With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Every superhero has an origin story. Very few of them involve tilapia.
For Ezra Miller, joining the developing DC Universe as The Flash was very much a fishy situation. Speaking with MTV News at Sundance, where he was promoting his acclaimed new movie "Stanford Prison Experiment," Miller revealed that he was minding his own business in a remote, landlocked town in the middle of Costa Rica, relaxing and eating a fresh plate of tilapia and mango salsa… when suddenly, his phone rang.
"I get this call and I'm thinking, 'This is really weird,'" he said, explaining that he was completely unaware at the time that he even had cell phone service in Costa Rica. It turns out the call was from his agent, who was on the other line with someone who needed to speak with Miller in a flash, about "The Flash."
"He says, 'I have Zack Snyder on the phone, and he wants to talk to you about this DC Universe thing,'" Miller recalled. "And so [Snyder] got on the phone, and he's just gung ho. He’s in it. He’s completely involved. And he starts talking about how I’m going to play The Flash. And I was just in this state of shock and disbelief."
It's only appropriate that Miller's casting happened so fast, given his superhero's power-set. We're due to see him suit up as the Scarlet Speedster within the next couple of years, for "Justice League" if not for a cameo in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." But his own solo film as "The Flash" is still some years away, not hitting theaters until 2018 — and as such, Miller isn't quite ready to put the tilapia down to start hitting the racetrack.
"I'm not running yet," he said. "Right now, I'm still in the stretching phase. I want to stretch for a while."
"The Stanford Prison Experiment" recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.