Ezra Miller, best known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) with Emma Watson, has been cast as Barry Allen/The Flash for in DC’s Cinematic Universe. He will play a different incarnation of The Flash, completely separate from the character featured on CW’s The Flash starring Grant Gustin.
Miller, who identifies himself as “queer” in an interview with Out, becomes the first open LGBT actor to play a superhero in a feature film.
The casting of Miller ends any speculation that Scoot McNairy has been cast as the fastest running superhero. In addition to starring in the tentatively titled Justice League Part One set for release in 2017, Miller will also star in a stand-alone The Flash film set for a 2018 release.
In addition to the news of Miller’s casting, Warner Bros. announced a full slate of films based on DC Comics, which include a 2020 release for a Cyborg film starring Ray Fisher. The studio also officially acknowledged that Jason Momoa is officially cast as Aquaman stating that he will star in a 2018 solo film. Green Lantern will also see a solo movie release in 2020. It’s likely the new Green Lantern will be a reboot of the ill-fated 2011 film featuring Ryan Reynolds.
Warner Bros. is taking a different approach to their superhero universe than Marvel’s phase plan. Justice League will be split into two parts with various DC stand-alone films scattered around the two Justice League films. Some will be released before Justice League Part One, some between Part One and Part Two, and some after Justice League Part Two. It’s unknown which films will be stand alone and which ones will be involved in the shared cinematic universe.
Here’s the full list of films and their expected release dates:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder, opening on March 25, 2016
- Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, for 2016
- Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, for 2017
- Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams reprising their roles, for 2017
- The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, for 2018
- Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, for 2018
- Shazam, for 2019
- Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder, for 2019
- Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher, for 2020
- Green Lantern, for 2020
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