If there was ever a problem child over at Warner Bros. Discovery it would be Flash star, Ezra Miller. The only problem is they aren’t a child. They’re 29. And their spawn-of-Satan behavior is jeopardizing a $200 million dollar film. That’s a problem. A big one.
Just over a week ago Warner Bros. Discovery shocked the world when they decided to permanently shelve Leslie Grace’s Batgirl for an apparent tax “write-down.” What made this news even more shocking is that it seems WBD was turning a blind eye to Ezra Miller’s ongoing legal issues and did not make any announcements about the upcoming movie The Flash.
Miller, who uses they/them pronouns has been exhibiting problematic behavior publicly since 2020 when they were filmed assaulting a fan on April 1 at Prikið Kaffihús, a trendy bar in central Reykjavik, Iceland.
After that, at the end of March 2022, Miller was arrested in Hawaii and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment following a physical altercation with patrons at a karaoke bar. Just about 2 weeks after that arrest, Miller was arrested again for allegedly throwing a chair at a woman.
In June 2022, The parents of 18-year-old activist Gibson Iron Eyes accused Miller of grooming their child. The family alleged that Miller has been involved with their child since they were 12. The family was able to obtain a protective order against Miller, however they were never able to serve them with the order, nor was the 18-year-old returned to their family.
In addition to the other allegations against Miller, they are allegedly harboring a woman and her three small children in an unsafe environment. Rolling Stone has reported that Miller has been accused of housing three young children and their mother on a farm they own in Vermont. While the father of the children claims he is concerned for their welfare, the mother insists that Miller had helped her escape from a “violent and abusive ex,” and Miller “helped me finally … have a safe environment for my three very young children.” Rolling Stone also quoted an unnamed witness, who claimed they saw a 1-year-old baby put a loose bullet in their mouth during a visit to the property. Vermont’s child services department has been unable to locate the woman and her children.
Miller’s latest issues with the law occurred just a few days ago when Vermont State Police confirmed that Miller has been charged with the “offense of felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling” in Stamford, Vermont. According to a police report, several bottles of alcohol were taken from the home. Probable cause was found after a review of surveillance videos and statements, and Miller was issued a citation on August 7 and they are scheduled to appear in court on September 26.
With all of Miller’s legal woes and disturbing allegations, Warner Bros. Discovery needs to make a decision about how to proceed with the upcoming release of The Flash. It seems that they have three options.
1. Cancel the movie like they canceled Batgirl
Shelving Batgirl was apparently a financially strategic move for WBD. Allegedly the $90+ million spent on the film could be recouped in tax “write downs.” The Flash, on the other hand, has already cost $200 million and it would be completely impossible to recast the role. With all the shake-ups happening at WBD, it wouldn’t be a huge shocker for them to shelve The Flash either, but considering the fact that David Zaslav, the current President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery said in regards to The Flash and Black Adam, “We’re very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific,” it’s highly unlikely The Flash will be junked altogether.
An insider told Reel 360 News that there is zero chance of WBD canceling the film. “They (Miller) could kill someone and WBD will still release it. It may not make money here, but overseas it still will.”
There is also a rumor floating about that Zaslav is determined to launch his 10-year timeline with the Snyderverse timeline. To be clear, the Snyderverse is dead, but it is the starting point.
2. Miller seeks psychiatric help, makes a public apology, and does their job promoting the movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter if Miller seeks professional help and makes some kind of public apology or does an interview explaining their actions, Miller could then do limited press for The Flash, and the movie would open in theaters as planned.
3. The Flash gets released and Miller stays away from the press promotions
The most likely scenario is that Miller just keeps doing what they’re doing and WBD keeps ignoring their shenanigans. Miller can remain on their property in Vermont, or go to jail, or whatever the criminal justice system has in store for them and WBD will release the movie in theaters as planned.
There are zero possibilities of reshooting Miller’s scenes as Miller appears in almost every scene and sometimes twice.
Instead of the star of the film appearing on talk shows and press junkets, the rest of the cast will have to handle promotions without them and let’s face it, Miller’s erratic behavior is alarming and there’s no telling how they will behave from one moment to the next.
Miller was cast as Barry Allen/The Flash in 2014 when it was announced there would be a movie called The Flash, however, they didn’t actually step into the role until 2016 when the character appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and then again in both iterations of Justice League.
As of right now, The Flash runs into theaters on June 23, 2023. Unless someone at WBD decides to spank Miller (which would be inappropriate) or send him to his room for a year.
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Joia DaVida reports on the entertainment industry in both Chicago and Los Angeles.