While fans of The Flash have known for some time that Ezra Miller, best known from We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, is to play Barry Allen on the big screen, it would seem that confirmation of him landing the role, together with news of a few upcoming appearances in movies, hasn’t gone down well with some people.
After receiving a tweet which he then responded to, Grant Gustin, who currently plays the superhero in the CW TV series, took time out to post a rather lengthy message to those fans who appeared to feel that, by having favourited a couple of fans’ tweets that addressed the whole Flash issue, he was bashing Miller and the fact that he himself wouldn’t get to play the speedster on the big screen.
@A_E414 am I getting hate? Haven't seen it. Busy with my life and job. I think Ezra is a great actor and he'll crush Flash.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) January 21, 2016
He told fans:
“OK you guys. I hate having to explain myself, I don’t think it’s necessary most of the time. Especially on the internet. I’m going to here because there are too many people that are saying things about me that aren’t true. I fully support Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and the Flash on the feature side of DC. I’ve never met the guy, but I think he is a fantastic and interesting actor. Would I have liked to play Barry Allen in a film? Sure. I love this character and it has changed my life and making movies and TV is something I hope to be fortunate enough to do for the rest of my life. I “liked” some tweets from fans that expressed their support of me and said they would have enjoyed seeing me in the movie. Nothing of anyone “bashing” Ezra. I don’t condone that type of behavior (especially on the internet) and I definitely don’t partake. I can’t wait to see all of the DC movies that are slated for the upcoming years. I am a fan and it will be awesome. Embarrassed that I had to do this but those are my honest thoughts. Everyone chill and be nice.”
Miller, who has spoken out in support of Gustin in the past, will take on the Flash mantle for the first time when he appears as Barry Allen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this spring, before putting on the red suit next year in Justice League – Part 1. He will then star in his own movie, scheduled for release on March 23rd 2018.