Ezra Miller Talks ‘Justice League’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Fan Culture
Ezra Miller thinks Justice League and Harry Potter fans are very similar. The 24-year-old actor plays The Flash in the DC Comics series and Credence in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and thinks the “die-hard devotion” both sagas inspire is good for the world as it gives huge groups of people shared cultural references.
Asked about similarities between the franchises’ fans, he said: “I think there’s a diehard level of devotion in both places and both of these stories are y’know, sort of modern mythologies that people really do use as a source of information and inspiration in the way they live their lives. It becomes a huge part of people’s realities and I think it benefits people to have fantasy and stories like that, I think it’s really good for us individually and collectively as a culture to have these stories we can all refer to. Like, you can be like ‘You’re really Umbridging me right now’ and someone would be like ‘Woah that’s horrible, I’m so sorry.’ We have a mutually-understood vernacular based on these stories we all know.”
And Ezra also joked about the comforting feeling of the costume he dons to play Barry ‘The Flash’ Allen.
Speaking to ET Canada, he quipped: “Once you find tights, there’s really no going back. Your legs are just swaddled like wee babes in blankets.”
Ezra will next be seen as The Flash in Justice League – which will be released in November 2017 – and promised fans will enjoy seeing the relationship between his character and Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman.
He told IGN: “I think it’s the relationship between someone who is naive and excited and someone who is experienced and jaded. And it’s that seeing each other as reflections of one another and being amused, and maybe sometimes annoyed, by one another. I think Bruce and Barry get a kick out of each other because they’re seeing themselves but reflected in this very warped mirror, you know? Bruce, the aged Batman, is everything that being a superhero means you could become, in terms of being, like, pretty shut down and having seen all this horror. He’s like a veteran of this struggle against evil. And Barry is just getting into it, and it seems exciting! And very fun! And so, I think they have a lot to learn from each other, like in any great friendship. I think it’s a fascinating relationship.”