DC Films' The Flash have hired and said goodbye to two directors now, and according to that film's star Ezra Miller part of the process - but still a "tragic relay race." In an interview with Collider promoting his next film, Fantastic Beats & Where To Find Them (also a Warner Bros. film), Miller talks about the situation with his film.
“These processes are complicated, and I think it can - from afar - appear to be, as you say, something interpersonal or dramatic. That is rarely the case," said Miller. "These are groups of people taking the development of projects extremely seriously, and the teams are changing all the time. There’s often a lot of flux in who the team of the production of a film is before that production starts, and in this case, you hear about it, because it’s a critical figure - the directors that have been coming on and leaving. For me, it’s sort of a tragic relay race, and we’ve had a couple really incredible people carry this baton, and their marks are left on that baton, and the work that they’ve given to the project will certainly be represented in whatever the final product comes to be.”
When asked about his own approach to the movie and to his titular character, Miller described the deep cuts he's doing into DC's back issue bins as well as larger mythological roots.
“I mean I’ve been investigating and composing the character since the moment I started considering doing the screen test. Fortunately, a lot of that research is extremely fun and involves reading Flash Comics and other comics from the world of DC, The Brave and the Bold, and I’m really interested in the early history and some of my favorite stuff is Silver Age. Even the Golden Age and the Jay Garrick stuff, the original Flash," said Miller. "It’s just so fascinating, so endlessly compelling. It’s such an incredible set-up for exploration, all these fascinating concepts in physics, in mysticism, in fantasy… he can go anywhere. He’s that figure of the DC pantheon who transcends the realms, sort of like Hermes or Mercury before him in the respective Greek and Roman mythologies that the character’s (creator) Gardner Fox clearly very much based (him on).”
A big part of the upcoming DC Universe film productions is going to be the newly-named DC Films Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who is a big Flash nerd in his own right, having written the character for over a decade.
Miller will be seen next in Justice League, which is due out in theaters November 17, 2017. The Flash is scheduled for release March 16, 2018.