One of the most intriguing bits to come out of the Justice League set visit news is that Ezra Miller’s Flash appears to be a key ingredient of the new, lighter tone adopted by Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman follow-up.
According to IGN’s report, they watched a scene from Justice League involving Miller’s Barry Allen, Ben Affleck’s Batman and GaL Gadot’s Wonder Woman as they arrive on the rooftop of the Gotham City Police Department headquarters. Here’s their description of the scene
“They find a worried Commissioner James Gordon (J.K. Simmons, on his first day of filming), who is bringing them up to speed on the case of eight missing scientists when the League’s fourth member, Cyborg (Ray Fisher), arrives to announce that his father Silas Stone (Joe Morton), the head of S.T.A.R. Labs, is now the ninth one to have been abducted. Wonder Woman suspects that a nest of Parademons must be nearby. The League determines a pattern in the abductions that sends them out on the trail. As Gordon turns to speak to the team, he finds all but Flash have already left. Flash knocks his colleagues for ditching Gordon, remarking, “That’s rude.”
IGN reveal that Miller plays The Flash with “youthful exuberance” and is “wise-cracking” his way through the movie. In an additional scene shown to them by Zack Snyder, Batman meets Barry Allen for the first time.
“Bruce has infiltrated Barry’s apartment to confront him over the surveillance imagery of him in the convenience store (as seen in BvS). Barry lies about being in the photos, even though his Flash costume is right in the middle of his apartment. Bruce then turns and hurls a razor-sharp Batarang right at Barry who, as we see Bruce now move in slow-motion, reacts to the sight of the Batarang and easily catches it mid-air. “You’re Batman?!,” he asks. Bruce replies he’s putting together a team and needs help from exceptional beings like Barry. “Stop right there. I’m in,” Barry says to a visibly surprised and relieved Bruce, adding, “I needs friends.” And then he indicates the Batarang he caught. “Can I keep this?””
According to what we’ve read and heard, Miller’s performance will be the funnest in a DC movie yet, injecting some much-needed humour to proceedings. His energy and exuberance has been compared to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man we saw swinging gleefully into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a wonderfully smooth transition from his previous ‘home’ at Sony. The descriptions of the clips featuring DC’s Scarlet Speedster certainly make us excited to see Justice League and, more pertinently, The Flash’s solo movie, which is set to drop in 2018. According to the reports, The Flash and Cyborg’s relationship is also key in establishing the Justice League’s light-hearted tone.
Ben Affleck also chimed in by saying Batman v Superman left plenty of room for humour to be injected into the DC Extended Universe moving forward. However, Affleck rationalised the darkness of Batman v Superman in saying the comic book origins and roots were inherently darker, with inspiration being drawn from notoriously dark stories like Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
“There’s definitely room for more humor. It’s not going to be – DC movies I think, by their nature are a little more – gothic, or mythic rather, excuse me, than some comic book movies are. But that movie was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns which is a heavy, dark book. And this is not that.
“This is a step in evolution in that to bring together all of these characters who have had their origins. It’s about multilateralism, and it’s about hope and about working together and the kind of conflicts of trying to work together with others. It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and people trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view. So there’s definitely, hopefully some fun in it. But it’s not unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down.”