Grant Gustin “Fully Supports” Ezra Miller Playing the Flash in DC's Cinematic Universe

Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 7:43PM
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Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 7:43PM
Grant Gustin “Fully Supports” Ezra Miller Playing the Flash in DC's Cinematic Universe
There were a lot of comic fans disappointed with DC and Warner Bros' decision to keep their cinematic universe separate from their CW TV Universe, and at least part of that had to do with the fact that Grant Gustin, who has become dearly beloved by most DC fans, wouldn't be the one to take the role of the Flash on the big screen. Apparently there's been some amount of talk about Gustin being upset  that Warner Bros. casted another actor, Ezra Miller, as the cinematic Flash instead of himself. However, this was a rumor that Gustin quickly dispelled, as he recently took the time to post the following message on a few of his social media accounts:  



Grant seems to be just fine with Miller being the cinematic Barry Allen, even though he admitted that he would have loved to have been featured in a film at some point as well. There's no doubt that he's put on a near perfect performance with his portrayal of the character in the CW's hit TV show, but at the same time, being right for TV does not necessarily mean being right for film.

Keeping their TV universe separate from their cinematic universe allows DC to do double the storytelling completely unrestricted by the events of what's going on in the other medium, and that could really end up being a huge benefit. The CW universe continues to get more complex and established as time goes on, and while the cinematic universe is just getting off the ground, it could very well be about to breakout in a really big way. Multiple universes with multiple iterations of Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman and all the DC characters exist in the comics, so why can't they have two or more live action universes as well? If people can read TDK III and realize that it's not the same Batman as the one in the main title, why can't people just as well see the Flash on TV and realize it's not the same one as Miller's iteration on the big screen?

When it comes down to it, it's all a matter of preference - neither method is inherently "better." It all depends on whether or not someone values two massive universes playing by their own sets of rules and telling their own set of stories, or whether they value one bigger, expansive and interconnected universe where absolutely everything relates to the rest of the properties regardless of whether or not they exist on the big or small screen.

In the end, Gustin's statement and the respect he has for Ezra Miller just make him more of an endearing actor. The Flash has been one of the best live action superhero TV shows to go on air, and a lot of that has to do with the cast. Gustin is the Flash, and chances are that's not going to change for a while. However, Miller is also the Flash, and there's a big chance he's going to own the role differently, but ultimately just as well as Grant Gustin. This also is doubtful to change for the foreseeable future of the DCEU.
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