The Flash movie's release date is slipping away — Can Ezra Miller save it?

Justice League dir. Zack Snyder 2017

The Flash movie has experienced so many delays and things aren't looking too hopeful.

The Flash may be one of the most beloved of all DC Comics characters. Barry Allen first appeared in 1956, signalling the arrival of a new and speedy superhero. Since the early days of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, fans of Allen's hero have called out for a film dedicated to exploring his mythos and story. Despite the launch of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), audiences are yet to witness Flash's first solo outing. However, most agree that the right star can make it a success. 

This is, of course, the talented Ezra Miller. The New Jersey-born performer made his impact on a small audience way back in 2008 with Antonio Campos' disturbing sophomore effort, Afterschool. Since then, he has gone to star in the likes of We Need to Talk About KevinThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Stanford Prison Experiment and of course, Justice League. Miller first depicted The Flash in 2016's divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which ushered in the introduction of the squad very briefly.

However, the character was given much more screen presence in Snyder's aforementioned 2017 effort; essentially the DCEU's answer to Marvel's The Avengers. Unfortunately, due to the poor reception of the film, plans for The Flash's first feature have been plagued by doubt. 

It's strange, as we have seen that the DCEU has a much better recent track record with solo-ventures. Aquaman has proved to be their biggest success and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman proved to be a critical darling that essentially saved the day for DC. Despite this, plans for The Flash have been delayed with re-writes, director replacements and general lack of clear vision. The latest update comes from Empire, who announced that The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Miller is now writing his own script. 

This could mean that the project will finally have life. He has been depicting the character for numerous years now and it may be best left in his hands. The risky thing is this; if his script is unable to persuade the studio, the project may finally hit a brick wall and get left behind. After all, Aquaman is now a very hot property with sequels and spin-off's on the way, Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be a huge success and the studio seem very concerned about the fate of their first solo Batman film. It's a busy and crucial time for the DCEU, and if Miller's script doesn't blow them away, we could finally say goodbye to the performer's chance to shine in the role. 

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