Ezra Miller, who plays Barry Allen in The Justice League, confirmed in an interview with Chris Van Vliet on Sunday that “Barry’s just Barry at this point” and “he doesn’t have a superhero name yet.” Despite operating as a red-clad speedster stopping villains like Captain Boomerang in Central City, Barry Allen still hasn’t developed his superhero persona yet.
“There’s even a scene that was cut from the movie,” Miller says in the interview, “where he’s going on and on and on trying to figure out who he should be and what he should call himself.” Now that’s just bad branding, Barry!
The Justice League has made it pretty clear thus far that Barry’s totally new at being a hero, but none of us thought he was this much of a newbie.
What’s even more strange is that Barry’s had his powers for awhile by the time The Justice League take place. Barry’s been a meta-human for at least a year in the timeline for the DC Extended Universe, so why hasn’t he gotten a name yet?
In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor already has a file on Barry in which he’s nicknamed him both “Flash” and “Red Streak.” By the time Suicide Squad happens, Barry already has himself the red armor costume, which he uses when catching Captain Boomerang before the movie takes place. It’s tough to say exactly when that scene takes place, but The Flash supposedly became more active with his superheroics after Superman died.
Barry’s route to fame as The Flash in The CW’s version of the character also took some time. Initially branded by Iris West as “The Streak” or even “The Red Streak,” it wasn’t until well into The Flash’s first season when Barry got his official superhero name.
Will Ezra Miller’s version of The Flash earn the moniker by the end of The Justice League? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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