DC’s The Flash movie is probably the most controversial offering of the franchise, as it features Ezra Miller in the titular role despite their alarming behavior, which involves addiction and harassment. Given their scandals, fans have been expecting DC Studios to drop them, but the actor is moving on with their role in the upcoming film. Despite the controversies surrounding the film, it remains one of the most anticipated installments from the DCU, and Kiersey Clemons, who plays Iris West in the movie, recently shared her thoughts on starring in the film.
Clemons was cast as Iris West in 2016, and in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, the actress gave comments on how her version in the upcoming movie will be different from the other offerings of the co-leader of the Flash.
“I think that working off of Ezra and knowing them for so many years influenced who Iris was. [We] exaggerated how opposite their personalities are, and Andy [Muschietti] was the one directing us in that way. Because, you know me, I wanted to give her this big sense of humor. But Iris, she's very straight to the point. And there's conflict amongst them and a vulnerability that makes her feel more reserved; she doesn't exactly put it all out there.” she narrated.
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After Candice Patton portrayed the intrepid reporter in the Arrowverse for nearly a decade, Iris West has become a fan favorite, making fans excited about Clemons' iteration of the iconic journalist because she is expected to offer a distinct difference from the past performances before her. Clemons' description encapsulates the role Iris West will be playing in parallel to Patton's portrayal.
The dynamic she describes with Miller's Barry, in particular, suggests that Muschietti is capitalizing on the differences between these characters to establish an "opposites attract" relationship. This could be crucial in cementing them as distinct versions of Barry and Iris, especially in light of The Flash TV show's "best friends to lovers" troupe.
The Flash was first announced as part of the DCEU in 2014 and has faced a decade of delays before it's expected to finally hit the screen this year. James Gunn announced his plans for the DC Extended Universe, which is slated to be born in 2025. He also hyped the upcoming The Flash movie and noted that it will set the tone for the DCU's reboot.
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“I will say here that Flash is probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made,” Gunn said to Deadline. DC’s co-head is also refusing to say if Miller will stay in character after the standalone film he builds them up regarding their mental and physical progress.
“Ezra is completely committed to their recovery. We are fully supportive of the journey they are on right now. When the time is right, when they are ready to have that discussion, we will all figure out what the best path forward is.” justified Gunn.
The Flash hits theaters on June 16, 2023.
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