For the first time in Hollywood history an openly LGBT actor has been cast as the lead in a major superhero blockbuster movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra Miller, who starred in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), will play The Flash in a new movie.
The standalone film, which is set to première in 2018, is unconnected to the new The Flash television series and was announced by Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara on Wednesday.
Twenty-two year old Miller came out in an interview with OUT magazine in 2012, confirming: “I’m queer.”
“I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them,” he said at the time.
It’s presumed that Miller will also appear as The Flash in the superhero ensemble film Justice League Part One, set to be released in 2017, directed by Zack Snyder.
The casting is ground-breaking. No openly LGBT actor has ever fronted a major superhero or action film before.
Warner Bros. also announced that it will release a Wonder Woman film in 2017 (starring Gal Gadot), an Aquaman film in 2018 (starring Jason Momoa) and a Green Lantern reboot in 2020.