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Soon there will be two Barry Allens.

There’s the one we know well, played by Grant Gustin on The CW’s The Flash.

And there’s the one we know basically nothing about, to be played by Ezra Miller in Zach Synder’s upcoming Justice League movie (and very possibly making a cameo in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice).

We spoke to Miller on the set of one his other upcoming films — the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where he plays the mysterious son of an anti-wizard crusader — and we asked how his version of The Flash will be different than previous versions we’ve seen. The actor didn’t reveal anything specific but gave us the impression of a more flawed character.

“Well, [first] it’s going to be a movie,” he said. “I’d like for it to be an exploration of a human being, a multi-dimensional human being, to speak.” Miller pauses. “Wow, I just made such a pun, without meaning to!” he says, referring to The Flash’s parallel universe storyline in the comics. Miller continues: “I’d like the character to have many dimensions. But really, I’d like him to have the usual dimensions we know and love, and then some extra ones that are part of the amazing consideration of this superhero. I hope to realize him as a person, and I think what’s most exciting for me in superhero mythologies is when we feel the humanity of someone who is heroic — or the heroism of someone who is a flawed, deeply human person.”

Miller had arcs on Californication and Royal Pains, then appeared in films The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Trainwreck.

After Miller was cast as Allen, The CW’s Arrow star Stephen Amell gave the opinon that The Flash star Grant Gustin should have been cast in the big-screen version instead — while also noting that the DC universe is big enough for the both of them (and if it isn’t, well … there’s always more universes)

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We Are The Flash
The Flash

After the success of Arrow, Barry Allen (a.k.a. the Flash) gets his own CW treatment in this comic-themed spin-off.

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