How Ezra Miller Was Able To Star In Both Fantastic Beasts And As The Flash

Ezra Miller

Right now, Ezra Miller is one of Warner Bros' most appreciated actors. Not only is he playing the mysterious Credence later this year in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but he's also contributing to the DC Extended Universe as Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. Getting to participate in two big franchises from the same studio is a cool accomplishment, but according to Miller, it required a lot of convincing on his part to make that happen.

By the time Ezra Miller was auditioning to play Credence in Fantastic Beasts, he had already signed on to be Flash in the DCEU. At first, Warner Bros didn't want him to play both characters due to scheduling issues, but Miller was determined to be part of both franchises, and turned to Golden Age actor Humphrey Bogart to make his case. As he explained to Pottermore:

So I'm thinking about the part, I'm dreaming about it, I want it and I know deep down that I will do anything for it. So I start emailing Warner Bros. and I say, 'Look at Humphrey Bogart!' Casablanca was his eleventh film with the studio that decade. We don't do that anymore, we don't develop relationships between actors and studios. There's no loyalty like that anymore. I say in these emails that I want that with you. I want Credence and I want The Flash.

As you can tell, Ezra Miller wanted to have a close relationship with Warner Bros beyond just playing one character in a major blockbuster. He was already gearing up to step in the Flash's boots, but he was also extremely invested in playing Credence in Fantastic Beasts. Because of his persistence, the studio was able to "move mountains" and fulfill Miller's wishes. Relationships between actors and studios certainly have changed a lot since Humphrey Bogart's heyday in the 1940s, but but at least Miller's determination led to him getting the best of both worlds.

Ezra Miller's Credence is one of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them's more mysterious characters. The adopted son of the witch/wizard-hating No-Maj Mary Lou, Credence is lonely and easily manipulated, so when he's found by Auror Percival Graves, he'll find himself wrapped up in the magical events plaguing New York City. Credence is also someone who could become "notable" within the Wizarding World, which could mean Miller is already slated to appear in Fantastic Beasts 2. As for The Flash, Miller has already cameoed as the Scarlet Speedster in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but Justice League will be the character's official debut. Miller will then lead the Flash movie in 2018, appearing alongside Kiersey Clemons and potentially Billy Crudup.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will work its magic in theaters on November 18, while Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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