Despite still being in its infancy, the DC Extended Universe is quickly attempting to catch up to Marvel in regards to serialized storytelling and assembling a large cast of interesting characters. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did a bunch of groundwork for the universe, including introducing Justice League members like Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman. All of the characters will be together in Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is enough to make any self respecting nerd drool with anticipation. But how will the various heroes get along and work with each other? We just learned how The Flash fits into this dynamic, and it sounds pretty fantastic.
Flash is Ringo Starr. He annoys everybody, but he doesn't have any specific beef with anyone. Uncle Fish Curry [Aquaman] is very grumpy. Dad [Batman] gets grumpy too. (He's had a long life of fighting crime.) Wonder Woman is very considerate, so even though she's annoyed with the Flash, she's still very compassionate.
That's right, The Flash is the Ringo of the Justice League. So basically, he's the OTHER guy, which is sure to make for some hilarious scenes. After all, nobody's favorite Beatle is Ringo... except Zooey Deschanel's character in 500 Days of Summer.
But in all honesty, Ezra Miller's Flash is likely to add the levity which Zack Snyder's Justice League sorely needs. Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman have been heavily criticized for their morose and humorless tones. In contrast, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept comedy present in all of their films. While dark themes are certainly explored, there are always enough laughs included, so the films don't drag.
But Ezra Miller has already shown just how funny the character of Barry Allen will be in the DCEU. From Justice League's first trailer, you can tell what a change the DCEU has gone through. And the most delightful moments from the trailer come from the interaction between Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne and Miller's Barry Allen. The Flash is still a kid, who is excited about his new career in crime fighting. Much like Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, a teenage perspective on crime fighting mirrors the audience's excitement. Superheroes are cool, and younger characters understand just how exciting it all is.
Of course, we still have almost a year before Justice League finally flies into theaters. But with marketing slowly amping up for the superhero blockbuster, let's hope that we will see some new footage in the near future. More stills have been released lately, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
Justice League hits theaters November 17th, 2017.