Guess that’s three strikes for Ezra Miller. The DC actor has been making headlines – and not the good kind. Following two arrests in Hawaii and a recent felony burglary charge in Vermont, it looks like Warner Bros can’t ignore the controversies anymore.
Miller is starring in The Flash, an upcoming solo movie based on the popular DC character. The movie is currently scheduled for 23 June 2023 and whilst Warner has been avoiding the line of fire, especially since the movie is a big-budget tentpole film for the studio, pressure is mounting by the day.
On top of the arrests and charge against the actor, Vermont’s child services department is also attempting to locate a mother and three children who have allegedly been residing at Miller’s farm in the state.
An outright shelving of The Flash is not off the table, though it would be a last resort. Other situations and possible scenarios that Warners is entertaining include an interview with Miller to explain their erratic behaviour over the past few years, limited press and opening the movie in cinemas as planned; releasing the film and pulling Miller from marketing and publicity efforts (ala Armie Hammer and Death of the Nile) as well as recasting the role in future projects and scrapping the US$200 million film movie.
The Flash is a key film for Warners, as it is expected to chart a new course for the DC Extended Universe. Miller was cast as the Flash in 2014, the same year a solo The Flash film was announced. They began their time as the Flash with cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, both released in 2016, before having a main role in Justice League a year later.
Guess what happens next depends on new CEO David Zaslav, who earlier this month, shocked fans and Hollywood when he shelved the completed US$90 million Batgirl movie.