Ezra Miller Is Meeting With Warner Bros To Save The Flash

Ezra Miller has plenty of trouble that has put Warner Bros in a very tough spot, but the actor has now formally met with the studio to save The Flash.

By Mark McKee | Published

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Warner Bros. seems to have built their DC Extended Universe house on sand instead of rock. Warner Bros. launched a franchise rife with turmoil to compete with the superhero juggernaut that has been the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the last 14 years. After the Snyderverse faltered and ultimately died under the controversy of the Justice League, they were primed to hit the reset button with 2023’s The Flash. The sand beneath the floors began to wash away as the film’s star, Ezra Miller, who has played Barry Allen/The Flash since the franchise’s inception, began to devolve mentally. After over two years of odd behavior and bad press surrounding disturbing and dangerous behavior, the studio is at a crossroads. They must decide whether to continue with the film and navigate Miller’s volatile behavior or cancel the $200 million project. A new meeting between the studio and Miller may solve the problem. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra Miller and his agent, CAA’s Scott Metzger, met with new Warner Bros. film chairs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy. While the meeting details are being kept under wraps, we can assume the content of the discussion surrounded the three options WB reportedly has been circling regarding what to do with The Flash. A few weeks ago, the considerations floated were for Miller to seek help for their mental struggles, and the film would move forward as expected. WB could ignore Miller altogether and release the movie, seeking a new actor for the role moving forward. Or they could cancel the film, taking a $200 million loss. The meeting with Miller and his recent statements and apologies about his behavior seems to suggest that the first option has been decided on.  

Ezra Miller’s agent has had a tough time over the past two years as this entire situation began to play out. In April 2020, a tape surfaced showing them appearing to choke a female fan. The fans were reportedly very pushy, and Miller lost their temper. In January of 2022, they posted a cryptic message to the KKK warning them and threatening their lives. Miller was then arrested multiple times between March and April of 2022 after they allegedly committed an assault on people in Hawaii. In June of 2022, Miller was the subject of a protection order for an underage member of an indigenous tribe. The order asserts they introduced the child to drugs and took them on trips. There was another order sought separately. Then in August, Miller was charged with felony burglary in Vermont. 

There have been some reports that Ezra Miller and The Flash have combined for an excellent film. While that sounds like the first glimpse of good news for the studio and the fans, it also puts everyone in a precarious position. With the shake-ups at Warner Bros. due to the merger with Discovery, the delays of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and rocky history of quality, The Flash is certainly not the movie WB wants to lean on to save the DCEU. Most of the sand under the house has already washed out to the ocean; The Flash doesn’t seem to have a solid enough rock to save it from disappearing under the waves.