Zack Snyder On Why Grant Gustin Isn’t The DCEU’s Flash

A few months after Grant Gustin (Glee) was cast in The Flash television series as the titular character, it was announced that Zack Snyder and WB were about to introduce the Scarlet Speedster to the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many fans immediately assumed that since Grant was just cast as Flash on the CW, that he was set to be on the move from his own television show, to the DC Cinematic Universe within a matter of months, but, such a move never came. Zack Snyder instead decided to sign relative newcomer Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) to the DCEU as The Flash. Even with the announcement fans still held out hope of Grant being considered for the role of Barry Allen in DC’s Cinematic playground. All hopes of that were dashed when it was revealed that Miller’s version of the Fastest Man Alive would be the Barry Allen incarnation – the same one that Grant Gustin plays on television. Since that announcement, DC has made it abundantly clear on multiple occasions that the DC TV-verse (DCTV) and the movie-verse (DCEU) will be kept separate for the foreseeable future. New York Daily News had a chance to ask Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder a question that’s been lingering for months: “Why wasn’t Grant considered as the cinematic Flash?” Here’s what he had to say:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I don’t see a version where… that (tone is) not our world. Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse (idea), so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”

I feel as if some people will read the “I don’t see a version where… that (tone is) not our world.” portion of that interview as Snyder’s way of saying that The Flash film is going to be “dark and gritty”. Actually, that couldn’t be further for the truth. Check out this interview with Zack Snyder and his wife on the different tone of the DCEU’s films:

“The mandate is that we try and make the best movies we can. If you’re making a Flash movie with Ezra Miller, it’s like millennial Flash. It’s going to be a little lighter than making a World War I epic with this feminist icon like Wonder Woman. The films do live in a united universe. I feel like the danger is – and I think the studio would acknowledge this – when you start to mimic things like tone. Then when you go to the movie, you pretty much know the experience you’re going to have.”

BvS producer and wife to Zack Snyder, Deborah, also weighed in on the different tone of the DCEU films:

“Zack and [DC chief creative officer] Geoff Johns have outlined a timeline of where everybody is based off of, where our characters go in Justice League. So there’s a framework. But it’s filmmaker driven, in that we want to hire directors who still have a point of view and that have latitude because we don’t want all the movies to feel the same. David Ayer has a certain tone and feel to what he brought to Suicide Squad, as does Patty [Jenkins] to Wonder Woman.”

It’s worth mentioning that Ezra Miller is a fan of The Flash television show, and is also a fan of Grant Gustin. The actor has said once in an interview that he’d love to see both Flashes on the big screen together, and in all honesty, it is possible. Many Flash stories contain time-travel, multiple universes, and many other crazy things that could allow for Grant’s version to hop over to the silver screen for a brief moment. Perhaps a Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline could be the perfect catalyst for such an event.

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Catch Ezra Miller’s debut as the Scarlet Speedster when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25th, 2016.