually the Batman who is asking for assistance, he is unable to contain his excitement, a feeling Miller expects the audience will share. “The Flash is a gateway character,” says Miller. “He’s like any of us would be, a spectator excited about being brought into the game. He’s giddy and delighted, bemused and confused…and admittedly really scared.”
As portrayed by Miller, Barry’s youth and naiveté only add to his charm. But the molecules whirring about within Barry give him a nervous energy and a rapid-fire conversational style that could wear on his more world-weary counterparts were it not for his genuine enthusiasm and complete willingness to join the League. A League which numbers, according to Bruce… “Not enough.”
According to Deborah Snyder, Miller made a huge impression on his fellow cast mates and the crew. “Ezra is just really, really funny,” she says. “We often found ourselves cracking up on set because he got so into the character that sometimes he would depart from the script and ad lib, and it was always something hilarious and totally unexpected.” Roven adds, “Ezra’s a very unique kind of actor. He engages you in so many different ways. Besides being tremendously funny, he’s extremely warm. And as The Flash, within that wit and sarcasm, you get this sense of vulnerability about him that was perfect for the character and the story.”
Despite his natural levity, Miller felt the weight of joining the League when he stepped onto the set among the other Super Heroes. “It was that feeling when you look at someone you know, at real people, but you suddenly see an Alex Ross painting in front of you. And you’re in it, too!” he exclaims.
"Justice League" has a November 17, 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder, with the story by Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder, the screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Willem Dafoe an Atlantean, Nuidis Vulko.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.