Ezra Miller, the troubled lead in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash, met with Warner Bros. Discovery Execs to address the controversies.
Specifically, Warners’ Pamela Abdy and Michael De Luca met with Miller and their agent, CAA’s Scott Metzger, this past Wednesday to figure out how to salvage the release and promotion of the film. Miller’s consistently-building legal troubles. These troubles have stemmed from disorderly conduct to alleged assault. This pattern had caused Warner Bros. Discovery to formulate three options. Option A was that Ezra seeks professional help and takes accountability for their behavior. In the event of rejecting that option, Option B would be to still proceed with promoting the film, but completely avoid Miller’s involvement, and later recast Barry Allen for future films. Option C, finally, would see the studio completely scrap the film and hope that the insurance can help Warners cover the lost investment of $200 million as the film’s budget. The extreme measure would be due to the fact that Miller plays multiple versions of Barry Allen in the film, and therefore a fortune would be incurred in reshoots.
Ezra Miller as “The Flash” – Where Do Things Stand?
The studio has made such changes to its DC property output as of late since the merger. In relation to The Flash, which debuts soap star Sasha Calle as Supergirl, the spinoff TV series for HBO Max has been cancelled, as well as the unfinished Batgirl film starring Leslie Grace. It has also delayed the releases of Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom and Shazam: Fury of the Gods to December 25, 2023 and March 23, 2023, respectively.
Greatly concerned over the last option, Miller had conceded and on August 15th released the following statement: “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior.”
The results of this meeting – on the day that Batgirl was screened without consent on the Burbank lot – have not been disclosed. It was also the first time the actor had met with Abdy and De Luca since the merger of Warners Media and Discovery. Still, sources claim Miller was apologetic and sincere in their commitment to see the film arrive in theaters. Miller first cameoed as Barry Allen in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice before another appearance in Suicide Squad and his full involvement in the much-maligned Justice League. They have also appeared alongside Jason Mamoa‘s Aquaman in the last episode of Peacemaker.
The Flash is a loose adaptation of Geoff Johns’ and Andy Kubert’s miniseries “Flashpoint,” in which The Flash travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder. His inexperience with time travel causes a ripple effect that completely changes the present. The film is a cinematic entry point for audiences into the DC Multiverse, which means every TV series or movie is just another dimension and therefore canon. This approach allows for there to be both Ben Affleck’s Batman in the film, and Michael Keaton’s return to the cape and cowl after thirty-plus years as well. Calle’s debut as Supergirl also marks the first time a Latin-American has played the role in a live-action setting. It also calls into question whether or not fans will see Henry Cavill’s Superman make an appearance before Barry travels into the past. The film is one of the few remaining DCEU properties that shares the continuity of the Snyderverse, which saw a resurgence after the completion and release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. To date, there has been no official synopsis released for the film, and multiple rumors about what this movie could mean for the future of the DCEU. As the original comic story was the springboard for the company into “The New 52,” fans have speculated this could be a soft reboot for the Snyderverse to address the low points of the shared continuity.
The Flash is scheduled to run into theaters June 23, 2023.