Justice League: How The Flash’s Powers Were Filmed, According To Ezra Miller

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If you've been paying any attention to the world of Hollywood you'll notice one trend: superheroes are everywhere. Between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, and the X-Men franchise, you can't turn a corner without seeing someone in tights saving the day and kicking ass. The MCU was groundbreaking in redefining what a comic book movie could do, and now DC has followed suit by creating their own connected universe. The DCEU will truly have its housewarming party with Justice League, assembling a mass of DC legends to save the day. And one of the most exciting aspects of the upcoming hero flick is Ezra Miller's Flash.

Ezra Miller recently sat down with Fox 5 DC to promote his role in Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. Eventually the subject turned to Justice League, where he was asked how The Flash's super speed scenes were filmed. He shared the following:

Sometimes they make me run. Which I was outraged because I thought, you know, playing The Flash, this will be great, you can't see him running so this will be easy! No, no, Ezra, we need you to run. We have this enormous treadmill that's called, I think, The Tumblelator, that's like 25 feet long, goes 45 miles per hour and its bouncy, like a trampoline. Pretty much a dream come true. Then, they strap me into a harness, we do all sorts of stuff. What we're creating is a vocabulary; where choreography meets visual effects. And what we're trying to implement is a wide diversity of tactics of how we create these moments and... A lot of The Flash is his perception.

This sounds pretty fantastic. Finding a plausible way to make The Flash's super speed look exciting must have been a challenge, but it appears Zack Snyder and company are thinking out of the box and reinventing the wheel a bit.

It should be interesting to see how Ezra Miller's Flash functions using his powers. His cameos on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad essentially show him teleporting from place to place, as bolts of blue electricity move around him. But the trailer for Justice League flipped the script a bit. When Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne threw at Batarang at Barry Allen, we saw time essentially stop as Barry took a look around his surroundings and moved freely. It felt very similar to Quicksilver's amazing scenes in X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but hopefully they'll make it their own in Justice League.

Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and see how The Flash's powers work when Ezra Miller's Flash finally hits theaters. We have a while to wait though, as the Wonder Woman movie will come first and bridge the gap between Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Wonder Woman will be released June 2nd, 2017, followed by Justice League will be November 17th, 2017.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.