‘The Flash’: WB Reportedly Open To Keeping Ezra Miller Around For The Long Haul

You think the fan backlash towards Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios is bad now? How fierce would it be if Henry Cavill’s Superman, Dwayne Johnson’s Superman, multiple actors as Batman, and possibly Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman were all dismissed…and yet Ezra Miller remains as The Flash? Well, that’s a distinct possiblity based on reporting in a recent Variety piece.

According to the report, Miller’s been staying out of trouble since getting mental health treatment last summer, and that has studio execs open to the idea of keeping them around in James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DCU.

Miller’s problems are well-documented and potentially very serious. They’ve been accused of grooming, of kidnapping, of starting a cult, of physical abuse against a woman, and there’s also a charge of felony burglary. In most cases, a studio would’ve written off an actor with this many issues, but Miller is attached to an expensive but possibly lucrative superhero franchise. The hope has always been that they can be rehabilitated rather than fired. Miller has said and done the right things, meeting with WB officials and dedicating himself to fixing the situation.

All of that said, this is still a pretty ugly look for WB. Nothing is set in stone. As we’ve seen in recent weeks, the ground is shifting rapidly at DC Studios and what’s true now might not be tomorrow. I would say Miller’s time as Flash are still numbered, but who truly knows? A lot will depend on how¬†The Flash¬†does when it opens on June 16th.

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.