It’s been a rocky week for DC Films and their live-action adaptation of The Flash. Fans have been looking forward to Barry Allen’s big screen debut, but plans for his arrival were threatened recently when director Rick Famuyiwa confirmed he had left the project. With yet another director gone, The Flash is slowing down without anyone to guide it into production - but Ezra Miller seems bright about the film’s future. During a recent interview, the actor talked about his work on the film and revealed he used a massive treadmill to shoot his scenes as the Flash.
Ezra is currently promoting Warner Brother’s much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The actor sat down with FOX 5 DC where he was asked how he filmed the scenes where the Flash runs faster than the speed of light.
“Sometimes, they make me run which I was outraged!” he joked. “I thought playing the Flash, this is great - you can’t see him running, so this is going to be easy. But they were like, ‘No, Ezra, we need you to run.’”
“We have this enormous treadmill. I think its called a ‘tumble-lator.’ It’s 25-feet long and goes up to 45 miles per hour and its bouncy like a trampoline. It’s pretty much a dream come true. They strap me into harnesses and do all sorts of things.”
The actor continued and talked about how The Flash will marry practical stunts and choreography with visual effects. Ezra said the film’s team is creating “a vocabulary where choreography meets visual effects. What we’re trying to implement is a wide diversity of tactics of how we create these moments. I don’t want to give away too much, but a lot of the Flash is his perception.”
Ezra even gave an example to help explain what exactly he means by perception. The actor said, “You know that moment when someone is eating and they’re talking to you because they are so excited but it’s kind of rude - and then [there’s] like a single crumb of food? And you see it in slow motion? It’s almost like your brain is speed up so it [the crumb] is slowing down. That’s a lot of what we are thinking about and dealing with.”
The actor even took a moment to nerd-out and gush over the geeky conversations that the film’s crew gets to have about the Flash’s physics-bending gifts. “We get to be like, ‘Wait, he’d be so sweaty because he’s running all the time. But, wait! He wouldn’t be sweaty at all because all the sweat would have evaporated the second it formed. You know what I mean? We just get to exist in this,” he said.
Obviously, the film sounds as if it will be a fun one - and Ezra himself has even said The Flash will please moviegoers who want “something extremely fun” yet “deeply human.” However, there is some uncertainty now with how the movie will move forward.
The loss of Famuyiwa is a major blow to the project. His absence has sparked fears that other cast and crew members may leave the film like Kiersey Clemons who is set to play Iris West. With the film slated to release on March 2018, there isn’t much time to finish the film’s script, find a director, finalize the cast, and set-up production. As such, all signs are pointing to the sad reality that The Flash might be delayed, but that is only a rumor for now.
But it doesn’t look like Ezra is too phased. In fact, it appears as if the actor hasn’t slowed down one bit.