As those who have seen the film are already aware, Ezra Miller has a quick blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as Barry Allen/The Flash, and while it isn’t much, it continues to raise excitement for his iteration of the character, who’s already looking like one of the more promising aspects of the DCEU right now. Especially following his small, but memorable exchange with Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne in that Justice League trailer.
However, after both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were welcomed with overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, and equally mixed reactions from fans, hope for the future of the DCEU seems to be dwindling more and more nowadays, with both Wonder Woman and Justice League being possibly the only chances the cinematic universe has from becoming a complete disaster at this point.
While recently speaking with MTV as well, Miller talked about his reaction to the Suicide Squad negative reviews, and how he feels the reactions help to motivate himself and everyone else on the Justice League cast to deliver something special:
“You needn’t look any further than the Suicide Squad director and cast response to the negative reviews to feel how negative critiques motivate us. Ultimately, we can’t base anything on [the critical response]. As artists, we aim to please absolutely everybody with our work, but we also know that we have to keep expressing ourselves as best as we can express ourselves… It’s like that T.I. song, ‘Motivation.’”
Miller has been on the receiving end of some serious critical acclaim throughout his career so far, with many critics praising his performances in films like We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower as nothing short of Oscar-worthy.
With that being said, his response here is pretty typical and what you’d expect from an actor in his position to say, though it’s not quite the by-the-numbers “we don’t make our movies for critics” form answer that we’ve come to expect in these situations. I honestly have hope for Justice League as well, and I know I’m not the only one, so it’s looking more and more like 2017 could be the year for DC that 2016 was supposed to be. Either that, or it’ll be the final nail in the DCEU’s coffin. Maybe it’s the optimist in me though, thinking that it’ll be the former this time around.
Justice League is set to hit theatres on November 17th, 2017.
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