Harrison Wells actor bemoans Zack Snyder’s dismissal of Grant Gustin’s talents
Unlike comic book powerhouse Marvel Studios, DC has decided to keep the universe of its superhero films separate from its television shows. That’s led to some contention when it comes to the character of The Flash, though.
Most of the DC television characters aren’t scheduled to be part of the DC Extended Universe anyway; there’ve been no plans announced for Green Arrow, Supergirl, Rip Hunter, or their companions (and Gotham is a prequel taking place in its own separate universe).
The Flash, however, is a hit show on The CW starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, and the character will also be appearing in the upcoming Justice League films — as well as his own film in 2018. Ezra Miller has been cast as Barry Allen and debuted in a quick cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Tom Cavanagh plays Dr. Harrison Wells on The CW’s The Flash, and was recently a guest on the Nerdist’s podcast, Puck Soup. Cavanagh doesn’t necessarily think Gustin should be playing The Flash on the big screen, but he does think he should’ve been given a chance.
Here are Cavanagh’s comments, courtesy of ComicBook.com:
“It was either Variety or Vanity Fair that wrote an article that said [DC] needs to watch what they’re doing on TV, because the TV’s working and some of the other darker stuff isn’t working.
“…for Zack Snyder to say ‘that’s not really the universe that we’re building,’ it’s excruciating for an actor.”
“Here’s what I’ll say about him not being The Flash. The first thing is that for Zack Snyder to say ‘that’s not really the universe that we’re building,’ it’s excruciating for an actor. Because you’re like, ‘Uh, what about acting?’ He’s a clean-cut guy and winning, yes, because he’s acting that. He’s not Barry Allen. He’s Grant Gustin. He created that thing. If you want [your Flash] to have long hair and be a slacker, believe me, Grant can play that. He makes it look easy and makes everyone think that’s what he is because he’s an incredibly skilled talent. That’s why he has that job. That’s why people like the show.
“If Zack Snyder were to read him for [The Flash], he would be shocked. It’s crazy for a big-time Hollywood director to say ‘that’s not the universe.’ It’s a huge misstep on his part. If you’re a director, and you’re worth your oats, then you should be able to, given an actor with talent, mold him into what you want, and Grant could do that.”
Cavanagh goes on to sympathize with those making the DC films, though, and reveals the advice he gave Gustin when Miller’s casting was announced:
“The second thing is that the movies are tremendous. They’re building all of us up. The difficult thing for the movies is that we’ve had two years in the case of The Flash to win you over and tell a story. They have two hours. That’s not easy to do. So that’s why you see so many missteps. It’s very hard to get that right. And I said to Grant when this was announced: ‘Look, that’s years from now. Do you just want to just be The Flash? You have the ability to be in a Spielberg war movie next.’ And that will happen for him.
“For his first big movie role to be The Flash, I don’t know if that’s the best thing for him. because you’re asking him to do the same thing he’s had years to do, to do the exact same thing in two hours, and it’s in different hands creatively. It’s tricky.”
Grant Gustin’s Flash may not be sharing the big screen with his Justice League colleagues, but we can at least look forward to this year’s epic Arrow/The Flash/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow/Supergirl event.