Grant Morrison, MBE, the Scottish comic-book superstar, had worked on the DCEU solo movie script, The Flash. Set to come out next year, the Andres Muschietti-directed movie was much-anticipated by the DC fandom ever since Miller’s brilliant introduction and portrayal of Barry Allen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
However, recently after the Miller Instagram controversy, Morrison has opened up about the 29-year-old actor. The latter is currently under legal trouble following a stream of Instagram memes insulting the authorities for not being able to catch him after the parents of an 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes accused him of grooming their daughter.
Grant Morrison and Ezra Miller: Their Brief Acquaintance
Morrison is a legend in the comic book world. As described by their bio, they are known for their non-linear narratives, humanist philosophy, and countercultural leanings in their runs on titles of various DC and Marvel comics.
Morrison admits that during the time they had known Miller, it didn’t seem like the actor was aggressive in any way. As opposed to the picture painted by the recent news of Miller, Morrison believes “it’s not the person they were” when the writer knew him.
“I know they’ve had these problems. I haven’t spoken to them for a while, and the last time I spoke was long, long before this. All I can say is that it’s just not the person I know. I’ve heard stories just like everyone else. I just don’t know. Ezra cut off contact from pretty much everyone for a while. It’s not the person they were. They weren’t aggressive in any way. I just thought Ezra was a super-intelligent kid with so many talents. So all I can say is that I didn’t see that side in any way with them.”
Grant Morrison Speaks About Ezra Miller’s Intelligence
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Morrison revealed that they and Miller had worked on The Flash script together for a while. And although most of it was scrapped, the experience led them to believe that Miller was quite intelligent. In their words:
“Well, there had been a few versions, and as far as I remember, Ezra just wasn’t quite happy with what he was getting at the time. And he had a lot of ideas; he came to me with a book of ideas. And then we worked together. It really was just the two of us. He came over here to Scotland and hung out, and we wrote this thing. I really liked it. They only gave us two weeks! It was cruelty, you know. It was hardcore.
We had to be like the Flash to get this thing done, and they were looking for something quite different. I got paid, and it was good fun. It didn’t do the job they were looking for, which was to franchise things and set things up, and bring other characters in. It was a Flash story, so it wasn’t where they wanted to go with multiverse and stuff. And that was the end of it.”
The Flash has already been in the making for almost a decade but the studio never got around to finding the right script or the right time. Miller’s contribution to the script centered much more around Barry Allen/The Flash alone rather than the usual comic leaning toward focusing on the greater universe at work and tangents toward expanding it.
The Flash is scheduled for a June 23, 2023, theatrical release.
Source: Rolling Stone