Why The DCEU's Iris West Is Avoiding The CW's Version Of The Character

Kiersey Clemons Dope

Later this year, actress Kiersey Clemons will be making her debut as Iris West in Zack Snyder's Justice League­­ - but as many have pointed out, it will be the second live-action adaptation of the character we've seen recently. For the last three years, actress Candice Patton has been playing Iris on The Flash television series, and as a result we've been left wondering how the big screen and small screen iterations will compare and contrast. It turns out that any comparison that movie-goers eventually make between the two adaptations will be entirely coincidental, as Clemons has been avoiding the CW show like the plague since she got the DCEU gig. The actress told me today,

When I do projects where it's [characters that have been adapted before]... no. I will let it affect me. Actually, I lied. I saw a little bit of it before I did [Justice League]. But now it's like, 'Oh no, no, no.' Because I'll pull from it! I'll be like, 'I want to do that. No, I don't want to do that.' No, no, no.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kiersey Clemons this morning during the Los Angeles press day for Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy In New York -- her new film co-starring Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Cynthia Nixon. Towards the end of the interview, I steered the conversation towards her future as Iris West in the DC Extended Universe, and asked about her relationship with Candice Patton's take on the character on the Flash series. As you can read above, she has been very strict about keeping that relationship a distant one, as she has been completely staying away from it ever since she landed the Justice League part.

It likely won't be until The Flash's developing solo movie ­-- The Flash: Flashpoint -- that audiences get a full dose of Kiersey Clemons' take on Iris West, but it's been previously reported that the character would be introduced in Justice League. That being said, the film is currently in the midst of reshoots with replacement director Joss Whedon at the helm, and apparently none of the scenes they are doing include Iris. The actress told me,

Not doing reshoots, so I don't even know if the movie is being made anymore! But we're about to find out! [laughs] But I got to do my stuff with Zack, and I hope he's well, and we're going to see what's going to happen.

For what should be obvious reasons, we have next to no idea what's being changed in Justice League following the reshoots, but Kiersey Clemons' comments certainly do make us wonder if her work is going to be affected by the edit. Unless it really makes no sense or kills the film's pacing, we're hoping it doesn't, as Clemons has proven herself a talented actress, and audiences certainly want to know more about the world of the new blockbuster Flash (played by Ezra Miller).

Should all things go according to plan, fans will be able to see Kiersey Clemons in Justice League when the film hits theaters on November 17th -- but before then you can see her back up on the big screen in The Only Living Boy In New York on August 11th.

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