According to Deadline, Warner Bros Discovery’s new CEO, David Zaslav, has his first major problem on his hands. The studio’s new founder has not been shy in expressing the fact that he wants the DC Extended Universe to be as big (if not bigger) as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the films that will allow the franchise to do so, and truly compete with Marvel, is The Flash, which is currently set to release in theatres on June 23, 2023.
The Andy Muschietti-directed film has a real opportunity to compete with Marvel because it’ll open the sandbox of the DC Multiverse, with alternate versions of The Flash being present, and having Michael Keaton return to his iconic role as Batman. Keaton will take over the role of the Caped Crusader from Ben Affleck (who will also appear in the movie), and will continue to play him in Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah‘s Batgirl, currently slated to release on HBO Max. Michael Shannon and Antje Traue will also appear as alternate versions of General Zod and Faora-Ul from Man of Steel.
All of this sounds great until you start talking about the elephant in the room, Ezra Miller, who has been having some troubles off-set. Recently, Tokata Iron Eyes was granted an order of protection from Ezra Miller, who has allegedly attacked them and, according to their parents, manipulated Tokata to make them believe they were transgender. However, Miller has reportedly fled with Tokata, with the actor using their Instagram to mock law enforcement trying to find them, stating that “You cannot touch me. I am in another universe.” These stories were eventually deleted, with the account as well.
Another woman and a twelve-year-old child were also granted an order of protection from Miller, who allegedly showed up at their house, wearing a bulletproof vest with a gun in their hand, while touching the twelve-year-old’s hips. As of right now, the police cannot find Ezra Miller’s location.
Because of this, it was reported that Miller will no longer star as Barry Allen/The Flash, regardless if more allegations come out or not. However, the studio spent over $200 million on the movie, which leads Zaslav to three choices on the fate of the movie, which will reportedly be decided soon.
First, the movie could release in theatres as is, but without a press tour and strong promotional pull, as is usually the case with tentpole releases and superhero films. The movie could also go straight-to-streaming on HBO Max, or try and make the movie the hit it is envisioned to be, which starts by seeking help to Ezra Miller. The studio has reportedly tried to get them help, but more allegations keep surfacing, which puts the film’s release in jeopardy.
Time will tell what Warner Bros. will do with The Flash, but it’s not looking good for anyone, particularly Miller, who the authorities still do not know where they are.